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Anniversary weekend sees the another exhibition from the 10 Artists. A huge range ...
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January 29, 2021 - 10:00am to 4:00pm
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Enjoy live music every Friday evening in the restaurant at The Lost Spring. 
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January 29, 2021 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm
A night of hits from the 80's! Enjoy the best of the 80's music at the Coroglen Ta...
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January 30, 2021 - 7:00pm
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Returning to the Hot Water Beach Top 10 Holiday Park,  Band 'Beach Culcha' are per...
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January 30, 2021 - 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Get your teams and rods together for the Ladies Fishing Tournament in Whitianga! N...
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January 30, 2021
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Smitty's Sports Bar and Grill will host a range of live music performances this su...
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January 30, 2021
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Summer Thieves with support from DJ Todd Doyle are performing this long weekend at...
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January 30, 2021 - 8:00pm
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Enjoy the fabulous view, food, drinks and music this summer at Grace O'Malley's Ir...
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January 31, 2021 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

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.

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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

One of the best ways to get to the restaurants and bars in Whitianga is by taxi. Take away the worry of driving and enjoy your time out with this economical way of getting around Whitianga. If you want to have a good look around the Mercury Bay, taking a shuttle is a great option. After a short ferry ride from Whitianga you can get picked up by shuttle at Ferry Landing. From here you can be whisked away to some of the most beautiful areas of the Coromandel such as Cooks Beach, Hahei, Hot Water Beach and Cathedral Cove. Getting around Whitianga and the Mercury Bay is easy with our friendly taxis, shuttles, and the ferry service from Whitianga to Ferry Landing.

See the Getting Around Whitianga 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

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