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- Entire rental unit
*** NEW LISTING *** Our separate self-contained studio in the heart of Whangamata is a sunny, elevated apartment. The open plan is spacious and has been newly fitted out with a queen sized bed, comfortable lounge suite with chaise, kitchenette and bathroom. Everything you need for a relaxing holiday at Whangamata! Located in the prestigious Golden Triangle due to its proximity to the shops, beach and harbour. * 200m to Surf Beach * 300m to Harbour & Wharf * 350m to Shops & Cafes
- Entire rental unit
Beautiful pristine surf beaches and parks. You will enjoy our place with its great location, the people, close to cafes/restaurants, shops and of course the beautiful beach which is just a 3 min drive or a 15 min walk. Also close by are 2 golf courses, mountain bike tracks, fishing charters and you could even learn to surf. Ideal for couples, solo adventurers, and business travelers. Whangamata was voted NZś best beach by the 2018 NZ Herald.
- Entire home
This stunning modern house is just 150 metres from beautiful Whangamata surf beach voted no. 1 beach in NZ in Jan. 2018. Accommodation is on the upstairs level of this house. Two bedrooms, bathroom , lounge , dining room & kitchen. Plus large double garage. Check photos. The bottom level is not occupied. For larger families or friends we do rent the whole house as an option & price is by negotiation. The ground level has 2 bedrooms sleeping 4 , its own bathroom, lounge and kitchenette.
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Your guide to Whangamatā
All About Whangamatā
Located in the Coromandel region of New Zealand, north of the Bay of Plenty, Whangamatā is a relaxed village amidst an aquatic playground. The small surf town is surrounded by a saltwater estuary, feeding the Otahu river into the South Pacific with two openings at either end of the beach. Whangamatā beach is a 3.5-mile stretch of soft, golden sand with emerald water, popular among surfers and beach dwellers alike. Markers along the sandy shore indicate which dune areas are home to protected dotterel birds. The Whangamatā surf breaks are unbeatable, yet the waters are still safe for swimmers.
Fishing is also a popular pursuit in Whangamatā, and you’ll often see anglers lined up along the seafront or heading out in boats to try their luck with snapper, kahawai, and tarakihi. Local restaurants also celebrate the marine offerings, with fresh seafood regularly gracing the menus. As you head inland, the coastline quickly gives way to rolling hills, dense forest, and bush — all of which are lined with cycle routes and hiking trails.
The Bay of Plenty region is known for its cultural scene, and Whangamatā is no exception. There are galleries showcasing local creations, from sculpture to photography. Meanwhile, weekend beachside markets are an opportunity to sample the local culinary offerings and pick up handmade gifts.
How do I get around Whangamatā?
Auckland Airport (AKL) is the nearest major airport and has international and long-haul flights. There are daily shuttle buses operating between Whangamatā and Auckland Airport, which is around two hours away. As public transport is limited, the most convenient way to explore the area is by car. However, there are some bus services connecting nearby towns. Once within Whangamatā, the small town is easy to navigate on foot. There are also bike rental spots for those wishing to explore a little further afield.
When is the best time to stay in a vacation rental in Whangamatā?
Whangamatā has numerous outdoor activities available year round. However, many of the local festivals and events take place in the summer months, from November to March. Summers here are pleasant and mild, with enjoyable temperatures never reaching sweltering highs. The Whangamatā Summer Festival is at the end of December, with markets, live music, and family activities. New Year’s Eve is a big deal in Whangamatā, with thousands visiting the town to celebrate, which is good to keep in mind if you’re planning to book your Whangamatā accommodation during this time.
March is the wettest month of the year, but it’s also when you can celebrate all things ‘50s and ‘60s rock and roll at the Whangamatā Beach Hop. Expect classic cars and motorbikes, incredible outfits, trade stalls, and a lot of classic rock.
Winters in Whangamatā, which are from June to August, are wet and cold yet mild, with temperatures never reaching freezing.
What are the top things to do in Whangamatā?
Whenuakura Wildlife Sanctuary
Whenuakura Wildlife Sanctuary, found on Donut Island, is less than a mile from the beach and can be accessed by kayak or boat. Book onto a guided tour to discover the local wildlife, the emerald lagoon, and incredible rocky formations. The island is incredibly sacred to the local people, so be sure to respect its sanctity and experience the island from the water only.
Luck at Last Mine
Outside of Whangamatā, the Luck at Last Mine is a walking trail that offers a glimpse of the region’s former gold mining industry. The Luck at Last Mine dates back to 1897 and has long since been abandoned, and this interesting two-hour walking route takes you along the old carriageway and past some of the mining relics.
The Whangamatā Bar is a permanent sand bar at the mouth of the estuary, which has been drawing surf tourists from around the world since the 1950s. If you’re a newbie to surfing, stick to some of the smaller breaks under guidance from a local surf school. For a more tranquil experience, hire a kayak or paddleboard and head up one of the estuaries.