Whangamata is famous for its surfing and is a popular holiday spot for locals. As well as surf beaches there are calm bays for safe swimming and a harbour for kayaking and fishing. For a break from the water, enjoy one of the many local walks through lush rainforest, passing streams and waterfalls and taking in some of the history from the historic gold mining industry.
Whenuakura Island, or Donut Island to the locals, is beginning to assume iconic status alongside other regional attractions in the Coromandel. A short paddle-board or kayak to Donut Island will be rewarded with scenes that inspire the imagination. The stunning Whenuakura Island is one of a group of islands off the coast of Whangamata which have wildlife sanctuary status.