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Discover the Best of Whitianga

By Betsy Burlingame

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Summary: Our Guide to Whitianga: Top Attractions, Culinary Hotspots, Nightlife, and More. Plus, Tips on Making Connections with the Locals and Finding Fun Recreational Activities

Welcome to Whitianga! If you're planning to move to Whitianga, congratulations on taking the first step towards a new adventure. While there are many things to think about before you leave, such as visas, housing, and transportation, it's important to remember that once you arrive, the fun really begins. In this article, we'll introduce you to some of the best sites, restaurants, and nightlife that Whitianga has to offer, as well as provide tips on recreational activities and making friends in Whitianga.

Whitianga, is a beautiful coastal town on the Coromandel Peninsula, known for its stunning beaches, vibrant marine life, and rich history. One of the main attractions is the Mercury Bay, a large V-shaped bay that offers a variety of water activities such as boating, fishing, and kayaking. The town is also home to the famous Hot Water Beach, where visitors can dig their own hot pool in the sand during low tide. Cathedral Cove, a marine reserve with a massive archway that gives it its name, is another must-visit site. It's accessible by boat, on foot, or by kayak, and offers excellent snorkeling and diving opportunities.

For history enthusiasts, the Mercury Bay Museum offers insights into the area's past, from its Maori origins to its European settlement. The Lost Spring, a thermal resort with hot pools and spa services, is perfect for those seeking relaxation. For nature lovers, the Kauri Grove, a stand of mature kauri trees, offers a beautiful walk through New Zealand's native forest.

Whitianga's restaurant and nightlife scene is as diverse as it is vibrant. The town offers a range of dining options, from casual cafes to fine dining establishments. One of the most popular restaurants is Salt Restaurant and Bar, known for its fresh seafood and stunning views of the Mercury Bay. Another favorite is Squids Seafood Restaurant, which serves a variety of dishes made from locally sourced ingredients. For those craving international cuisine, Espy Cafe offers delicious pizzas and pastas, while Grace O'Malley's Irish Inn provides a taste of Ireland with its traditional pub fare.

The nightlife in Whitianga is laid-back and relaxed, reflecting the town's coastal vibe. The most popular bars include Blue Marlin Bar, a friendly local pub with live music and a wide selection of beers, and Buffalo Beach Bar, which offers a beachfront location and a great selection of cocktails. For those looking for a more lively night out, Club Rio provides a dance floor and DJ music.

Recreational activities in Whitianga are largely centered around the town's natural beauty and marine life. The Mercury Bay offers a range of water activities, including boating, fishing, and kayaking. Companies like Cathedral Cove Kayak Tours and Mercury Bay Sea Kayaks offer guided tours of the bay and its surrounding areas. For those interested in diving, the Dive Zone Whitianga provides diving courses and trips to the local marine reserves.

On land, the Coromandel Forest Park offers excellent hiking and biking trails, while the Whitianga Bike Park is a popular spot for mountain biking. For golf enthusiasts, the Mercury Bay Golf Club offers a challenging 18-hole course with stunning views. For a more relaxed activity, the Mill Creek Bird & Animal Encounters offers a chance to interact with a variety of animals, including birds, rabbits, and guinea pigs.

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About the Author

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.


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