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Whitianga & Mercury Bay

Located on the east coast of the Coromandel, Mercury Bay's main town of Whitianga has attracted visitors for more than a thousand years, since Maori explorer Kupe first settled here around 950A.D. But iit was Captain James Cook who gave the area its name, when he anchored in the bay in 1769 to observe the transit of Mercury. Now an established tourist resort, the Bay's spectacular coastline is dotted with islands and its relatively sheltered waters are perfect for all water sports.

There are a large range of activities to enjoy. Buffalo Beach - named after the H.M.S. Buffalo wrecked here in 1840, this beach offers safe swimming, plus good fishing and shellfish collecting. Whitianga Wharf - the centre for boating and fishing activity, where you can take the passenger Ferry to Ferry Landing and Flaxmill Bay or the shuttle to Cooks beach, Hahei, Hot Water Beach and Cathedral Cove. Mercury Bay Museum - located in the old Dairy Factory, the museum offers fascinating relics from the areas past. For more information visit


The Lost Spring
Thermal Pools
Day Spa | Dining

121A Cook Drive Whitianga
iPh: (07) 866 04565

Imagine you’ve gone for a walk in the Coromandel bush. The sun is glinting off wet leaves. Native birds abound in lush foliage. Waterfalls descend a volcanic outcrop into effervescent pools. You put your toe in the water... and it’s warm. You strip off and dive into delicious soft warm water, the tiny champagne bubbles caressing your skin.

Cathedral Cove Dive & SnorkelCathedral Cove Dive & Snorkel
Shop 2, Grange Court, Hahei, Ph: (07) 866 3955 or Ph: A/H: (07) 866 3955
Fax: (07) 866 3053, Mob: (027) 271 3187

SCUBA DIVING- SALES - GEAR HIRE Scuba Diving & Snorkelling Trips - both within and outside the Marine Reserve boundaries; quality tuition.

88 Hahei Beach Rd, Hahei - 1st one on the left as you enter Hahei
Ph/Fax: (07) 866 3877, Web:

"Beaches, Islands, Caves, Coves & Cappuccinos": 1/2 day eco tours run from Hahei beach, he, No experience necessary. Your safety is our priority. Phone bookigs essential. "Simply the best tour I have ever done!" (Kristen, Hawaii)

Cave Cruzer AdventuresCave Cruzer Adventures
14 Monk Street, Whitianga
0800 4 CRUZE, Web

possibly Dolphins up close from this safe & comfortable NZ rescue inflatable. Recommended in the Lonely Planet, 100% Pure Kiwi Magic!

Dive HQ Dive HQ
7 Blacksmith Lane, Whitianga, find us by the Marina, Ph: 07 867 1580

ice - Gear Rental Dive HQ Whitianga is an audited & approved delivery site of Academy of Diving Trust which is registered as a Private Training Establishment by NZQA pursuant of the Education

Escapade - Fishing Trips & Charter
Mob. 0274 Island (475263), Phone 07 867 1488 Fax 07 867 1489


Sangam Indian Cuisine
13/1 Blacksmith Lane
Ph (07) 867 1983
Fax (07) 867 1985


Glass Bottom Boat - Mercury Bay Glass Bottom Boat
Ph: 07 867 1962 or Skippers, mobile: 021 478 290 or any Information Centre

Scenic Boat Ttrips year round departing at 10.30am & 1.30pm from Whitianga wharf.

High Zone AdventureHigh Zone Adventure
49, Kaimarama Rd, RD1 Whitianga Ph/Fax: 07 866 2113, Mobile: 021 260 7033 Web:

larating giant swing. Suitable for all ages, families, groups and team building. Participation is enjoyment guaranteed. Priced from $10-$60.

Matarangi Golf CourseThe Dunes Golf Resort
Matarangi Drive, Matarangi, RD2 Whitianga,
Phone: 0800 THE DUNES
(0800 843 386)
+64 (07) 866 5394
Fax: +64 (07) 866 2852

COASTAL VIEWS A PAR FOR THE COURSE The Dunes Golf Resort is set in glorious surroundings, with sea and harbour views from most holes and the Coromandel ranges forming a spectacular backdrop. For further enquiries call the golf shop on 07 866 5394.

High Zone AdventureCombat Zone
Adventure for the WHOLE FAMILY!!!
108 Kaimarama Road, Whitianga, New Zealand PH 0275 COMBAT
(266 228) or 07 866 0038 available 7 days, bookings recommended. Web:

Combat Paintball, Paintball Target Shooting, Argo Rides, Archery, Kids Quadz and more...Great for birthday parties, stag dos, team building, work functions etc. Discounts available for school groups, youth groups and kids sports teams. Swimming hole/picnic and bbq area available

Whitianga Adventures
FREEPHONE 0800 806060

Come on board & explore the beautiful Mercury Bay and some of its islands. Coromandel, Cave, Crabs, Penguins, Coastal Seabirds, Volcanic Blowholes, dolphin spottings & much more...




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