• 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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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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Mercury Bay Club Inc
Community & Social Clubs
The Mercury Bay Club Inc. was opened in 1976 with the object of promoting friendship, entertainment and sporting facilities for members. As well as offering a family friendly environment for...
Welfare Organisations
Community Bus supported by volunteers in the Mercury Bay.
Mercury Bay Community Choir
Arts & Culture Groups
The Mercury Bay Community Choir is for anyone, of any age, who wants to get back to singing in choirs, learn new skills, or just harmonise with new friends....
Welfare Organisations
Mercury Bay Community Patrol
Medical Services
The team at the Mercury Bay Community Radiology & Health Trust facility can x-ray your arms, legs, back and provide ultrasounds for the doctors right here in Whitianga. ...
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Sport & Recreation
Mercury Bay Game Fishing Club is the place for locals and visitors who enjoy the thrill and passion of catching (and trying to catch!) the big one in the spectacular...
Mercury Bay Garden Centre
Landscaping, Tree Works

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Plant hire, delivery or loan trailer
Our team at Mercury Bay Garden Centre and Landscape Supplies stock an excellent range of quality plants, trees, flowers, garden giftware and bulk and bagged landscaping products at great...
Mercury Bay Gymnastics Club Whitianga
Sport & Recreation
The Mercury Bay Gymnastics Club have Junior and Senior sessions that are facilitated by our great gymnastics coaches and are packed full of fun and learning.
Welfare Organisations
Mercury Bay Health Support group
Park Fun
Holiday Parks & Campgrounds

Secure Online Bookings

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Full range of facilities
Mercury Bay Holiday Park offers a quiet family environment and a relaxed atmosphere with a choice of quality camping and accommodation options. We have a full range of...
Mercury Bay Library School Holiday Activities
Sport & Recreation

Event Info

Event Date
January 22, 2019
Finish Date
February 01, 2019
Kids are you looking for some school holiday fun? Contact the Mercury Bay Library to register for giant bubble making, wind chimes, kite building, shell painting and much...
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Council Services & Libraries
There is something for everyone at the Mercury Bay Library (located in Whitianga) from the latest novels, children's books, DVDs, kids holiday activities, Friends of the Library group and...
Mercury Bay Medical Centre
Medical Services
The professional and friendly team at the Mercury Bay Medical Centre aim to provide the best possible health care for you and your family. We will work in partnership...
Netball at Mercury Bay Multi Sport Park
Sport & Recreation
Mercury Bay Multi Sport Park is an exciting new sport and event facility. It has been created as a 'hub' for a variety of sport and recreation users within the...
Mercury Bay Museum, Whitianga
Things To Do
For everyone interested in tales of early navigation, discovery, maritime disasters, great explorers, early settlers, machinery or natural history. The Whitianga museum is housed in the original 1937 Dairy...
Whitianga Optometrist on the Coromandel Peninsula Mercury Bay Optometrist
Optometrists & Eye Care
Brett Howes, Mercury Bay Optometrists offers high quality eyecare. He has been providing optometric services for more than 20 years. Brett specialises in sports vision and contact lenses while...
Mercury Bay Pharmacy
Pharmacy & Health Shops
Visit your local health professional team at Mercury Bay Pharmacy for prescription, health and beauty needs for all of the family.
Mercury Bay Pony Club
Sport & Recreation
Welcome to the (Whitianga branch of) Mercury Bay Pony Club, based on forestry land on Wade Rd located south of the Whitianga township.
Mercury Bay Community Pool swimmers off the blocks in Whitianga
Sport & Recreation
The Mercury Bay Community Public Pool is open to the public for summer hours and during term time to enjoy a swimming. This is a fun and affordable activitiy...
Hobby & Craft Groups
Come and join the Mercury Bay Quilters based in Whitianga who are enthusiastic about this wonderful craft.
Welfare Organisations
Mercury Bay RSA
Mercury Bay Rugby Club Seniors
Sport & Recreation
The Mercury Bay Rugby and Sports Club hosts rugby, squash and a gym.
Mercury bay runners club whitianga
Sport & Recreation
If you need to get off the couch once in a while, or if you want to beat your ultra time come and join others who enjoy running! All levels...
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Markets, Galas & Fairs

Event Info

Event Date
January 08, 2020
You are invited to come along to the Mercury Bay Seaside Carnival to enjoy an exciting range of stalls, rides, games food and much more!
Sport & Recreation
Mercury Bay Speedway is located in Whitianga, Coromandel Peninsula, and we are now affiliated with CTRA (Circle Track Racing Association). We welcome visiting drivers and cars of all classes...
Sport & Recreation
Mercury Bay Squash Club in Whitianga welcomes members to this great facility.
Mercury Bay Tennis Club
Sport & Recreation
The Mercury Bay Tennis Club welcomes new and developing tennis players to join the club as part of its social, tournament and coaching activities.
Mercury Twin Cinemas Whitianga
Things To Do

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New seats & Air conditioning
Sit back and relax in air conditioned comfort to watch all the latest movies in our Whitianga big screen cinemas. You can enjoy a coffee, wine or beer selection...
Mico the Bathroom Specialist
Plumbers, Gas & Drainage
Your local supplier of bathroom, laundry and plumbing solutions. The staff at Mico can help you from the planning and designing stage of your bathroom and taps through to...
Mill Creek Bird & Animal Encounters
Things To Do

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Camp ground, cabins and unit on site!
Mill Creek Bird and Campervan Park is situated in a tranquil rural valley, our Bird & Animal Park and campground has lots to offer and we are only 10...
Nautical Homes Whitianga
Builders
Our award winning building team in Whitianga can provide you with a personalised service to get you into your dream home that ticks all the boxes. Choose from our...
Welcome to Our World Whitianga
Parades & Community Events

Event Info

Event Date
February 17, 2019
If you are new  to Whitianga or the Mercury Bay please join us at our "Welcome to Our World" informal social group.  
New World Whitianga
Food Liquor Groceries

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Service Station & Lotto On Site
New World supermarket is all about great food, fresh produce, best value and service, and a fantastic variety of products from New Zealand and around the world. ...
Newhaven Engineering Whitianga
Engineering
Newhaven Engineering Ltd offers general engineering, structural steel, stainless steel welding, aluminum welding/machining and profile cutting. We also service long line winches and repairs to any agricultural machines that...
Architectural Bifolds
Windows & Doors

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Contact us to discuss your joinery needs
NZ Windows Coromandel are the leading manufacturers and suppliers of quality windows, doors and balustrades for domestic, architectural and commercial projects in Whitianga and the wider Coromandel Peninsula region....
Oceans Resort Whitianga
Apartments and Resorts

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Luxury apartments for up to 6 people
Oceans Resort Whitianga offers contemporary luxury apartment accommodation in the heart of Whitianga. With large self catering apartments, an outdoor heated pool, tennis court and childrens playground all on...
Sea views from Oceanside Motel Whitianga
Motel & Lodge Accommodation

Secure Online Bookings

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Ask about our Lost Spring Combo
We have an unbeatable beachfront location where every unit has a superb sea view over Buffalo Beach and the greater Mercury Bay. The Oceanside offers a range of affordable...
Ohlson Whitelaw Constrtuction - DESIGN & BUILD + PROJECT MANAGEMENT + NEW HOMES + ALTERATIONS + EXTENSIONS
Builders
Ohlson and Whitelaw is a prestige building company in Whitianga that builds and renovates quality homes throughout the Coromandel Peninsula at fair prices. We’re craftsmen who take pride in...
Pacific Coast Marine & Diesel
Marine Services & Boat Builders
Pacific Coast Marine & Diesel is situated in the centre of Whitianga on the Coromandel Peninsula just minutes from the Whitianga Marina. We have a comprehensive range of marine...
PC Electrical - The Heating Company
Electricians

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Caravan or boat WOF inspections
For an electrician with experience, quality and reliability contact PC Electrical for electrical and heating services for your existing or new build requirements in your home or commercial premises....
Peanuts Childcare and Education Centre Whitianga
Education / Training

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We cater for 0-6yrs
Peanuts Childcare and Education Centre provides quality childcare for children 0-6 years of age. Our qualified, passionate staff believe in celebrating the unique individuality of each tamariki...
Peninsula Business Services Ltd - Chartered Accountants
Business, Financial & Legal

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Free consultation for your first visit
Our team is highly motivated. We invest in modern systems to help provide a personalised, professional business accounting and tax service that caters to all your needs. ...
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Concrete Services
Peninsula Concrete Laying offers its customers a complete concreting service from start to finish, we can box up the area, compact, supply and place & finish concrete. We...
Peninsula Fence and Gate Coromandel Peninsula
Landscaping, Tree Works

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Fencing, gates, balustrades & shade sail
We can supply and install powder coated aluminum tubular fencing and automatic gate systems, ballustrades and shade sails for your home or business. Call...
Peninsula Glass - Worthy Windows
Windows & Doors
Worthy Windows and Peninsula Glass and screens can help you with all your glazing work, security and insect screens, shower doors and mirrors. Please call us for a free...
Peninsula Hire Whitianga
Hire Equipment
Make Peninsula Hire your first point of contact for all Hire Equipment in Whitianga. We pride ourselves in customer satisfaction based on supplying the best equipment for the job....
Peninsula Motel Whitianga
Motel & Lodge Accommodation

Secure Online Bookings

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Quiet and Central
Peninsula Motel is located on Whitianga's main street and offers quiet, clean, comfortable and affordable accommodation only two minutes walk to local shops, cafés, restaurants and activities. ...
Peninsula Rent A Car and Car, Van, Truck Hire Whitianga
Getting Around
Contact our friendly team in Whitianga who operate a fleet of rental and hire vehicles ranging from small passengers cars and station wagons through to minibuses, furniture removal trucks...
Peninsula Roofing & Scaffolding
Building Supplies & Services
At Peninsula Roofing and Scaffolding we pride ourselves on accurate information, knowledgeable and helpful staff, prompt service, environmentally suitable products and delivering what we promise.
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Shower Installers

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We also provide plumbing services!
Peninsula Showers are expert shower installers that service Whitianga and the wider Coromandel Peninsula.
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