Flaxmill Bay (Maramaratotara Bay) is uniquely picturesque.
Flaxmill Bay offers a sheltered safe beach where you can swim with all of the family. Alternatively you could just cosy up with a great book in the sun and watch the boats moored in the bay gently bobbing up and down.
Catch the Ferry from Whitianga Wharf to Ferry Landing. Cathedral Cove Shuttles run services from Ferry Landing that will take you to Flaxmill Bay. Alternatively if you need to stretch your legs you can walk from Ferry Landing to Flaxmill Bay, which is a short moderate flat walk that will take you approximately 15 minutes.
See the Getting Around Guide for a range of options.
Industries from the 1860s in Mercury Bay developed around timber, kauri gum, gold, and flax milling – which is where Flaxmill Bay derives its English name. Flax was processed and used to produce rope for local and British markets. Today the industries have long gone, but the Ferry Landing Wharf located a few minutes from Flaxmill Bay provides a busy hub for locals and visitors going about their daily activities.
Front Beach is adjacent to Flaxmill Bay and is also a must with its white sand and Pohutukawas trees, making this a particularly attractive spot on a hot summers day.