• Whitianga

    In The Heart of The Coromandel NZ

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  • Whitianga

    In The Heart of The Coromandel NZ

    Explore

  • Whitianga

    In The Heart of The Coromandel NZ

    Explore

  • Whitianga

    In The Heart of The Coromandel NZ

    Explore

  • Whitianga

    In The Heart of The Coromandel NZ

    Explore

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    The Lost Spring Thermal Pools & Day Spa

Explore Whitianga

Whitianga, the fastest growing town on the Coromandel Peninsula is ever popular with tourists and attracting more people wanting to enjoy an idyllic work-play lifestyle.

If you're touring around the Coromandel Peninsula, you're likely to discover the beautiful seaside town of Whitianga with it's long safe swimming beaches and waterways. Tourists seeking out hot pools on neighbouring Hot Water Beach and the beautiful scenery of Cathedral Cove often come to Whitianga for shopping, relaxing, dining and a multitude of tours and activities available year round.

Whitianga Mercury Bay

All About Whitianga

How to get there

By car

  • You can get to Whitianga by car following SH25.
  • By ferry from Mercury Bay South (Flaxmill Bay, Cooks Beach, Hahei and Hot Water Beach). Catch the Ferry from Ferry Landing to Whitianga Wharf. This is a short ferry ride and Whitianga Wharf is centrally located in Whitianga township.

Other transport

See the Getting Around Guide for a range of options.

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Things to do for the kids

The playground at the Esplanade Reserve beside the wharf is magic. It has a glorious water view and is close to cafes to grab a take away latte. Enjoy while the kids have fun on the play ship called the Jolly Roger, swings and the spider web climbing frame. Also see our Activities for Kids Guide for a range of options.

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Where to grab a bite

See below or view our Restaurant and Bar Guide for a wide range of casual and formal dining options.

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Places to stay

See below or check out accommodation options in our Accommodation Guide.

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Shopping

See below or view our Local Information Guide.

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Must Do's

  • Enjoy a walk along Buffalo Beach.
  • Find a prime spot at one of Whitianga’s restaurants to enjoy a beverage while watching the sunset.
  • Whitianga offers an amazing range of activities and adventures in beautiful natural settings.

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Boat Ramps

  • Public Boat Ramp, The Esplanade - pontoon on site (trailer boat parking permit fee).
  • Public Boat Ramp, Robinson Road- note tidal dependant.
  • Dundas Street - note tidal dependant.
  • Whitianga Marina- pontoon on site contact Marina for fees.
  • Check Whitianga Tides for this month.

Must Do's

Fish and chips on Buffalo Beach.

Public Toilets

  • Northern Reclamation, The Esplanade.
  • Wharf Toilets, The Esplanade.
  • Soldiers memorial Park, Blacksmith Lane.
  • Main Beach Toilets, Buffalo Beach Road.
  • Hilton Park, Arthur Street (for sports events only).
  • Mercury Bay Sports Parks, Moewai Park Road.

More About Whitianga

The township bustles during summer and maintains its vibe throughout the year with a growing number of events being attracted to town. The Scallop Festival is the keystone of these attracting thousands to taste the local delicacy. Whitianga has a lovely calm bay and beach that is ideal for young families and safe for swimming for much of the year. Some visitors come to stay for a while and some remain for a lifetime.

A visit to Ferry Landing wharf, the oldest working wharf in the southern hemisphere is a short ferry ride from Whitianga Wharf, and provides easy access to Whitianga Rock, an ancient Maori pa site.

For visitors who have not returned to Whitianga in a while, the reaction is usually the same. "Whitianga has changed a lot". The town's population of 4368 residents grew by 16 per cent since the previous census in 2006 with the addition of 600 residents compared to seven years ago. The Coromandel District has a resident population of 26,178. The Mercury Bay Area School role is steadily increasing with over 900 students enrolled as new families come to settle in Mercury Bay – Te Whanganui a Hei .

The Whitianga community proudly supports hundreds of local community volunteer organisations so there is no shortage of activities for individuals and families to get involved in!

Whitianga Local Info

Whitianga business, community and event listings.
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H&M Pascoe Boat Builders Ltd Whitianga, New Zealand
Marine Services & Boat Builders

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Specialists in boat & vessel maintenance
H&M Pascoe Boat Builders Ltd are specialists in boat repair and vessel maintenance servicing in Whitianga and the wider Mercury Bay area. We are a highly professional team that...
New home by HAMR Home
Builders

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National Award Winners
 HAMR Home - Award winning, Master Builders based in Whitianga who deliver the highest standards of professionalism and craftsmanship.
Harbour House Cafe Whitianga
Cafes

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Beautiful giftware in our gift shop!
The Harbour House Cafe is a renovated villa located at the heart of Whitianga by the Whitianga Wharf. This spacious cafe has loads of room for all of...
Harbourmaster Whitianga
Council Services & Libraries
The harbourmaster is employed by Waikato Regional Council to manage navigation safety in Whitianga and the Mercury Bay Area.
Harbourside Holiday Park Whitianga
Holiday Parks & Campgrounds
Harbourside Holiday Park has quality budget accommodation options in the best central location in Whitianga! We have camping and motorhome sites, cabins, studios, flats, a seasonal swimming pool,...
Hass Projects - Landscape and Design
Landscaping, Tree Works

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Edible & Organic Vegie Garden Specialist
Hass Projects can assist in designing, developing and enhancing all aspects of your new garden landscape project or your existing garden to compliment and extend your outdoor living areas....
Heather Benson - Ray White Whitianga
Real Estate Agents
Call Heather Benson Ray White Whitianga for a friendly and informed no nonsense approach to buying and selling property. With over 16 years of success with Ray White...
Helloworld Whitianga travel agent and holiday specialist
Travel

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Earn & Burn Fly Buys Points!
Contact our friendly local team of trusted bonded travel agents who can get you the best travel deal and get rewarded by earning Fly Buys points when booking with...
Hireworx - Whitianga Hire
Hire Equipment
Hireworx in Whitianga has been operating in Whitianga for years and has a wide range of modern tools and equipment to hire for the tradesmen and home handyman, plus...
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Sport & Recreation

Event Info

Venue
Mercury Bay Multi Sport Park
Event Date
August 17, 2019
The 2019 New Zealand Rally Championship comes back to Whitianga. Come and enjoy the atmosphere with a rally cars, crews, service teams, spectators and volunteers all getting involved in...
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Arts & Culture Groups
Keen to learn some improvisation skills or build on your experience so far?  Come and join our weekly improvisation group!
Inspect Services Whitianga
Building Inspections

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New - swimming & spa pool inspections
Inspect Services is a small specialised building consultancy. Director Steve Hull is a Licenced Building Practioner with extensive practical and technical experience to assist on your building project. ...
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Painters & Decorators

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Painters and Decorators
Are you repainting your old bach or painting your new home or commercial project? At JL Connolly Whitianga we offer a wide range of painting and decorating services for...
Churches
Jehovah Witness Church, Whitianga
kids fishing competition Whitianga wharf
Sport & Recreation

Event Info

Venue
Mercury Bay Game Fishing Club
Event Date
April 27, 2019
Finish Date
April 28, 2019
Get the kids out there and enjoying some great fishing fun in Whitianga with the Mercury Bay Game Fishing Club.
Junior weekend tennis Whitianga
Sport & Recreation

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Venue
Mercury Bay Tennis Club
Event Date
March 24, 2019
Join our Junior tennis players for weekend tennis sessions at the Mercury Bay Tennis Club in Whitianga. Come and try out our new tennis ball machine!
Justice of the Peace
Justice of the Peace (JPs)
Contacts and locations for Justice of Peace in Whitianga.
Hobby & Craft Groups
Kaimarama Garden Circle for garden enthusiasts.
kauri2000 trust in the Mercury Bay near Whitianga
Environmental Groups
Kauri 2000 Trust is a long term project that supports and advocates to recreate significant stands of kauri on publicly-owned land on the Coromandel Peninsula.
Kauri Learners Early Education Whitianga
Education / Training

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Love, Learning & Laughter
Our professional and caring staff look forward to sharing your child's learning journey. Our purpose built early childhood education centre caters for children from 3 months to 6 years...
Keen Kiwi Blokes Property Maintenance Whitianga
Property Maintenance

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House washing specialist
Keen Kiwi Blokes Coromandels one stop property maintenance company, from high end property washes, garden clean ups, pre-property sales, painting, cabinetry repairs/replacements. A quality finish you can trust MORE........
Kinetic Electrical Coromandel Peninsula
Electricians

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No electrical job to big or small!
If you need electrical work done contact Kinetic Electrical Coromandel! Our experienced local electricians offer domestic, commercial, industrial and marine electrical services. 
Kip McGrath Whitianga
Education / Training

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Book for a free assessment now
Kip McGrath Whitianga provides private primary and secondary tuition and school homework support programmes for students in Years 2 - 13 that require remedial or extension English, Mathematics, and...
Landsar-Kuaotunu
Emergency Services
LANDSAR Kuaotunu Search & Rescue was established in 2004 and is a volunteer search and rescue group that is affilitated to New Zealand Search and Rescue Inc. ...
Kupe's Car Wash
Automotive & Mechanics

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Car, campervan, boat & dog wash!
Visit Kupe's Car Wash Whitianga for a quick, easy and gentle way to clean your car, campervan, boat or dog. Our eco friendly no scratch car wash has autowash...
Successful catch at the Troy Wheeler Contracting Ladies Fishing Tournament in Whitianga
Sport & Recreation

Event Info

Venue
Mercury Bay Game Fishing Club
Event Date
January 25, 2020
Get your teams and rods together for the Ladies Fishing Tournament in Whitianga!
Landmark Homes Coromandel & Hauraki
Builders

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Builders of luxury homes
Our Landmark team in Whitianga can guide you through the building process with ease using their design experience and best builders to match your vision for your new home....
Laser Plumbing Whitianga
Plumbers, Gas & Drainage

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Your Plumbing Specialist!
Laser Plumbing Whitianga offers a wide range of plumbing services whether you are a large residential builder or an individual home owner. 
Lawn Mowing and Maintenance Services
Property Maintenance

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This business is for sale
Whitianga Lawn Mowing and Maintenance have over ten years experience in providing clients with lawn mowing and selected garden care services to keep properties in tip top condition....
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Sport & Recreation
Calling all Lego Fans to join the Lego Club at Mercury Bay Library in Whitianga on Tuesday afternoons - all ages are welcome.  
Steffen Lindner counselling and private therapy sessions
Life Coaching & Counselling
Do you need assistance to work through life's challenges that are too big to manage by yourself? For trusted, qualified, private counselling and psychotherapy services to assist you...
Community & Social Clubs
The Lioness Club of Mercury Bay have many various fundraising activities during the year in Whitianga. The funds raised support and benefit the local community. A...
Logic AV Limited
Audio Visual Services

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Audio and Visual Installation
We offer design and installation of Surround Sound, Multi room Audio and TV/Projectors in residential and commercial environments. For your full range of audio installation services contact us....
Longshore Marine in Whitianga
Fishing Outdoors & Sport

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See our website for online shopping
Longshore Marine is the one stop shop for your fishing, bait and ice, boating, chandlery, kayak an paddle board hire, and outdoor water recreation needs. We have extensive product...
Marina Park - Luxury Waterfront Apartments Whitianga
Apartments and Resorts

Secure Online Bookings

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Luxury Waterfront Apartments
Marina Park Apartments Whitianga offers quality modern apartments that are located next to the Whitianga Marina, and just a two minute walk from Whitianga main street shopping, restaurants, bars...
Inside stone fireplace by Mark Urlich Landscaping & Siteworks
Landscaping, Tree Works

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Specialist in stone masonry
Mark Urlich Landscaping & Stonemasons is a multi-talented company with experience in all aspects of hard and soft landscaping for residential and commercial properties.
Master Kebab Whitianga
Take Aways & Bakery

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Fresh Baklava Now Available
Come and try our delicious Turkish food including kebabs, pita pockets, meats and salads for a meal packed full of value and flavour!
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Kitchens & Wardrobes

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Visit our showroom or we can come to you
Mastercraft Kitchens Whitianga are cabinetmakers of quality kitchens, laundry's, wardrobes, vanities and media units. 
Learn to Fly at the Mercury Bay Aero Club
Sport & Recreation
You can take flying lessons right here in Whitianga at the Mercury Bay Aero Club which is supported by very enthusiastic and experienced club members and instructors. ...
Mercury Bay Area School Website
Schools
Mercury Bay Area School is a Year 1-13 rural, co-educational multi-level state area school with a role of over 900 students. The guiding statement for the school is "Student...
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Arts & Culture

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Event Date
February 29, 2020
Finish Date
March 07, 2020
Plan a trip to the Eastern Coromandel over the first two weekends of March to enjoy visiting the art studios of the Mercury Bay Art Escape’s talented artists....
Mercury Bay Art Escape
Arts & Culture Groups
The Mercury Bay Art Escape Trust aims to promote and develop the growth of the visual arts in the Mercury Bay area in particular, and the wider Coromandel Peninsula...
Mercury Bay Boating Club Whitianga
Sport & Recreation
The Mercury Bay Boating Club hosts social and racing events for adults and junior sailors throughout the year. We welcome visiting sailors from around the country and encourage...
Mercury Bay Boating Club new years day race
Sport & Recreation

Event Info

Event Date
January 01, 2020
Start the new years out on the fabulous Mercury Bay as part of our Mercury Bay Boating Club new year's race!
Mercury Bay Boating Club Racing Events
Sport & Recreation

Event Info

Venue
Mercury Bay Boating Club
Event Date
March 20, 2019
Finish Date
April 19, 2019
Check out the racing calendar for the Mercury Bay Boating Club to join in the competition or view as a spectator. 
Mercury Bay Book Club
Parades & Community Events

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Venue
Cafe Nina - Refresh Point
Event Date
April 08, 2019
Come and join us at the Mercury Bay Library Book Club to share your love of books!
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Sport & Recreation
The Mercury Bay Bowling Club has two full size 38.1 metre square bowls rinks, one star weed lawn green and one astro grass for all year round use. Visitors...
Mercury Bay Branch Forest and Bird
Environmental Groups
Forest and Bird protect and care for native species and their habitats.
Mercury Bay Builders Whitianga
Builders

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Labour Only or Full Contract
Mercury Bay Builders experienced team can assist you with your next building project and work with their clients to offer flexible options for the management of the build from...
Mercury Bay Cancer Support Group for locals in Whitianga and the wider Mercury Bay
Welfare Organisations
The Mercury Bay Cancer Support Group provides a support network for individuals and families that are affected by cancer in the Whitianga and wider Mercury Bay area. ...
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