The beach’s proximity to town creates a seamless flow between the local cafes, convenience stores and tour operators. The beach with its wide open spaces does not feel crowded with plenty of room for walkers and runners. Care must be taken in the dunes and fenced off areas to protect the endangered Dotterel bird species. There are clearly marked beach access points to support the dune regeneration programmes and wildlife conservation.
Access for mobility impaired visitors is best at Access Points 8 and 9 on the Esplanade by the Surf Club where there is parking and a boardwalk.
SUP boards and kayaks can all be hired in town. The tidal estuaries at either end of the surfing beach are favourite spots. There are guided tours to Donut Island on either kayaks or SUP.
WHAT TO DO NEARBY
Wentworth falls walk
Easy short walks include Wentworth Falls and old mining shafts. There is a swimming hole at the base of the waterfalls. The path is an easy grade walking track with two bridge crossings over the river. Allow up to half a day with kids and bring snacks. Toilets are located at the Wentworth Valley campground, which is a 7km drive from Whangamata on SH25. The campground is the start for the walk
Waiomu Kauri Grove
There are campsites in the forest, check beforehand for availability and conditions. Dogs on a leash are allowed into some areas of the forest.
The Whangamata Ridges Mountain Bike Park
And most importantly Whangamata is home to several great summer festivals.
- “Whanga Week” (December) fundraising initiative to raise money for the local surf club. Expect to see fun runs, swimming races such as Whangamata SLSC Club Classic Harbour Swim, and the the festival formerly hosted a beach babe event, the Miss Whangamata beauty pageant which is now off the calendar of events. For details check Whanga Week & Summer Events
- Beach Hop (March) nostalgic about rock n roll 1960’s, classic cars and bikes then this is the place for you to be. Has been known to attract up to 75,000 devoted fans, check Beach Hop – Home