Whitianga

Catch a bus to Whitianga with nakedbus, on the shore of Mercury Bay, from just $1. Whitianga is the main town of the eastern coast of the Coromandel.

There is plenty to see and do in Whitianga, with 40 islands that are accessible, it is a boaties’ dream. There is a beautiful 4km beach which is great for swimming and kayaking. With all this beach and water, there are plenty of watersports on offer, such as jet boating tours, kayaking tours of beaches and sea caves, diving and fishing trips. The game fishing in Whitianga is huge between December and April, with catches including tuna, kingfish and black and striped marlin.

There is a ferry that operating from the wharf, which will take passengers across to Cooks Beach, which is 2.5km away from the landing, and you could also walk to Front Beach and Flaxmill Bay. For idyllic views of the Bay, go to Shakespear’s Lookout, which is on the cliffs above the Ferry landing, where you can sit in awe for hours at the panoramic beauty of this area.

For those who are interested in the history of the area, the Mercury Bay District Museum has displays of the remains from the old timber milling years and Captain Cooks visit. This is located in the old dairy factory and is a must see.

To take a piece of New Zealand with you when you leave, go and make your own bone carving at Bay Carving or the Bone Studio and Gallery. There is also a pottery studio. There are plenty of arts and crafts centers in Whitianga.

With all this and more, such as shellfish collecting and beautiful nature walks, nakedbus will take you to Whitianga from just $1, it is the best and lowest cost way to get to this wonderful holiday town.

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