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Whitianga is located on the East Coast of the Coromandel, and is the perfect location to be as active or as laid back as you like. Whether you are discovering the coast through the impressive walking tracks, Kayaking the beautiful coves and bays or relaxing on one of the many exquisite Pohutukawa lined beaches, there is plenty to enjoy in this outdoor haven.
If you are looking for the ideal accommodation to explore this region, be sure to visit the Bachcare website, where you can instantly book a range of self-catered holiday homes online. A holiday home is a great place to base yourself for your stay, providing space, privacy, comfort, and great value for money!
Come and experience the exquisite, unspoiled region of Whitianga where there is so much for you to enjoy in this outdoor paradise.
1: Cathedral Cove - Famous for the opening scene of The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, Cathedral Cove is well known for its naturally formed stone archway that acts as the framework to one of the most picture perfect beaches in New Zealand. Accessible only by foot, boat or kayak, any effort made to get here will be well worth it and you will not be disappointed with the end reward. Here you can enjoy a picnic, swim or snorkel and marvel at the abundant aquatic life in the marine reserve. Another popular way to explore Cathedral Cove is by the Glass Bottom Boat Cathedral Cove Cruise; a fantastic way to see the amazing marine life of the marine reserve and to discover amazing blowholes and sea caves.
2: Mill Creek Bird & Animal Encounters - Situated in a tranquil rural valley just 10 minutes from Whitianga, Mill Creek bird & Animal Encounters is a delightful farm, come zoo, come animal sanctuary. Home to over 400 birds and a myriad of other critters such as, Blue-Tongue Lizards and Bearded Dragons. Wander around the farm area where you can pat the bunnies, mini horses, and alpacas, feed goats, Kunekune pigs, geese and more! Kids can play on the playground and adults can grab a coffee from the Station Café. The owner’s passion and enthusiasm shines through in the beautiful facilities and the happy animals that are all very well taken care of and loved.
3: The Lost Spring Thermal Hot Pools – The Lost Spring Thermal Pools are the perfect way to forget the real world for a while and completely unwind and rejuvenate the mind, body and soul. Discover a special paradise of therapeutic natural thermal spring pools with poolside service. Pamper yourself in style with massage therapies & beauty treatments. Enjoy soothing waterfalls amongst the tropical gardens and just get lost for a while in the tranquil, relaxing world of The Lost Spring. Children under 14 are not permitted into the Thermal Pools. An adult must accompany children over 14 and under 18.
4: Rangihau Ranch - Rangihau Ranch is set amongst the beautiful landscape of bush-clad hills and valleys of Coroglen. This is a family owned and operated sheep and beef farm offering guided horse treks into the Coromandel ranges along with some good kiwi hospitality. The tracks are varied taking in native bush, open pasture, and hill country enjoying stunning views of the Coromandel Peninsula. The ranch has horses to suit all ages and riding abilities, so if you are a first time rider or someone who is quite experienced, you will enjoy your ride through beautiful New Zealand countryside made even better by the fantastic kiwi hospitality that the ranch staff show its guests.
5: Fishing & Diving – Whitianga is well known for some of the best fishing spots to be found within New Zealand and arguably the best diving in NZ. Any day of the year there is always good diving conditions, prolific fish life & endless dive sites for all levels. There are some excellent guided trips available to make the most of local insights and knowledge of the area.
If you want to find the best Whitianga fishing spots in the Bay, just ask the fishing experts at the local bait and tackle shops or take one of the numerous friendly and knowledgeable fishing charters for the best local fishing information. There are trips to suit all ages and abilities, so get out there and search for that prize catch of the day!
NOTE: If you're in Whitianga during September, don't miss the Whitianga Scallop Festival – this popular seafood event is not to be missed. The Whitianga Scallop Festival will include over 60 cuisine stands, entertainment from some great New Zealand performers, and seafood cooking demonstrations from iconic NZ chefs.
The succulent scallops that the Coromandel is famous for will be cooked in a variety of different ways to savour and indulge in over the weekend.
This is one great foodie festival you will want to experience!
So get escape the hustle and bustle of the city and retreat to this rugged, idyllic coastal town that will provide the perfect setting to indulge in as much activity or relaxation as you desire. It is a slice of paradise you will want to indulge in!
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