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Activities in Whangamata

There are plenty of things to do in Whangamata

There 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 partake in.

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) Island.

Bush 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.

Fishing: There 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 Centre.

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.

Day Trips: 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 mining relics.

Internet Access: Internet access is available at Bartley Internet & Graphics, beside the cinema on Port Rd.

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