Whitianga Things to Do

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    Whitianga Harbour

    by al2401 Written Aug 28, 2012

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    Whitianga has a small harbour and marina compared to some but it is well sheltered.

    It is a busy harbour with a fishing fleet and many charter boats for deep sea fishing and Mercury Bay cruises.

    There is a walk from the marina area to the public wharf through a park with a playground and picnic tables.

    Further inland the harbour becomes an inlet refered to by Captain Cook as the 'River of Mangroves'. There is a walk along the shore of this peaceful waterway.

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    Cathedral Cove

    by al2401 Updated Aug 28, 2012

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    Te Whanganui-A-Hei is the Mâori name for Cathedral Cove. The area is a Marine Reserve and a popular destination for visitors.

    The cove is named after the cave which links Catherdral Cove to neighbouring Mare's Leg Cove. It can be reached both by land or sea.

    There is a track from the north end of Hahei Beach and you can also take the path from the carpark on the neadland near Hahei. It is said to be a good track but what goes down has to come up again!

    The best way to see Cathedral cove and experience the marine park is by boat.

    Cathedral Cove cave became famous when featured in the movie The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian

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    The Blow Hole

    by al2401 Updated Aug 28, 2012

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    If you are boating in Te Whanganui-A-Hei Marine Park make sure you find the Blow Hole. On a calm day you can actually go inside (depending on the size of your boat). Our tour boat normally does but the sea was too rough on that day.

    Judging by the vegetation it looks as if the Blow Hole is a bit retired. The boat man said it does blow given the right conditions.

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    Explore Mercury Bay

    by al2401 Updated Aug 28, 2012

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    There are a number of cruises on Mercury Bay. I chose to take the Glass Bottom Boat. Unfortunatley the weather, although fine, was very windy making it too rough to see anything through the glass bottom. Also no-one was keen on snorkelling in Cathedral Cove. The boat would normally draw up to the beach but again it was too rough.

    The rest of the trip was fantastic. Leaving the harbour we followed the coast crossing Maramaratotara Bay and past the Shakespeare Cliffs; across Cook Bay and around the headland to The Blow Hole, Cathedral Cove and Gem Bay. Then we explored some of the islands looking for seals before returning home. Most of the trip was in the Cathedral Cove Marine Reserve.

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    Cathedral Cove

    by david1982 Written Jan 27, 2007

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    An amazing little cove which shows another side of New Zealand's varied landscape.

    Clear turqouise waters, huge rocks to jump off, great photo opportunities!!

    You get there after a bit of a walk....but its worth it

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    Hot Water Beach

    by david1982 Written Jan 27, 2007

    The main attraction in Whitianga, the Hot Water Beach.

    Basically at certain points in the sea, the water is BOILING hot due to geothermal activity underneath.

    You bury your feet down in the sand and all of a sudden your feet are burning!!!

    This is heavily visited by tourists (even in Winter) so don't expect to be the only ones here.

    A must do if you come to Whitianga!

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    Rock formations.

    by kiwi Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Just across the harbour from the wharf there are some interesting rock formations.
    Catch the ferry across and go take a look. Makes nice viewing from the town beach as well.

    Rock formations.
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    Go walking.

    by kiwi Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Whitianga town is right on the beach, so be sure to walk around and take in the beaches, Norfolk Pines and Date palms.
    Relax, wind down, and enjoy a special part of paradise.

    Palms and Pines at Whitianga.
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