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Whitianga Travel Guide 

  • Whitianga Accommodation

    Whitianga offers a range of accommodation; incuding motels, bed and breakfast (B&B), backpackers and farmstay/homestay accommodation.

    Whitianga (Coromandel) holiday homes, self-contained apartments and cottages can be rented.

    Holiday Park accommodation cater for camping in the Coromandel, as well as motorhomes, campervan and caravan sites.

    Affordable family accommodation can also be found at Coromandel motor parks.

    Things to Do in Whitianga

    The Coromandel Peninsula is most famous for it's Whitianga fishing charters, and there are many to choose from. Visitors to Whitianga may also take a guided tour of the region with a quality Whitianga tour guide.

    About Whitianga

    Located on the east coast of the Coromandel, Mercury Bay's main town of Whitianga  has attracted visitors for more than a thousand years, since Maori explorer Kupe first settled here around 950A.D. But it was Captain James Cook who gave the area its name, when he anchored  in the bay in 1769 to observe the transit of Mercury.

    Now an establiished tourist resort, the Bay's spectacular coastline is dotted with islands and its relatively sheltered waters are perfect for all water sports. Azure blue waters roll onto clean white sands, while protective arms of bush clad hills shelter the bays.

    Mercury Bay is a very popular holiday destination and during the summer months the population swells considerably. For the rest of the year, a relaxed, away from it all atmosphere prevails.

    Located south of Whitianga approx 20mins via road or a short 5 minute ferry ride and a 10min drive is the settlement of Hahei, a magnificent beach and a very scenic walking track to Cathedral Cove. South again is wonderful Hot Water Beach, so named because of the hot springs which surface on the sand two hours either side of low tide. You can take a spade and dig your own hot pool.

    New Zealand Itineraries which include the Coromandel region:

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