Activities and Attractions

Whangamata is an outdoor lovers' paradise. Whether it's a lazy day on a golden-sand beach or a walk in the beautiful New Zealand bush, with Palm Pacific Motel & Resort as your base it's all right here on your doorstep.

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Whangamata Beach

Whangamata Beach

Whangamata Beach is a slice of paradise on the Coromandel Peninsula. A unique part of New Zealand with a pristine surf beach (some of the best surf breaks in New Zealand). Bordering Whangamata township is the Coromandel Forest Park which allows easy access to stunning short walking trails, challenging mountain-bike trails and beautiful scenery.

Titoki 18-hole golf courseWilliamson 9-hole golf courseWhangamata Golf Club

Whangamata Golf Club

The Whangamata Golf Club has 2 courses that will satisfy the demands of either the more experienced golfer (Titoki 18-hole) or the learner/casual golfer (Williamson 9-hole). They extend an invitation to all golfers, be they affiliated or green fee players, to play these courses. The Titoki clubrooms have a bar and catering service available on most busy days. Titoki also has a well-stocked proshop that sells all the leading brands of golf gear. Golf carts, trundlers and clubs are also available for hire. Tee bookings are usually required during holiday periods.

Donut IslandWhenuakurakayaking or paddle boarding in Donut Island

Donut Island (Whenuakura)

Whangamata has an up-and-coming international attraction, Whenuakura or Donut Island. As the name suggests the island's shape is very unique and provides a rare opportunity to experience this wildlife sanctuary. A narrow entrance to the centre of the island is only possible with a kayak or paddle board. Landing on the island is not permitted. Owned by local iwi (Maori tribe) there are local tour guides permitted to take trips to the island which is the recommended way to see the island.

Sightseeing

Wentworth Valley walksFalls Walk in WhangamataWentworth Falls

Wentworth Valley and Falls Walk

Wentworth Valley is ranked the number 2 thing to do when visiting Whangamata. Mostly an easy grade walk with some steeper climbs near the falls. There are two falls to walk to as well as two bridge crossings which makes the walk a little more interesting. Wentworth Falls are in two drops of around 20 metres each. Approximate walking time is 2 hours. For more information on this must-do walk check out the Department of Conservation website.

Karangahake Gorge

Karangahake Gorge

Karangahake Gorge is at the base of the Coromandel Range, some call it the gateway to the Coromandel. A winding road through the gorge gives access to some great walks and cycle trails. Karangahake Gorge still has remnants of mining equipment set up in the late 1800s for extracting valuable minerals. Rail access was installed as well as Victoria Battery, built in 1897 to crush quartz. Waihi town still has a working gold mine with more interesting history on the region. Walk or bike through old rail tunnels, a 45-minute Rail Tunnel loop walk, historic walkway to Waikino or jump on a bike. Karangahake Gorge is part of the New Zealand cycle trail network. Karangahake Gorge is a 40-minute drive from Palm Pacific Motel & Resort, Whangamata.

Gold Discovery Centre

Gold Discovery Centre

Waihi has been famous for its gold since 1878 and it has a compelling story to tell, and now you can experience that fascinating story in unique ways at the award-winning Gold Discovery Centre.

Eating

Whangamata restaurants and cafes

Eat out in Whangamata

As well as restaurants and takeaways, there's also a great café scene too, all within a short walk from Palm Pacific Motel & Resort.