- Mountain Bike the Coromandel Forest Park
- Surf cast from the beach or fish from the wharf
- Surf the famous bar - left hand break
- Swim at the surf beach, harbour or estuary
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A great area for bird watching enthusiasts as at the southern end of the beach the Wharekawa Harbour Wildlife Refuge protects a breeding area for New Zealand dotterel and the variable oyster catcher.
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Famous for its unique combination of beach and rainforest, Whangamata's amazing ocean beach provides some of the best surfing breaks, yet safest swimming in the country. The Coromandel Forest Park bordering the town provides many outdoor experiences, including short walks, mountain bike trails and old gold mining sites. The town also has one of the best shopping centres in the region. A number of the houses in the area are holiday homes - providing weekend refuge and the classic kiwi beach holiday. Whangamata is also home of the Beach Hop, a five day celebration of '50s and '60s culture.
Experience the stunning landscapes of the area on the many local walks.
Have fun on the beach breaks while the famous Whangamata Bar is left to the experienced surfers.
A boatie's paradise, from diving for crayfish to fishing the Pacific Ocean.
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Fabulous golden and white sand beaches with magnificent coastal scenery, a rugged forest-cloaked interior waiting to be explored and one of New Zealand's best surfing breaks are just some of the natural attractions that have people returning to Whangamata time after time.
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