popular for swimming and surfing, this spectacular white sand, 5km beach is protected from development by an afforested reserve. Wharekawa Harbour is known for bush walking and bird watching.
The Whangamata Information Centre provides information and permits for bush walks, mountain bike trails and other activities in the Pine Forest located 3km north of town on State Highway 25.
Luck at Last Mine
a well sign posted track in the forest provides a scenic one hour walk to old gold mine ruins. An alternative track to Pritchard's Kauri in virgin bush is 4km further on the Forestry Rd.
a popular surfcasting beach that offers exceptional views from the southern hilltop.
Tuhua (Mayor) Island
famous waters for big game fishing 30km off the coast, that can be reached by one of the local charter boats.
exposed and often rough, this beach does have a tidal lagoon that offers safe swimming.
Whangamata Craft Trail
gifted local artisans can be visited using a brochure available from the Information Centre.
offering a 30 min Old Mines walk, a two hour walk to the waterfalls and a five hour walk, Maratoto- Wentworth.