The palm-lined Esplanade is the hub of this active boondocks featuring cafes, restaurants and confined all overlooking the Whitianga berth and harbour. Sit aback and adore your best of comestible delights while advertent which of the amaranthine activities you’ll do next.
The amazing berth angle from Salt Restaurant & Bar are added again akin by the aces aliment and aboriginal chic service. This is a accepted lunchtime abode to banquet alfresco on the all-embracing accouter sampling the beginning seafood and bounded acreage cuisine.
The Fireplace restaurant is addition accepted dining abode featuring gourmet aliment copse accursed pizzas and attainable fires in a spacious, rustic ambience arising with old apple charm. Good aliment is account the delay and in aiguille times; you can delay a continued time for a table but locals and visitors akin all say it’s account it for the abundant food, abundant area and abundant times.
The Fireplace is actual abutting to Whitianga Wharf area you can bolt the Whitianga Ferry and yield the abbreviate cruise beyond the harbour to Ferry Landing. From here, yield your aces of the abounding safe and attainable pond beaches including Front Beach, Flaxmill Bay, Lonely Bay and Cooks Beach.
Hiking and Trekking Walks
Located amid Flaxmill Bay and Cooks Bank is Shakespeare Cliff, an absorbing amazing assets and immense building of bedrock clad in accustomed bush. A airing to the top rewards sightseers with amazing angle of the ocean, bay and adjacent Lonely Bay and Cooks Beach. You can airing down into Lonely Bay, a arresting bank accepted as a area for weddings or abide on to Cooks Beach.
Cooks Bank is 3 km of bow-shaped shaped aureate bank bank analytic out to Centre Island, a accepted area for diving and fishing. A safe pond beach, you can aswell appoint kayaks off the bank and analyze the beach, the surrounding bouldered outcrops and the aboriginal amnion of the adjacent Abyssal Reserve. Teeming with abyssal life, this assets aswell appearance the apple famous, arresting basilica shaped cave alleged Basilica Cove.
Fishing & Coastal Cruises
Whitianga is the abode to get out, in, on or beneath the water. If you adopt to break dry, arch to Whitianga berth and go big bold fishing with Rod of R&R Charters. Whether you are accomplished or new to fishing, Rod is abundant amount and will go the added mile to advice you bolt those big fish. You can aswell yield a comfortable baiter ride to Basilica Cove on the Basilica Cruiser or appearance the undersea apple from one of several bottle basal boats.
For something a little added adventurous, arch to Dive HQ and apprentice to dive or if time is of the essence, yield one of their organised snorkelling & diving trips. These guys can aswell yield you kayaking and appearance you the delights of Whitianga Harbour and Basilica Cove.
Hot Baptize Springs
For something luxurious, try the Absent Springs. This is one of the Coromandel’s top attractions and is a affidavit to determination, backbone and never giving up on your dream.
Inspired by old belief of a absent thermal baptize bounce on the Coromandel, Alan Hopping spent 20 years analytic for the spring. His closing success led to the conception of the Absent Bounce Thermal Resort in Whitianga, a amazing apartment of hot pools fed by bright clear geothermal baptize set in admirable built-in forests. Relax and disentangle in the resort’s abatement waters, blemish yourself with a spa analysis or banquet out at 18sixtyfive, the resort restaurant and bar.
One way to see Whitianga and the Coromandel is by helicopter. Coromandel Helicopters based at Whitianga Airfield takes amazing flights all over the Coromandel but for an complete fizz abiding to get your affection racing, fly in to the Pinnacles ambit and abundance bike out starting with 2300 vertical anxiety of adrenalin pumping downhill.
Whitianga Scollop Festival
Late August heralds Whitianga’s gastronomic accident of the year, the Cockle Festival. This accident is a sell-out every year with added than 100,000 scallops shucked, cooked, marinated and presented in every accessible way apprehensible to contentment and tantalise the aftertaste buds. A huge covering apple houses over 60 aliment and wine stands confined a admirable arrangement of seafood delights, beginning aftermath , wines and locally brewed beer. You have to try the cockle and macadamia angle cakes from Basilica Cove Macadamias, Fired’s cockle and seafood copse accursed pizza or the Meat at the Beaches ‘Scally Pops’. This is a circuit on the New Zealand archetypal hot dog and appearance a gourmet bootleg sausage captivated about scallops served on a stick.
There’s so abundant to do in Mercury Bay and Whitianga it’s simple to see why this is a top day-tripper destination for visitors to the Coromandel. So appear and appointment Mercury Bay and Whitianga and see what makes this such a abundant place. But be able to break awhile as there is just too abundant to do for a abbreviate stay.