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Popular amenities for Whangamatā vacation rentals

Stay near Whangamatā's top sights

New World Whangamata25 locals recommend
Whangamata Surf Life Saving Club4 locals recommend
Pokohino Beach5 locals recommend
Whangamata Club INC14 locals recommend
Smoky Pallet Freehouse6 locals recommend
Blackies Cafe18 locals recommend

Quick stats about vacation rentals in Whangamatā

  • Total rentals

    340 properties

  • Nightly prices starting at

    $10 before taxes and fees

  • Total number of reviews

    9K reviews

  • Family-friendly rentals

    260 properties are a good fit for families

  • Pet-friendly rentals

    50 properties allow pets

  • Rentals with a pool

    10 properties have a pool

Your guide to Whangamatā

All About Whangamatā

Located in the Coromandel region of New Zealand, north of the Bay of Plenty, Whangamatā is a relaxed village amidst an aquatic playground. The small surf town is surrounded by a saltwater estuary, feeding the Otahu river into the South Pacific with two openings at either end of the beach. Whangamatā beach is a 3.5-mile stretch of soft, golden sand with emerald water, popular among surfers and beach dwellers alike. Markers along the sandy shore indicate which dune areas are home to protected dotterel birds. The Whangamatā surf breaks are unbeatable, yet the waters are still safe for swimmers.

Fishing is also a popular pursuit in Whangamatā, and you’ll often see anglers lined up along the seafront or heading out in boats to try their luck with snapper, kahawai, and tarakihi. Local restaurants also celebrate the marine offerings, with fresh seafood regularly gracing the menus. As you head inland, the coastline quickly gives way to rolling hills, dense forest, and bush — all of which are lined with cycle routes and hiking trails.

The Bay of Plenty region is known for its cultural scene, and Whangamatā is no exception. There are galleries showcasing local creations, from sculpture to photography. Meanwhile, weekend beachside markets are an opportunity to sample the local culinary offerings and pick up handmade gifts.

The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Whangamatā

Whangamatā has numerous outdoor activities available year round. However, many of the local festivals and events take place in the summer months, from November to March. Summers here are pleasant and mild, with enjoyable temperatures never reaching sweltering highs. The Whangamatā Summer Festival is at the end of December, with markets, live music, and family activities. New Year’s Eve is a big deal in Whangamatā, with thousands visiting the town to celebrate, which is good to keep in mind if you’re planning to book your Whangamatā accommodation during this time.

March is the wettest month of the year, but it’s also when you can celebrate all things ‘50s and ‘60s rock and roll at the Whangamatā Beach Hop. Expect classic cars and motorbikes, incredible outfits, trade stalls, and a lot of classic rock.

Winters in Whangamatā, which are from June to August, are wet and cold yet mild, with temperatures never reaching freezing.

Top things to do in Whangamatā

Whenuakura Wildlife Sanctuary

Whenuakura Wildlife Sanctuary, found on Donut Island, is less than a mile from the beach and can be accessed by kayak or boat. Book onto a guided tour to discover the local wildlife, the emerald lagoon, and incredible rocky formations. The island is incredibly sacred to the local people, so be sure to respect its sanctity and experience the island from the water only.

Luck at Last Mine

Outside of Whangamatā, the Luck at Last Mine is a walking trail that offers a glimpse of the region’s former gold mining industry. The Luck at Last Mine dates back to 1897 and has long since been abandoned, and this interesting two-hour walking route takes you along the old carriageway and past some of the mining relics.

Whangamatā Bar

The Whangamatā Bar is a permanent sand bar at the mouth of the estuary, which has been drawing surf tourists from around the world since the 1950s. If you’re a newbie to surfing, stick to some of the smaller breaks under guidance from a local surf school. For a more tranquil experience, hire a kayak or paddleboard and head up one of the estuaries.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How is the weather in Whangamatā?

    Whangamatā experiences a mild climate, with average summer temperatures around 70°F (21°C) and winter temperatures typically around 55°F (13°C). Rainfall is spread throughout the year, so pack an umbrella just in case.

  • What are some of the best things to do in Whangamatā?

    Visitors to Whangamatā often enjoy kayaking or paddleboarding in the harbor, exploring the local artisan shops, or taking a relaxing stroll along the stunning Whangamatā beach. Surfing is also a much-loved activity due to the area's renowned surf breaks.

  • What is the best time of year to visit Whangamatā?

    The summer months of December to February are the most popular time to visit Whangamatā. The annual Beach Hop event, which features classic cars, music, and dancing, usually takes place in March and draws a lively crowd.

  • What are the best places to stay in Whangamatā?

    Visitors often choose to stay near the Whangamatā beach area for easy access to the water, or in the town center for close proximity to local shops, cafes and parks. Accommodations in the surrounding rural areas also provide a tranquil retreat.

  • What are the best places to visit in Whangamatā?

    The Whangamatā Marina and Beach are frequently visited spots. For nature lovers, the Wentworth Valley and its waterfalls, located just outside of town, is a popular destination. History enthusiasts might enjoy the Whangamatā Surf Life Saving Club, which has a rich past.

  • What are some hiking trails in Whangamatā?

    The Whangamatā Trig Walkway offers stunning views of the town and harbor. The Wentworth Valley Walk leads hikers to two beautiful waterfalls. For a coastal experience, the Whiritoa to Waimama Bay trail provides a scenic cliff-top walk.

  • What are some family activities to do in Whangamatā?

    Families in Whangamatā often enjoy a day at the beach, exploring the local parks, or taking a fun-filled surfing lesson. For a quieter day, the Whangamatā Library offers a range of books and activities for children.

  • What are some of the best day trip ideas in Whangamatā?

    Consider a day trip to the nearby Aldermen Islands for some diving or to the Karangahake Gorge, which hosts a historic gold mining site and scenic walking trails. A drive to the nearby town of Thames can also provide a change of pace with its rich history and charming streets.

  • Do house rentals in Whangamatā have a bbq area?

    Absolutely! We offer over 60 house rentals with a bbq area in Whangamatā. Enjoy a tailored experience with all the comforts you desire.

  • Are there Whangamatā vacation rentals on Airbnb with pools?

    Yes! Dive into the perfect getaway at one of over 10 vacation homes with pools in Whangamatā, available on Airbnb. Make a splash and soak up the sun in style!

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