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Vacation rentals in Whangamatā

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Popular amenities for Whangamatā vacation rentals

Stay near Whangamatā's top sights

New World Whangamata25 locals recommend
Pokohino Beach5 locals recommend
Whangamata Surf Life Saving Club4 locals recommend
Whangamata Club INC14 locals recommend
Smoky Pallet Freehouse6 locals recommend
Blackies Cafe18 locals recommend

Quick stats about vacation rentals in Whangamatā

  • Total rentals

    360 properties

  • Rentals with a pool

    10 properties have a pool

  • Pet-friendly rentals

    60 properties allow pets

  • Family-friendly rentals

    280 properties are a good fit for families

  • Total number of reviews

    8.6K reviews

  • Nightly prices starting at

    $10 before taxes and fees

Your guide to Whangamatā

All About Whangamatā

Located in the Coromandel region of New Zealand, north of the Bay of Plenty, Whangamatā is a relaxed village amidst an aquatic playground. The small surf town is surrounded by a saltwater estuary, feeding the Otahu river into the South Pacific with two openings at either end of the beach. Whangamatā beach is a 3.5-mile stretch of soft, golden sand with emerald water, popular among surfers and beach dwellers alike. Markers along the sandy shore indicate which dune areas are home to protected dotterel birds. The Whangamatā surf breaks are unbeatable, yet the waters are still safe for swimmers.

Fishing is also a popular pursuit in Whangamatā, and you’ll often see anglers lined up along the seafront or heading out in boats to try their luck with snapper, kahawai, and tarakihi. Local restaurants also celebrate the marine offerings, with fresh seafood regularly gracing the menus. As you head inland, the coastline quickly gives way to rolling hills, dense forest, and bush — all of which are lined with cycle routes and hiking trails.

The Bay of Plenty region is known for its cultural scene, and Whangamatā is no exception. There are galleries showcasing local creations, from sculpture to photography. Meanwhile, weekend beachside markets are an opportunity to sample the local culinary offerings and pick up handmade gifts.

The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Whangamatā

Whangamatā has numerous outdoor activities available year round. However, many of the local festivals and events take place in the summer months, from November to March. Summers here are pleasant and mild, with enjoyable temperatures never reaching sweltering highs. The Whangamatā Summer Festival is at the end of December, with markets, live music, and family activities. New Year’s Eve is a big deal in Whangamatā, with thousands visiting the town to celebrate, which is good to keep in mind if you’re planning to book your Whangamatā accommodation during this time.

March is the wettest month of the year, but it’s also when you can celebrate all things ‘50s and ‘60s rock and roll at the Whangamatā Beach Hop. Expect classic cars and motorbikes, incredible outfits, trade stalls, and a lot of classic rock.

Winters in Whangamatā, which are from June to August, are wet and cold yet mild, with temperatures never reaching freezing.

Top things to do in Whangamatā

Whenuakura Wildlife Sanctuary

Whenuakura Wildlife Sanctuary, found on Donut Island, is less than a mile from the beach and can be accessed by kayak or boat. Book onto a guided tour to discover the local wildlife, the emerald lagoon, and incredible rocky formations. The island is incredibly sacred to the local people, so be sure to respect its sanctity and experience the island from the water only.

Luck at Last Mine

Outside of Whangamatā, the Luck at Last Mine is a walking trail that offers a glimpse of the region’s former gold mining industry. The Luck at Last Mine dates back to 1897 and has long since been abandoned, and this interesting two-hour walking route takes you along the old carriageway and past some of the mining relics.

Whangamatā Bar

The Whangamatā Bar is a permanent sand bar at the mouth of the estuary, which has been drawing surf tourists from around the world since the 1950s. If you’re a newbie to surfing, stick to some of the smaller breaks under guidance from a local surf school. For a more tranquil experience, hire a kayak or paddleboard and head up one of the estuaries.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do house rentals in Whangamatā have a bbq area?

    Absolutely! We offer over 60 house rentals with a bbq area in Whangamatā. Enjoy a tailored experience with all the comforts you desire.

  • Are there Whangamatā vacation rentals on Airbnb with pools?

    Yes! Dive into the perfect getaway at one of over 10 vacation homes with pools in Whangamatā, available on Airbnb. Make a splash and soak up the sun in style!

  • How much does it cost to stay in guesthouse rentals in Whangamatā?

    Experience the best of Whangamatā with our guesthouse rentals, starting at about $50 per day, before taxes and fees. Embrace comfort and style while staying within your budget in your home away from home.

  • What are the most popular amenities for House Rentals in Whangamatā?

    Enhance your stay in our House Rentals with the most popular amenities: over 160 homes with wifi, over 60 homes with a bbq area, over 80 homes with air conditioning, and more. Indulge in the ultimate retreat, tailored to your preferences.

  • Do guesthouse rentals in Whangamatā have air conditioning?

    Absolutely! We offer over 10 guesthouse rentals with air conditioning in Whangamatā. Enjoy a tailored experience with all the comforts you desire.

  • Are there pet-friendly house rentals in Whangamatā?

    Four-legged friends are welcome in Whangamatā. Choose from more than 40 house rentals for guests traveling with pets.

  • Do guesthouse rentals in Whangamatā have wifi?

    Absolutely! We offer over 20 guesthouse rentals with wifi in Whangamatā. Enjoy a tailored experience with all the comforts you desire.

  • Are there family-friendly private suite rentals in Whangamatā?

    Whangamatā has more than 10 family-friendly private suite rentals. Amenities on the property may include high chairs, travel cribs, or strollers.

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