Once upon a time, Māori explorers took one look at the breathtaking Whitianga Harbour and knew this was the perfect spot to settle down.

Ever since it was first discovered by Kupe, the great Māori explorer, Whitianga has been pegged as a great place to live. Surviving on farming, fishing and tourism, this growing Coromandel Peninsula town gently rolls by. Adjust to the slow pace as you take in the white sands of Buffalo Beach and the turquoise waters of Mercury Bay. Hop on the ferry from the Whitianga Wharf to Ferry Landing to find even more scenic walking trails.