Whangamata Travel Guide

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Whangamata Things to Do

  • Whangamata Beach Hop

    Every year around March, Whangamata is the location where a lot of hotrods gather to celebrate and show off their amazing cars. This spectacle is well worth seeing, if you are around when it's on. Unfortunately accommodation in Whangamata and surrounds will be hard to get due to high demands.The event lasts 5 days, and there are many functions...

  • Call on the Whangamata i-SITE Visitor...

    The Information office at Whangamata is well worth a visit. One really good reason to visit, they have on the wall. It is a map of Coromandel Peninsula with most of the beaches and bush walks marked, times to drive to them, and walking times, along with photos of interest. You can see if anything takes your eye and then decide if it's within your...

  • Wentworth Valley Bushwalk.

    Great afternoon bushwalk (or morning if that suits!). Short and easy, around 90 mins round trip, not too strenuous. Nice walking shoes required, a few river crossings. Jandels or flip-flops not recommended, but you need Teva's or footwear that is firmly attached to your feet. Take your camera to capture the nice bush and river, and the...

  • Walk along the Beach.

    It's Free, It's healthy, It's fun, It's a MUST.Walk along the beach , get some sea air in your lungs and just meditate as you stroll along and realise you are on the edge of the mighty Pacific and over those seas are USA and South America.Kick some sand, collect some tumbleweeds and pick up some shells.I just love it.Oh and don't forget to get your...

  • Even in Winter.

    Even if you visit during the winter months, the beach can be a nice place. Cold, yes, but still fresh and nice.This photo shows a winter's day, with one or two brave souls walking on the lovely sand. But it's nice not to have huge crowds and you do feel rather alone and nice.

  • Go to the movies!!

    Going to the movies in Whangamata is a real whip back in time experience. And really it's one that can't be missed!You can read my extended story about the Whangamata movie experience here.


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  • Vibes Cafe

    Pleasant surroundings, especially nice in the summer when you can sit outside or if inside they open the big windows and you feel you are outside. It's particularly nice to sit and watch people pass by, and take in the sunshine. I really liked the Spinach and Feta Frittata. Oh and the espresso is very very nice too. French Toast on the All Day...

  • On the mainstreet.

    I love the surfie decor, as well as the retro, almost artdeco theme. This quirky cafe is not only a place to eat but an experience.You can sit inside or out, on the pavement tables. Located downtown amongs the shops this is a convenient and enjoyable place for refreshments.Of course, being New Zealand, it's very important to find excellent expresso...

  • Outdoor beach dining

    Blackie cafe at Whangamata is packed as it's the only food spot on the beach. Fast food and gourmet food available. The toasted sandwiches and hash browns were great at $20 for two portions incl coffee.It's totally outside and plenty of seating under umbrellas


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  • Great bakery food!

    This place makes lovely everyday bakery items, just what you need when away from home and hungry. It is something of an institution here at Whangamata. Has relocated, used to be down closer to the wharf, but is in the centre of town now, and closer to where i stay! Not at all good for the waistline, but I like the cream donuts and apricot...

  • Handy for something you need.

    This store has almost everything you may find you need when away from home. A lot is relatively cheaply priced, that you may just want to 'make-do' and not wanting to buy the best of something. It's a great place for kids too, to spend their pocket money and be happy with what they buy. Perhaps a kite or bubble maker, or toys. A great place to pick...

  • Icecreams to your house.

    During the summer months, when the population of Whangamata is swollen, these vans drive around the houses, selling icecream sundaes. Very nice treat and kids especially love it. They are drawn out of houses and off the beach looking like the Pied Piper of Hamlin, but the music that the van plays. Flake Sundae!! Less than $NZD2, or thereabouts....


Whangamata Off The Beaten Path

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    Fishing Port.

    by kiwi Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Whangamata is a picturesque fishing port as well as a surf beach.
    You can go deep sea fishing or coastal fishing with companies operating out of here.
    Weather dependant of course.

    Fishing boats do have a certain beauty.
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Whangamata Favorites

  • Drive to the lookout point.

    If you can, drive out to the lookout on Te Karaka Point, to the north of Whangamata.Head North out of Whangamata on Hwy 25 and turn right at the signpost to Onemana. Drive up to the crest of the rise, and directly there on the right is the entrance to the forestry area and the peninsular.Sometimes this forestry gate is locked, but if open you can...

  • Secluded Beaches.

    That's me visiting my friends' private beach. That is, no one can get access from land, but it is allowable to land here from the sea.The trees here are Pohutukawas, which are known as our Christmas Tree. They flower at Christmas and are a beautiful bright red colour. The specimens here at this beach are very old over 100 years.

  • Stand and look over the horizon...

    Remember when you stand on the beach and look out to the distance, that the next stop is right across the Pacific to Chile!! There are a few Pacific Islands but further north than here. So, as the crow flies, there is no land until Chile. For some reason I always think of that when I look out.


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