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Whangamatā - Kiwis say its one of the best beaches in New Zealand

Famous for its unique combination of beach and rainforest and voted best beach in New Zealand by NZ Herald readers in 2018, Whangamatā's amazing ocean beach provides some of the best surfing breaks, yet safest swimming in the country. Holidaymakers flock to the ocean beaches and saltwater estuaries of Whangamatā to enjoy this popular aquatic playground, but there is so much more to this seaside town.

Coromandel Forest Park borders the town and provides many other 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. Many of the houses are holiday homes - providing weekend refuge and the classic Kiwi beach bach holiday. Whangamatā is also home of the Beach Hop, a five-day celebration of '50s and '60s culture.

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Fabulous gold 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 Whangamatā time after time.

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