Things to do & places to eat

In and around Whitianga

Looking for things to do in Whitianga? Have a look at the huge list below.

Whitianga is found on the east coast of the Coromandel and is a great base for exploring all of what the Coromandel Peninsula has to offer. 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 and places to eat that every age can enjoy. 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. For more information go to:

Water based activities

Glass Bottom Boat Cathedral Cove

Glass Bottom Boat

Departing daily from the Whitianga wharf, explore the breath taking volcanic coastline, including the world famous CATHEDRAL COVE.

Cave Cruzer Cathedral Cove

Cave Cruzer Adventures

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

Ocean Leopard Tours Cathedral Cove

Ocean Leopard Tours

Pristine coastlines, an abundance of marine and bird life, unspoiled native bush and complete tranquillity; with our fantastic Full Monty Tour you’ll encounter it all!

Hahei Explorer Cathedral Cove

Hahei Explorer

Cathedral CoveBoat Tour – See all the highlights in one hour, including Cathedral Cove, hidden sea caves, offshore islands and the marine reserve.

Sea Cave Adventures Cathedral Cove

Sea Cave Adventures

Visit Cathedral Cove and the islands in the Marine Reserve, then explore the spectacular volcanic coastline with its huge sea caves & blowholes… like Orua Cave, one of New Zealand’s largest.

Cathedral Cove Kayaking Coromandel Peninsula

Cathedral Cove Kayak Tours

“Beaches, Islands, Caves, Coves & Cappuccinos”: 1/2 day eco tours run from Hahei beach, no experience necessary. Your safety is our priority. Phone bookings essential.

Cathedral Cove Scenic Tours Whitianga

Cathedral Cove Scenic Tours

Tour the scenic Cathedral Cove, Hahei Beach, local islands, sea caves and blow holes. Understand the local history, geology and marine life. See Dolphins*, Orca*, seals and other marine life.

Hahei Snorkelling Coromandel Peninsula

Cathedral Cove Dive & Snorkel

Scuba Diving and Snorkeling in and around Cathedral Cove, Hahei, Coromandel Peninsula NZ… at its BEST! Snorkel Trips daily 9:00am and 1:00pm with more trip times available on demand.

Dive Zone Whitianga

Dive Zone

Dive Zone 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. Dive – Gear Rental

Epic Adventures Mercury Bay Whitianga

Epic Adventures

Epic is about exposing the best skippers from the best fishing locations in New Zealand, to the world. We’re about a sense of pride and professionalism and an unmistakable passion for fishing adventures.

Catch Charters Mercury Bay Whitianga

Catch Charters

Experience a great day’s fishing around the Mercury Islands on the vessel Da Rottie. We offer trips to the Mercury Islands, Cuvier Island, Alderman Islands, Cathedral Cove and all areas in between.

Glass Bottom Boat Cathedral Cove

Fishing NZ Adventures – Whitianga

Zodie 1 is a sturdy tri-hull design, which will get you to the fishing comfortably, with plenty of room to fish up to 12 people.

Land based activities

The Lost Spring Resort style hot pools Whitianga

The Lost Spring

The Lost Spring is a unique thermal hot water and spa experience not to be missed. With its sculpted pools, soothing waterfalls, and smoking volcano, the Lost Spring offers it all.

Mercury Bay Museum Whitianga Accommodation near by

Mercury Bay Museum

An intriguing range of exhibits including the Polynesian navigator Kupe, Endeavour and James Cook , Shipwrecks in the Bay, Natural history display and History of fishing, Kauri timber and kauri gum.

Twin Cinema Whitianga town centre near accommodation

Mercury Twin Cinemas

Offering two auditoriums, seating 73 and 89 respectively, both with giant screens. We have recently converted our projection plant from 35mm to Digital, complete with full 5.1 surround sound.

Waterworks fun for family accommodation Whitianga

The Waterworks

New Zealands quirkiest theme park. Far from the hustle and bustle of daily life lies The Waterworks, five acres of fun filled gardens set in the beautiful Coromandel bush.

Fun Zone Family Fun

Fun Zone

1 stop with 9 great outdoor activities! Fun Zone has it all.
Laser & Archery Tag, Soccer Golf, Archery, Target &Laser Clay Shooting, Kids Quads, Paintball & more!
Suitable for most ages.
Come and have a blast!

Driving Creek Railway Coromandel Peninsula

Driving Creek Railway

Scenic narrow gauge mountain railway – Enjoy a scenic 1 hour train ride on this world-class mountain railway. Travel through regenerating native forest with unique pottery sculptures lining the track.

Birdwood Springs Mini Putt Whitianga Town Centre

Wild Wood Mini Golf

No visit to Whitianga would be complete without a visit to ‘WILD WOOD MINI GOLF’. Where family fun meets outdoor adventure!

Whitianga Farm Park on way into Whitianga

Whiti Farm Park

Mercury Bay Golf Course Whitianga Group Accommodation

Mercury Bay Golf Club

Restaurants & Cafes

Hot Water Brewing Company short drive Apartments

Hot Water Beach Brewing Co

Mercury Bay Estate near Apartments Whitianga

Mercury Bay Estate