Whitianga

Travel Guide
Cathedral Cove Beach which includes a sunset, a beach and general coastal views

It’s all about the water at this laid-back coastal town on Mercury Bay where you can explore beautiful beaches, including one that’s naturally heated, and fascinating coves.

Perched on the edge of the idyllic Mercury Bay, this historic coastal settlement was an early point of arrival for Māori explorers. Permanently settled by the Māori’s for more than 1,000 years, Whitianga is an important cultural site surrounded by natural beauty. With over 4,000 permanent residents Whitianga offers a bustling town centre with a laid-back atmosphere. Use Whitianga as a base to explore Mercury Bay and spend time checking out the town centre.

Bring your swimsuit to make the most of Mercury Bay’s many beaches. Whitianga is located on Buffalo Beach. Look for the dolphins that regularly play just out from shore. Have your camera ready as the sun begins to set to see the dolphins at their most active.

Travel farther afield, by car and ferry, to reach the pristine waters of Cooks Beach, a landing point for British explorer James Cook, or the thermally heated waters of Hot Water Beach, one of the country’s most popular attractions. A number of islands are dotted around the Mercury Bay area and can be explored by charter boat or ferry.

Visit Whitianga in September to experience the culinary delights of the Scallop Festival. Learn new ways of cooking seafood, sample freshly caught produce and enjoy a glass of wine as you savour a plate of scallops. With more than 60 stalls, the festival is a highlight of Whitianga’s calendar.

Whitianga is located in the northeast of New Zealand’s North Island. Reach the town by car, bus or train in a pleasant 2-to-3 hour journey from Auckland. Once in Whitianga you’ll find a wealth of accommodation, ranging from affordable hotels and motels in the town centre to resort-style apartments with beach views. Over the Christmas and summer holiday period the town becomes extremely popular and bookings are recommended for all accommodation.

Beachside Resort Whitianga
Beachside Resort Whitianga
4 out of 5
20 Eyre Street, Whitianga
The price is NZ$107 per night from 7 Nov. to 7 Nov.
This family-friendly Whitianga motel is located near the airport, just steps away from Mercury Bay and Buffalo Beach. Hot Water Beach and Hahei Beach are also ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (647 reviews)
"Nice and roomy, comfortable and cleaning. Relaxing place to stay."

Reviewed on 13 Oct. 2021

Beachside Resort Whitianga
Oceans Resort Whitianga
Oceans Resort Whitianga
4.5 out of 5
18 Eyre Stree, Whitianga
The price is NZ$213 per night from 20 Oct. to 20 Oct.
Situated near the bay, this luxury apartment building is steps away from Mercury Bay and Buffalo Beach. Mercury Bay Museum and Lost Spring Thermal Pools are ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (173 reviews)
"Great spot friendly owners couldn’t fault the place"

Reviewed on 30 Jul. 2021

Oceans Resort Whitianga
Peninsula Motel
Peninsula Motel
3.5 out of 5
93-97 Albert Street, Whitianga
The price is NZ$145 per night from 20 Oct. to 20 Oct.
Situated in the entertainment district, this motel is within a 15-minute walk of Mercury Bay Museum, Buffalo Beach and Mercury Bay. Flaxmill Bay Camp Grounds ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (104 reviews)
"Great studio unit. Very clean and comfortable. Highly recommend."

Reviewed on 18 Jun. 2021

Peninsula Motel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Blue Marlin Apartments
Blue Marlin Apartments
3.5 out of 5
4 Buffalo Beach Road, Whitianga
The price is NZ$160 per night from 20 Oct. to 20 Oct.
Located in the heart of Whitianga, this beach apartment building is steps away from Buffalo Beach and Mercury Bay. Lost Spring Thermal Pools and Cooks Beach ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (163 reviews)
"A completely problem-free stay. Look forward to staying there next time."

Reviewed on 26 Jun. 2021

Blue Marlin Apartments
Oceans Resort Whitianga
Oceans Resort Whitianga
4.5 out of 5
18 Eyre Stree, Whitianga
The price is NZ$213 per night from 20 Oct. to 20 Oct.
Situated near the bay, this luxury apartment building is steps away from Mercury Bay and Buffalo Beach. Mercury Bay Museum and Lost Spring Thermal Pools are ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (173 reviews)
"Great spot friendly owners couldn’t fault the place"

Reviewed on 30 Jul. 2021

Oceans Resort Whitianga
Beachfront Resort
Beachfront Resort
4 out of 5
113 Buffalo Beach Road, Whitianga
The price is NZ$195 per night from 20 Oct. to 20 Oct.
Nestled on the beach, this Whitianga aparthotel is just steps away from Buffalo Beach and Mercury Bay. Hot Water Beach and New Chums Beach are also within 25 ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (90 reviews)
"Fantastic place to stay. Wonderful location, right on the beach. Well equipped and spotlessly clean. Lovely, comfy bed. Would definitely stay here again."

Reviewed on 19 Sep. 2021

Beachfront Resort
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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