1. Swim or Surf at Whangamata Beach
This 6km white sandy beach is what makes Whangamata a summer hot spot. Hire a board or get lessons at the local surf school on Esplanade Drive. Surf patrol operatesÂ in summer from the Whangamata Surf Life Saving Club. Alternatively, beach time can be enjoyed through swimming or long walks on the beach with an ice cream in hand! There are multiple access points to the beach.
Location: Whangamata Beach
2. Walk to Wentworth Falls
For an inland adventure, explore the Wentworth Valley along the WentworthÂ Falls Track (2 hours return). Follow an easy grade track along the Wentworth River. There are two bridge crossings before ascending to an epic view of Wentworth Falls. There are two drops to the falls, both tumbling about 20m each. The track continues higher to a basin at the top of the falls. There is a campground in the Wentworth Valley too. See more walks in the area in ourÂ 16 Awesome Hikes in The Coromandel.
Location: Wentworth Valley Road, 7km from Whangamata
3. Kayak to the Whenuakura Wildlife Sanctuary
Known to the locals as “Donut Island” this island off the shores of Whangamata Beach is a hollow island only accessible through a 40ft-high cave. Join a local tour company for a guided kayak or stand-up paddleboard tour into the centre of the island with towering cliffs and a crystal clear lagoon. The island is a protected wildlife sanctuary so you are asked not to set foot on the island.
Location: Whenuakura Island just off Whangamata Beach
4. Discover the town’s shops and cafes
Whangamata offers some of the best shopping in the region, particularlyÂ boutique shopping and speciality surf shops. There is also a unique coffee culture here with around 10 different cafes to choose from in this compact town. Take the time to wander and sample some treats for yourself.
Location: Whangamata town
5. Visit the Opoutere Beach & Coastal Bird Reserve
An excellent outing for nature lovers is at OpoutereÂ Beach, just a short drive from Whangamata. Opoutere Beach lies at the southern end of the Wharekawa Harbour and is a protected breeding ground for rare species like the New Zealand dotterel. There is a 45-minute returnÂ walk along a boardwalk to see this area for yourself. Start by crossing a wooden footbridgeÂ leading into a pine tree forest before the walk turns into a boardwalk over a sandspit. Find out more about the beaches in the area inÂ 10 Coromandel Beaches You Can’t Miss.
Location: Opoutere Road, 11kms north of Whangamata