Whitianga is an excellent base for exploring the Coromandel region, located just north of Auckland and famous for its forested coastlines and stunning beaches. Take your Whitianga rental car through this wonderfully scenic region and sample the mix of natural and historical attractions. Here are our top 5 must-see picks.
Hauraki Rail Trail
The Hauraki Rail Trail has been opened in parts to allow smooth, easy cycling through lush native bush and across rivers and gorges. The going is incredibly smooth, making it perfect for a family cycling trip, and there are several different length rides you can attempt.
The historic Whitianga Rock Pa site is accessed by a walk from Ferry Landing Wharf, built from stone from nearby cliffs. You’ll see terraces where Maori houses once stood, as well as eroded caves that are now considered Tapu as they were once old burial sites.
This is a relaxed, artistic town that is home to a range of talented artisans and craftspeople. It initially grew with the gold rush nearby, and has remained an active township ever since. The perfect place for a spot of lunch as you tour with your Whitianga car rental.
Coromandel Coastal Walkway
This beautiful coastal walk takes 3-4 hours one way and provides excellent views out over the coast line, down into the sandy beaches or across the different islands. A guided tour can bring you to and from Coromandel Town.
Located on the Coromandel Peninsula, Cathedral Cove is internationally renowned for its incredible cavern and surrounding white beaches. Accessed only by foot or by boat, it’s well worth the trip. Walk the tracks to view stunning coastal scenery or go sea kayaking to explore the Marine Reserve.
Check out our Whitianga Travel Itinerary.
Don’t miss a single one of these amazing Whitianga attractions with a comfortable, reliable car rental from NZ Rent A Car. We have a variety of reliable hire vehicles available from our Whitianga car rental depot to get you around, wherever your visit takes you.
Whitianga: Our Top 5 Tourist Attractions