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Things to do in Whitianga

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Beach
“Cathedral Cove Accessible only on foot, boat or kayak, our famous Cathedral Cove is one of the “must visit” sites on The Coromandel. There are several scenic tracks on land adjacent to the reserve, including the 2hr return walk to Cathedral Cove track, which gives access to Gemstone Bay, Mares Leg and Cathedral Cove.”
  • 66 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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“This place is a must for any pizza lover! In Just under an hours drive from your accommodation you will reach one of the best wood fired pizza joints in the Coromandel. Watch your wood fired pizza getting made in front of you as you sit with a nice cold beer and listen to some live music. ... and don't forget Otama and Optio bay is just round the corner (they are not to be missed)”
  • 52 locals recommend
Hot Spring
“Most visited place in whitianga. Geothermal pools, spa treatments and restaurant.”
  • 57 locals recommend
Café
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“A unique experience. The rail way was built by a local potter. There is also a pottery where you can see potters at work. ”
  • 28 locals recommend
Gastropub
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“We are spoilt for choice for eateries in Coromandel. The Pepper Tree Restaurant won't disappoint. Majestically situated in the heart of Coromandel Township, the Pepper Tree offers a unique dining experience rich in Coromandel history. Enjoy the sun-soaked courtyard and shaded verandas over summer and cosy dining next to an open fire during winter.”
  • 18 locals recommend
Store
“This historic building with walls of history will keep you fascinated and intrigued with a warm glowing fire in the winter and a refreshing cool breeze in the summer. They serve cocktails, quality wines & spirits, the full range of New Zealand’s premium Monteiths on tap + more. On Sundays they offer$10 pizza's and 4 beers for $20 !!!”
  • 16 locals recommend
Café
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“Umu literally means a Maori oven consisting of a hollow in the earth in which food is cooked on heated stones. But this Umu is a classy cafe including pizza, counter food (tarts and quiches ), superb coffee and tummy-taming breakfasts. ”
  • 18 locals recommend
Beach
“This place, is a gem, seldom seen by visitors, however once seen never forgotten.”
  • 28 locals recommend
Nature
“You could spend half your day here .. One mans idea to build everything using water. Eccentric and entrepreneurial. This place has Awards to its name, is based on the 309 Road and only 10 mins drive away from your cottage. . Oh I nearly forgot to add the friendly Wild Pigs that roam the 309 road. They are all owned by Stu . He feeds and loves his pigs dearly with each one having a name. If you like, just stop and Stu will be there unless he’s gone shopping for more food! He appreciates coin donations to help keep them healthy. Definitely a local icon ..”
  • 21 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“The closest dining establishment to Flaxmill. Open for breakfast, lunch and evening meals. Often hosts local music events for a great night out (and only 200m from our gates). Closes in low season May - Sept.”
  • 32 locals recommend
Bar
“Enjoy a nice cold home brewed N.Z. Craft beer with great food in a nice outdoor garden setting. ”
  • 26 locals recommend
Mediterranean Restaurant
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“Despite many ownership changes in the last year, the food still does not live up to the setting. We consider it a tourist trap. ”
  • 23 locals recommend
Place to eat
“One of our favourite restaurants! Polynesian, Asian, Thai, Vietnamese, Fusion Cuisine to die for!”
  • 23 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“If you like wine tasting there is a local Vineyard on the hill overlooking Cooks Beach with incredible views. They also offer pizza and antipasto platters but we suggest you double-check their opening hours on their website before visiting.”
  • 20 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“A wonderful restaurant just 1km away at the corner of the 309 Road and SH25.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Café
“A great cafe to go to after you’ve enjoyed a soak in a Hot Pool at Hot Water Beach. Enjoy breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea, set in a nice outdoor garden area, Fantastic Herbal tea selection, Delicious Allpress Coffee with Hummingbird Cake/blueberry muffins Yummy! Fantastic Art, Outdoor Play area for the children/indoor toy box. Friday nights music night. Every other day open 8.30am-4pm Free wifi. ”
  • 17 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Pizza Place
“This place is a must for any pizza lover! In Just under an hours drive from your accommodation you will reach one of the best wood fired pizza joints in the Coromandel. Watch your wood fired pizza getting made in front of you as you sit with a nice cold beer and listen to some live music. ... and don't forget Otama and Optio bay is just round the corner (they are not to be missed)”
  • 52 locals recommend
Gastropub
“We are spoilt for choice for eateries in Coromandel. The Pepper Tree Restaurant won't disappoint. Majestically situated in the heart of Coromandel Township, the Pepper Tree offers a unique dining experience rich in Coromandel history. Enjoy the sun-soaked courtyard and shaded verandas over summer and cosy dining next to an open fire during winter.”
  • 18 locals recommend
Store
“This historic building with walls of history will keep you fascinated and intrigued with a warm glowing fire in the winter and a refreshing cool breeze in the summer. They serve cocktails, quality wines & spirits, the full range of New Zealand’s premium Monteiths on tap + more. On Sundays they offer$10 pizza's and 4 beers for $20 !!!”
  • 16 locals recommend
Café
“Umu literally means a Maori oven consisting of a hollow in the earth in which food is cooked on heated stones. But this Umu is a classy cafe including pizza, counter food (tarts and quiches ), superb coffee and tummy-taming breakfasts. ”
  • 18 locals recommend
Restaurant
“The closest dining establishment to Flaxmill. Open for breakfast, lunch and evening meals. Often hosts local music events for a great night out (and only 200m from our gates). Closes in low season May - Sept.”
  • 32 locals recommend
Bar
“Enjoy a nice cold home brewed N.Z. Craft beer with great food in a nice outdoor garden setting. ”
  • 26 locals recommend
Mediterranean Restaurant
“Despite many ownership changes in the last year, the food still does not live up to the setting. We consider it a tourist trap. ”
  • 23 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“A wonderful restaurant just 1km away at the corner of the 309 Road and SH25.”
  • 12 locals recommend

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