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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
The accomodation was basic and furnishing basic and dated but in good working conditions. The BBQ on...more
69-71 Buffalo Beach Road, P.O. Box 123, Whitianga, 2856, New Zealand
Good for: Families
113 Buffalo Beach Road, P.O. Box 9, Whitianga, 2856, New Zealand
Good for: Solo
A nice airy open restaurant, with friendly efficient service. The food was well presented and cooked and teh serving were quite substantial. I had the 'Moules Frites' - 1 kilogram of Cromandel Green Shell mussels in a white wine, garlic cream sauce served Belgian style - delicious!My mother had the Thai Fish Cakes which was an Entreemore
The Carvery offers a range of home cooked roast meats with vegetables, sauces and gravies. Meats are - Beef, Chicken, Pork and Lamb; vegetables are - Roast Potato, Kumara (Sweet Potato), Pumpkin, Carrots and Parsnip and Peas and Cauliflower with Cheese Sauce. The set meat price lets you choose your meat, vegetables and gravy and the sauces...more
This is a great place to try real kiwi fish and chips, the burgers are tasty and filling. Try the seafood esp the scallops! You can even buy a real coffee to drink while your waiting for your food. They also have healthy alternatives like wraps and salads. The Special Burger, this is a scallop burger and is just devinemore
The ferry across Whitianga Harbour take a lot of time off the trip to Hahei. It is a regular service but passengers only so you need to organise transport to Hahei on the other side. Bicycles can be carried for an extra fee.
The ferry service has been operating for 100 years and the stone wharf on the Ferry Landing side is thought to be the first built in Australasia.
Fishing, by sea or from the wharf is a main activity in Whitianga. You can get some really nice eating fish right here from the wharf.
Equipment: Rod and bait.
Here you can see the boats coming in after a day out ocean and coastal fishing. A lot of the ocean fishers who love to catch that Marlin, tag and return the lovely fish to the sea.
It's also a good place to catch some Schnapper from the beach, and the boats often do coastal fishing around the many islands.
Fondest memory: Fresh Fish!!