Welcome to Whitianga

Welcome to Whitianga, the heart of Mercury Bay!

Whitianga is the main settlement of Mercury Bay, an attractive township with a deepwater harbour. Its harbour has made Whitianga the home of the Mercury Bay Boating club and the departure point for big game fishing enthusiasts. Many charter boats ply the waters of Mercury Bay for fishing or scenic cruising.

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.

The traditional forms of accommodation are being upgraded with establishments of an international standard.

Whitianga has 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. Within a short drive there are plenty of world class beaches waiting for you...

There are fish to catch and shellfish to gather; the relatively sheltered waters of the bay are great for all water sports. On land there are bush walks and horse trekking over picturesque farmland; or check out the local artists who reside in our area, renowned for its inspirational landscape.

Whitianga is located on the Eastern side of The Coromandel Peninsula, 208kms from Auckland, 93km from Thames, 42 kms from Tairua. Mercury Bay is the area of water that encompasses a spectacular coast flanked by islands.