Mercury Bay, on the East Coast of the Coromandel Peninsula, offers a spectacular coast flanked by islands. The area has white sandy beaches, crystal clear streams and green mountains… a variety of dramatic landscapes to welcome you.
Whitianga is the main town of the Coromandel Area and is located on the eastern side of the Coromandel Peninsula. It is 208 kms from Auckland and Hamilton (2.5 – 3 hours driving time). It is a popular holiday town for many people from other cities around NZ and overseas. Whitianga has about 4,000 permanent residents and offers a full range of services and attractions for visitors. Whitianga has an excellent selection of fine restaurants, cafes and a wide variety of accommodation to cater for everyone. The relatively sheltered waters of the bay are great for all kinds of water sports. On land, you can enjoy bush walks, horse trekking, tours, adventures, shopping and restaurants; or check out the local artists on Mercury Bay’s Craft Trail.
Thames is a mere 90 minute drive from Auckland and Hamilton, Thames is known as the ‘Gateway to the Coromandel’. It is the main shopping location on the peninsula. In the late 19th century, this town was one of New Zealand’s largest – built on the pioneering industries of gold mining and kauri logging. At one stage, Thames was even the capital city of New Zealand. Today, its colourful history is still alive in the many pubs, buildings, museums and activities found in the area. It is a pleasant provincial town of 8,000 people.