Mercury Bay, Whitianga and Buffalo Beach, and the surrounding area
Whitianga is located on the east coast of the Coromandel Peninsula - 208km from Auckland, 93km from Thames and 42km from Tairua. It is situated on the coast of Mercury Bay, the body of water stretching from Mercury Island in the north to approximately Tairua.
Besides the resort town of Whitianga there are the smaller beach communities of Hot Water Beach, Hahei, Cooks Beach, Flaxmill Bay, Ferry Landing, Coroglen, Whenuakite, Kuaotunu, Rings Beach, Matarangi and Whangapoua to visit and explore.
The not to be missed Cathedral Cove is within this region and at Hot Water Beach you can dig your own spa pool in the sand!
The surrounding region covers from Matarangi, north of Whitianga, to Hot Water Beach in the south. As a visitor to Whitianga you will find a series of wonderful long white sandy beaches and pohutukawa tree fringed cliffs, small coves, estuaries and valleys with streams running back into the rugged hills. It is nature at its best and there are all types of Whitianga activities going on!
With such a diverse and beautiful coastline there is plenty to do on the water: swimming, surfing, glass bottom boat, diving, snorkelling, sea kayaking and charter boats for Mercury Bay fishing, game fishing, sightseeing or adventure trips. Tuition is available in diving and surfing.
There are many trailer boat launching ramps available throughout the region for good keen boat fisherman.