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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.

Mountain Biking

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.

Wentworth Valley

offering a 30 min Old Mines walk, a two hour walk to the waterfalls and a five hour walk, Maratoto- Wentworth.

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COVID-19 has caused disruption to accommodation and tourism across New Zealand and around the world. Brenton Lodge is now open and is looking forward to sharing this beautiful part of the world with you. Our accommodation is individually and privately accessed which gives confidence to our guests. Each lodge has a kitchenette so we are able to provide easy physical distancing as well as best industry practice in hygiene and sanitising.  


We were already maintaining very high standards of cleanliness but we are now also

  • Conducting full sanitisation of all touchable services

  • Providing hand sanitiser in each lodge for the use of guests

  • Minimising contact between our team and guests

  • All our team wear gloves and masks during the cleaning process between guests

  • Additional towels and amenities are available in each lodge if preferred as an alternative to servicing


Booking and Cancellation - There will be no cancellation fees for guests who book with us direct and need to cancel due to COVID 19 or New Zealand alert levels.  This means anyone who has booked direct with Brenton Lodge, will be able to move their booking to later in the year (up to and including 31st March 2021) without penalty and their deposits will be credited against a later booking.  Or you may choose to cancel and receive a refund in full. Please note we cannot offer the same for bookings made through third party on line booking websites. We will do all that we can to support you during these really difficult times.