Whangamata Travel Guide

  • Whangamata, famous for its unique combination of beach and rainforest, and its amazing ocean beach provides some of the best surfing breaks, yet safest swimming in the country.

    Coromandel big game fishing can also be found further off the coast.

    Things to do in Whangamata

    The Coromandel Forest Park and Tairua Forest bordering the town provide many outdoor experiences, including short walks, mountain bike trails and old gold mining sites.

    The town also has one of the best shopping centres in the region, a unique café culture and a range of sporting facilities from golf (9 & 18 hole courses) to a swimming pool that is the envy of many nearby communities.

    Rich in a variety of arts, sculpture, painting, weaving and pottery.

    Whangamata Accommodation

    A number of the houses in the area are holiday homes - providing weekend refuge and the classic kiwi beach holiday.

    Places to visit in Whangamata

    • Opoutere - popular for swimming and surfing, this spectacular white sand, 5km beach is protected from development by an afforested reserve. Wharekawa Harbour is known for bush walking and bird watching.
    • Whangamata Mountain Biking – The Whangamata Information Centre provides information and permits for bush walks, mountain bike trails and other activities in the Pine Forest located 3km north of town on State Highway 25 .
    • Luck at Last Mine - a well sign posted track in the forest provides a scenic one hour walk to old gold mine ruins. An alternative track to Pritchard's Kauri in virgin bush is 4km further on the Forestry Rd.
    • Onemana - a popular surfcasting beach that offers exceptional views from the southern hilltop.
    • Whiritoa - exposed and often rough, this beach does have a tidal lagoon that offers safe swimming.
    • Whangamata Craft Trail - gifted local artisans can be visited using a brochure available from the Information Centre.
    • Wentforth Valley - offering a 30 min Old Mines walk, a two hour walk to the waterfalls and a five hour walk, Maratoto- Wentworth
    • Tuhua (Mayor) Island - famous waters for big game fishing 30km off the coast, that can be reached by one of the local charter boats.
    New Zealand Itineraries which include the Coromandel region:

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