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WHITIANGA HOTEL
1 Blacksmith Lane
Whitianga, New Zealand
07866 5818
07 866 5808
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Important Phone Numbers

Taxis

Go Kiwi (Auckland/Tauranga)
Ph 07 866 0336

Mercury Bay Taxis
Ph 07 866 4141 or 866 5643

Paradise Cabs
Ph 07 869 5555

Whitianga Ferry
From Whitianga Wharf to Ferry Landing: DAILY FROM 7.30am
Phone: 07 866 5472
Mobile: 021 946 033

Whitianga Airport
07 866 5128

Road Information
0900 33 222

Police Station
Campbell Street
Ph 07 866 4000

Harbourmaster
Ph 07 866 5304 or
0274 931 379


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Whitianga - what to see & do

The Mercury Bay area of the Coromandel Peninsula is an area of stunning beaches and bays. Azure blue waters roll onto clean white sands, while protective arms of bush clad hills shelter the bays and further enhance the scenic splendour of the area. 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.


Whitianga | photo by Dreamland

Whitianga is the main settlement of Mercury Bay, an attractive township with a deepwater harbour. The wharf in the centre of town is the departure point for fishing enthusiasts, charter boats and scenic cruising. If taking your own craft, Mercury Bay has several launching ramps.


Lonely Bay | photo by Tourism Coromandel

An enjoyable excursion for young and old is the ferry crossing across the river to Ferry Landing. Passengers alight at the oldest stone wharf in Australasia. A short walk up the hill from the ferry leads to Front Beach then on to Flaxmill Bay. You can hire a scooter and explore further to Cooks Beach and beyond.


Front Beach | photo by Dreamland

There are many fabulous beaches, walking tracks and great scenery to take in. Further south is situated Coromandel s first marine reserve, officially designated in early 1993. It is easily accessed from Hahei Beach and Cathedral Cove.


Cathedra Cove | photo by Dreamland

It incorporates the offshore area from Cooks Bluff and Motukorure Island to Hahei and Mahurangi Island. Marine reserves are set aside for the regeneration of the marine environment and this particular area was chosen for the quality, complexity and diversity of its habitats. ' The reserve is named Te Whanganui-A-Hei after a Maori Chief who arrived on the Te Arawa waka (canoe) at the time of the Polynesian migration to New Zealand in the 1300s. Taking of fish and shell fish in the reserve is prohibited.


Hot Water Beach | photo by Dreamland

South again is wonderful Hot Water Beach, so named because of the hot springs that surface on the sand two hours either side of low tide. You can take a spade & dig your own hot pool.

For golfers there is an 18-hole golf course 3.2km south of Whitianga, a 9-hole course at Purangi near Cooks Beach, and an 18-hole course at Matarangi, 26km north of Whitianga. A short distance north of Whitianga is Wharekaho Beach where there is a fine stand of Pohutukawa trees. One of these is a gnarled old specimen that exactly fits a description in the journal of explorer Captain Cook written in 1769.


Kuatunu beach | photo by Dreamland

A further 18km north over a scenic winding sealed road is Kuaotunu, gateway to the pristine beaches of Otama and Opito. These beaches are worth the journey but are accessed only by travelling over a steep, winding, narrow, unsealed road.


Matarangi beach | photo by Dreamland

As you travel towards Coromandel you may visit the white, sandy beaches of Matarangi and Whangapoua. The warm climate and rich soils of the Coromandel promote lush growth and this is shown in the native bush that covers much of the Peninsula.

Huge majestic trees, including Kauri that survived the intense milling of last century, have been protected and can be seen by the highways and walking tracks.

photo left:
Kauri Tree on 309 Road

photo by
Tourism Coromandel

 

The famous 309 Road connecting Whitianga to Coromandel Town is a mostly gravel road, very scenic with lots to see and do along the way. An unusual square Kauri tree is located on the Tapu - Coroglen Road. In the spring the yellow flowers of the Kowhai tree break the green of the forest while the red blossoms of the Pohutukawa tree provide a flaming brilliance at Christmas time.


Pohutukawa Tree | photo by Dreamland

For more information visit www.whitianga.co.nz

 

 

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Whitianga Information Centre
66 Albert Street, Whitianga,
Phone: (07) 866 5555

Email: info@whitianga.co.nz
www.whitianga.co.nz

Whitianga Ferry
From Whitianga Wharf to Ferry Landing: DAILY FROM 7.30am
Phone: 07 866 5472
Mobile: 021 946 033
Contact: David Pierrepont
For fares/times go to:
www.whitiangaferry.co.nz

Cathedral Cove Dive & Snorkel
Shop 2, Grange Court, Hahei,
Ph: (07) 866 3955 or
Ph: A/H: (07) 866 3955
Fax: (07) 866 3053,
Mob: (027) 271 3187
Web: www.hahei.co.nz/diving

SCUBA DIVING- SALES - GEAR HIRE Scuba Diving & Snorkelling Trips - both within and outside the Marine Reserve boundaries; quality tuition.

Cathedral Cove Sea Kayaking
88 Hahei Beach Rd, Hahei - 1st one
on the left as you enter Hahei
Ph/Fax: (07) 866 3877,
Web:
www.seakayaktours.co.nz

"Beaches, Islands, Caves, Coves & Cappuccinos": 1/2 day eco tours run from Hahei beach, he, No experience necessary. Your safety is our priority. Phone bookings essential. "Simply the best tour I have ever done!" (Kristen, Hawaii)

Cave Cruzer Adventures
14 Monk Street, Whitianga
Freephone:
0800 4 CRUZE, Web
www.cavecruzer.co.nz

View possibly Dolphins up close from this safe & comfortable NZ rescue inflatable. Recommended in the Lonely Planet, 100% Pure Kiwi Magic!

Dive HQ
7 Blacksmith Lane, Whitianga, find us by the Marina, Ph: 07 867 1580
Web:
www.divehq.co.nz

ice - Gear Rental Dive HQ Whitianga is an audited & approved delivery site of Academy of Diving Trust which is registered as a Private Training Establishment by NZQA pursuant of the Education

Glass Bottom Boat
Departs Whitianga Wharf
Ph: 07 867 1962 or S
kippers mobile: 021 478 290
or any Information Centre
www.glassbottomboatwhitianga.co.nz

Scenic Boat Trips year round departing at 10.30am & 1.30pm from Whitianga wharf.

Whitianga Adventures
FREEPHONE 0800 806060
Web: www.whitianga-adventures.co.nz

Come on board & explore the beautiful Mercury Bay and some of its islands. Coromandel, Cave, Crabs, Penguins, Coastal Seabirds, Volcanic Blowholes, dolphin spottings & much more...

Mercury Bay Historical Museum
11 The Esplanade - opposite the wharf - Phone: 07 866 0730
www.mercurybaymuseum.co.nz

The Lost Spring
Thermal Pools | Day Spa | Dining

121A Cook Drive Whitianga
Ph: (07) 866 04565
Web: www.thelostspring.co.nz

Imagine you’ve gone for a walk in the Coromandel bush. The sun is glinting off wet leaves. Native birds abound in lush foliage. Waterfalls descend a volcanic outcrop into effervescent pools. You put your toe in the water... and it’s warm. You strip off and dive into delicious soft warm water, the tiny champagne bubbles caressing your skin.

Arts & Craft @ Bay Carving
12 The Esplanade (opposite wharf) Whitianga, Ph: (07) 866 402
Web:
www.baycarving.com

Carve your own high quality souvenir We also sell high quality bone and shell carvings plus much more. Visitors welcome. No artistic talent required. Recommended by the Lonely Planet and Rough Guide.

High Zone Adventure
49, Kaimarama Rd, RD1 Whitianga Ph/Fax: 07 866 2113, Mobile: 021 260 7033 Web:
www.highzone.co.nz

Challenge yourself to nine exciting activities between 12-15 metre high poles. Harness up to walk the log, leap for the trapeze and other high wire thrills. For the ultimate adrenalin rush, freefall from the exhilarating giant swing. Suitable for all ages, families, groups and team building. Participation is enjoyment guaranteed. New 150m flying Fox. Priced from $10-$70

Combat Zone
Adventure for the WHOLE FAMILY!!!
108 Kaimarama Road, Whitianga, New Zealand PH 0275 COMBAT
(266 228) or 07 866 0038 available 7 days, bookings recommended. Web:
www.combatzone.co.nz

Combat Paintball, Paintball Target Shooting, Argo Rides, Archery, Kids Quadz and more...Great for birthday parties, stag dos, team building, work functions etc. Discounts available for school groups, youth groups and kids sports teams. Swimming hole/picnic and bbq area available

Mill Creek Lavender
445 Mill Creek Road R.D. 1 Whitianga,
Ph: 07 866 0088
www.millcreeklavender.co.nz

Picturesque lavender farm and gift shop. Wide range of lavender products. Relax, enjoy a cup of tea or coffee in the garden.

Twin Oaks Riding Ranch
927 State Highway 25, Whitianga, Coromandel Peninsula, NZ
Phone (07) 866 5388

Guided 2 hour treks over farmland, bush, streams. Extensive views to Great Barrier Island, Cooks Beach and surrounding bays. For more information visit our website: www.twinoaksridingranch.co.nz

Coromandel Helicopters
PO Box 477, Whitianga 3542 Phone: 027 467 2643 Freephone: 0800 864 354 Contact: Karen & Shamus
www.coromandelhelicopters.co.nz

Design your dream adventure, choose from one of our luxury scenic flights, activity adventure flights or one of our ultimate heli-sport adventures!!

SALT Bar & Restaurant
1 Blacksmith Lane, Whitianga
Phone: 07 866 5818
Fax: 07 866 5808
Host: Dave
Web: www.salt-whitianga.co.nz

Enjoy fine dining at the Salt Restaurant. Situated right on the water at the Whitianga Marina, the views are superbly complemented by the extensive cuisine cooked by our international chef.

 

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