Whitianga

Travel Guide
Cathedral Cove Beach showing a sandy beach, general coastal views and caves

It’s all about the water at this laid-back coastal town on Mercury Bay where you can explore beautiful beaches, including one that’s naturally heated, and fascinating coves.

Perched on the edge of the idyllic Mercury Bay, this historic coastal settlement was an early point of arrival for Māori explorers. Permanently settled by the Māori’s for more than 1,000 years, Whitianga is an important cultural site surrounded by natural beauty. With over 4,000 permanent residents Whitianga offers a bustling town centre with a laid-back atmosphere. Use Whitianga as a base to explore Mercury Bay and spend time checking out the town centre.

Bring your swimsuit to make the most of Mercury Bay’s many beaches. Whitianga is located on Buffalo Beach. Look for the dolphins that regularly play just out from shore. Have your camera ready as the sun begins to set to see the dolphins at their most active.

Travel farther afield, by car and ferry, to reach the pristine waters of Cooks Beach, a landing point for British explorer James Cook, or the thermally heated waters of Hot Water Beach, one of the country’s most popular attractions. A number of islands are dotted around the Mercury Bay area and can be explored by charter boat or ferry.

Visit Whitianga in September to experience the culinary delights of the Scallop Festival. Learn new ways of cooking seafood, sample freshly caught produce and enjoy a glass of wine as you savour a plate of scallops. With more than 60 stalls, the festival is a highlight of Whitianga’s calendar.

Whitianga is located in the northeast of New Zealand’s North Island. Reach the town by car, bus or train in a pleasant 2-to-3 hour journey from Auckland. Once in Whitianga you’ll find a wealth of accommodation, ranging from affordable hotels and motels in the town centre to resort-style apartments with beach views. Over the Christmas and summer holiday period the town becomes extremely popular and bookings are recommended for all accommodation.

Beachside Resort Whitianga
Beachside Resort Whitianga
4 out of 5
20 Eyre Street, Whitianga, 3510
The price is £63 per night from 24 May to 25 May
Stay at this 4-star family-friendly motel in Whitianga. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a children's pool. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (683 reviews)
"our stay was good. Only downside was hotel staff getting maintenance guy in to look at something in our room after we had checked in. Was a bit disruptive."

Reviewed on 17 May 2022

Beachside Resort Whitianga
Blue Marlin Apartments
Blue Marlin Apartments
3.5 out of 5
4 Buffalo Beach Road, Whitianga, 3510
The price is £77 per night from 31 May to 1 Jun
Stay at this 3.5-star beach hotel in Whitianga. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a terrace. Our guests praise the WiFi and the comfy rooms in their reviews. ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (171 reviews)
"Clean and tidy walking distance to everything"

Reviewed on 26 Mar 2022

Blue Marlin Apartments
Waterfront Apartments Whitianga
Waterfront Apartments Whitianga
3.5 out of 5
2 Buffalo beach Road, Whitianga, 3542
The price is £95 per night from 26 May to 27 May
Stay at this 3.5-star beach aparthotel in Whitianga. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a terrace. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy rooms in ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (122 reviews)
"I like it situated near the beach and the balcony"

Reviewed on 26 Jan 2022

Waterfront Apartments Whitianga
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Waterfront Apartments Whitianga
Waterfront Apartments Whitianga
3.5 out of 5
2 Buffalo beach Road, Whitianga, 3542
The price is £95 per night from 26 May to 27 May
Stay at this 3.5-star beach aparthotel in Whitianga. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a terrace. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy rooms in ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (122 reviews)
"I like it situated near the beach and the balcony"

Reviewed on 26 Jan 2022

Waterfront Apartments Whitianga
Beachfront Resort
Beachfront Resort
4 out of 5
113 Buffalo Beach Road, Whitianga, 3510
The price is £99 per night from 6 Jun to 7 Jun
Stay at this 4-star beach apartment in Whitianga. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a beach locale. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy rooms in ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (94 reviews)
"It was very clean and well laid out. Looked modern and welcoming, and very spacious. We arrived late, but because we arranged ahead we were able to self check in. The courtyard overlooking the beach is also very nice. The WiFi works well and they also have Netflix which we watched in the evenings. ..."

Reviewed on 29 Dec 2021

Beachfront Resort
Oceans Resort Whitianga
Oceans Resort Whitianga
4.5 out of 5
18 Eyre Stree, Whitianga, 3510
The price is £99 per night from 24 May to 25 May
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury aparthotel in Whitianga. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and room service. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in their ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (178 reviews)
"spacious and accommodating"

Reviewed on 23 Jan 2022

Oceans Resort Whitianga
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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