Whangamata is famous for its unique combination of beach and rainforest, with both worlds providing plentiful activity choices: a safe boating harbour for water skiing and kayaking and a recently opened marina; family swimming and picnics on our spectacular beaches, harbours and estuaries; the Pacific Ocean for boating, fishing, snorkeling & diving; or the bush clad hills offering visitors and locals the choice of many adventures, tramps, historical gold mine sites and mountain biking.
Whangamata has some of the best surfing breaks in New Zealand. Surfing is the unique point of difference from other Coromandel beaches and is a significant economic contributor. Surf board manufacturing and retail surf shops are well established in Whangamata.
Whangamata is also home of the Beach Hop, a five day celebration of '50s & '60s culture and lifestyle with hot rod cars, clothing, music and events of that era.