are plenty of things to do in Whangamata. The Information Centre
on Port Road (Whangamata's main street) is the best place to get
detailed information on the many and varied activities you can
Golfing: There are two golf courses in Whangamata;
Williamson Golf Course is a nine hole course located on Achilles
Avenue which is only a couple of minutes walk, and an 18 hole
course, Titoki on the way out of town towards Waihi is a few minutes
by car. Both courses have hire clubs available. Bookings are
required over the summer period.
Surfing/Kayaking: Whangamata is well known for 'the bar',
at the harbour entrance. Board hire is available from local surf
shops, or the board makers in town. Or Kayak the harbour or estuary,
and on a calm day, explore up the coastline or out to Clark (Hauturu)
Walks/ Mountain Biking: There are
numerous bush walks and rides available, such as Wentworth Valley
Waterfall to the Luck at Last Goldmine. Check out the Information
Centre for details.
are many charter boats in Whangamata to take you out fishing or
diving . Bookings are essential and can be made at the Information
Centre in town. Or cast off the beach to try your luck.
Tennis/Squash: There is a squash / tennis club in
Whangamata, which has keys available for public use from the Info
Sunbathing! Over 10 kilometres of
beautiful white sand to lie on all day in search of that perfect
tan. From the busy surf club area, to the not so busy Estuary end
which is great for families.
Opoutere Beach - A 20 minute drive North to this unspoilt
surf beach and beautiful estuary, a conservation area and home to
the rare NZ Dotterel. Hot Water Beach - an hours drive
north, bath in your own beach built natural spa at low tide.
Cathedral Cove - a bit further on from Hot Water Beach.
Take a picnic lunch to savour this unique piece of limestone
architecture. The protected beach is ideal for swimming and
snorkelling. Get organised and hire a Kayak, turn a long walk
into a short paddle! Waihi and the Karangahake Gorge -
A 40 minute drive South to visit this historic gold mining area.
Take the vintage Goldfields Railway from the town to the old gold
Access: Internet access is available at Bartley Internet &
Graphics, beside the cinema on Port Rd.