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Whitianga

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Landmarks · Wineries & Vineyards · Dolphin & Whale Watching
Whitianga is a town on the Coromandel Peninsula, in the Waikato Region of New Zealand's North Island. The town is located on Mercury Bay, on the northeastern coast of the peninsula. The town has a permanent population of as of making it the second-largest town on the Coromandel Peninsula behind Thames.GeographyWhitianga is located on the eastern side of the Coromandel Peninsula, 208 km from Auckland, 93 km from Thames, 42 km from Tairua. It is situated on the coast of Mercury Bay along the 5 km long east-facing Buffalo Beach. The town centre is at the southern end of the beach.Buffalo Beach is named after the HMS Buffalo, which was wrecked during a storm while anchored in Mercury Bay. Her anchor can be seen at a monument at Buffalo Beach.A passenger ferry crosses from Whitianga to Ferry Landing, close to Cooks Beach. The alternative to the two-minute ferry crossing is a 45-minute drive around Whitianga Harbour.HistoryMāori historyWhitianga has been continuously occupied for more than a thousand years since Māori explorer Kupe’s tribe settled here after his visit in about 950 AD. Following this visit, many of Kupe's tribe settled here. Te Whitianga o Kupe is the original place name of the town, meaning Kupe's crossing place.
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Boat Tour
Boat Tours & Water Sports
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Duration: 2h 30 min
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Landmark
The Lost Spring
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Duration: 4 hours
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Dolphin / Whale Watching
Cave Cruzer
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Duration: 2 hours
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Winery / Vineyard
Mercury Bay Estate
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Duration: 1h 30 min

Side trips from Whitianga

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Hot Spring
Hot Water Beach Hot Water Beach
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Duration: 2 hours
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Hiking Trail
Cathedral Cove Walk Hahei
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Duration: 2 hours
Hiking Trail
Karangahake Gorge Historic Walkway Waihi
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Duration: 4 hours
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Garden
RAPAURA Watergardens Thames
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Duration: 2 hours

Hidden gems in Whitianga

Wildlife Area
Mill Creek Bird & Animal Encounters
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Duration: 2 hours
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Scuba / Snorkeling
Dive Zone Whitianga
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Duration: 4 hours
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Fishing Charter / Tour
Fishing Charters & Tours
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Duration: 4 hours
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Beach
Cooks Beach Cooks Beach
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Duration: 2 hours

Wildlife in Whitianga

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Nature / Wildlife Tour
Banana Boat Whitianga
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Duration: 30 minutes
Wildlife Area
Stu's Wild Pig Farm
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Duration: 30 minutes

Kid-friendly things to do in Whitianga

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Farm
Whiti Farm Park
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Duration: 2 hours

Wineries in Whitianga

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Winery / Vineyard
Purangi Estate Limited Cooks Beach
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Duration: 1h 30 min
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Farm
Whiti Farm Park
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Duration: 2 hours
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Beach
Whangamata Beach Whangamata
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Duration: 2 hours
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Landmark
The 309 Road Coromandel
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Duration: 2 hours
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Specialty Museum
Mercury Bay Museum Whitianga
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Duration: 1h 30 min

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