What to do in Whangamata
There’s a lot more to Whangamata than just pretty beaches (although, their beaches are pretty epic!). Whangamata’s history is one of Maori history, early settlers and rapid development, making it today one of the most treasured gems of the Coromandel. With so many things to do in Whangamata, we’ve put together a list of the key experiences to do on your next holiday. For where to stay in Whangamata, take a look here.
See our top 5 things to do in Whangamata…
1. Enjoy Whangamata Beach
Home to one of New Zealand’s most famous surf breaks and recently voted as the best beach in New Zealand by Kiwis, you’re in for a real pearler of a beach! For the surf enthusiasts there are quite literally left hand breaks of your dreams.
2. Paddleboard along the northern estuary
There are two estuaries at both ends of the beach. The northern estuary, known to locals as ‘Sunken Rock’, transforms into an open, lake-like expanse at high tides. Since it is nestled inland just north of Whangamata town, it is perfectly sheltered from the wind and the waves making it ideal for those wanting to ty the more leisurely water activities of paddleboarding or kayaking.
3. Get nostalgic at the Whangamata Beach Hop
Every March you can be transported back in time to the 50’s and 60’s at the Whangamata Beach Hop! Admission is free to the public so anyone can enjoy the throwback tunes. And a bonus, if you’ve got a car that was made prior to 1972, you can cruise up in it to this quickly nostalgic festival.
4. Explore Wentworth Valley
While there are so many different Whangamata walks to choose from, the best are found in Wentworth Valley. You don’t need to be an experienced climber to enjoy these trails, which bring you to rewarding views of Wentworth Falls and the surrounding valley. Easily done round trip in two hours, you’ll still have plenty of time to relax at the beach for the rest of the day!
5. Kayak through Donut Island
Bringing Whangamata to the world map is Donut Island—an island that is quite literally shaped like a donut. Since the island is sacred Maori land, stepping onto the land is strictly prohibited. The island can only be reached via guided kayak tours, making Donut Island a truly special place to see.
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