Whitianga is the main settlement of the Mercury Bay on the Coromandel Peninsula, New Zealand. An attractive township with a deep-water harbour, Whitianga is a place where you can do a little or a lot - the pace of life can be as busy or as calm as you choose.
The Mercury Bay is an area of water on the eastern Coromandel Peninsula that encompasses a spectacular coast flanked by islands. The beautiful harbour has made Whitianga the home of the Mercury Bay Boating club and the main departure point for big game fishing enthusiasts and many other water activities. An increasing popular New Zealand North Island summer get-a-way spot, Whitianga & the Mercury Bay region is located on the Eastern side of The Coromandel Peninsula, 208kms from Auckland, 93km from Thames, and 42 km from Tairua.
It is near some popular Coromandel tourist spots including Hahei, Cathedral Cove, and Hot Water Beach. With the world-renowned Coromandel Coast and the Cathedral Cove (Te Whanganui-A-Hei) Marine Reserve on its doorstep, you will find many charter boats plying the waters of Mercury Bay for fishing, diving or scenic cruising trips. The Whitianga Marina is a world class New Zealand 'Clean Marina' and a popular stop-off point for both local and international boat owners visiting the Coromandel Peninsula.
Whitianga has been continuously occupied for more than a thousand years since Maori explorer Kupe's tribe settled here after his visit in about 950 A.D. now a thriving coastal town with 4,000 permanent residents. Whitianga is evolving into a delightful place to visit and fast becoming one New Zealand's most popular North Island summer holiday destinations.
Whitianga hosts a number of fun and exciting events throughout the year, and offers an excellent selection of fine restaurants and cafes, and a wide variety of accommodation to cater for everyone. The thriving retail community provides an interesting collection of outlets, and within a short drive, there are plenty of stunning beaches, scenic walks and beautiful sights waiting for you.