Voted best beach in New Zealand by NZ Herald readers 2018.
Whangamata Beach is one of New Zealand's most famous surf breaks, particularly the Whangamata Bar. The left hand break attracts surfers from around the world. At either end of Whangamata Beach are estuaries that are great for exploring by kayak or SUP (stand up paddle boards). Surf boards, SUP boards and kayaks can all be hired in town.
Whangamata is also home to one of New Zealand’s most beautiful coastal attractions, Whenuakura (commonly referred to as Donut Island). For a long time Whenuakura was a local secret. This has changed in recent years as this pacific treasure is quickly becoming a ‘must do’ New Zealand adventure. Guardians of the islands and Whangamata locals encourage you to treat the islands with respect to preserve their future.
The beach is also a great spot to relax due to its proximity to town. It is also great for walking and running along the 6km beach. Care must be taken in the dunes and fenced off areas to protect the endangered Dotterel bird species.
SURFING WHANGAMATA: The beach break is good for surfers of all levels. The bar is reserved for experts, remember to respect the locals in return for your share of the good times.
SAFETY: Whangamata Beach is patrolled by Surf Life Saving NZ in the summer. Remember to always swim between the flags.
ACCESS: There are a number of marked beach access points which you must use to preserve the sand dunes that harbour wildlife and protect the coastline. 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.