Explore the white sandy beaches and blue water
the Coromandel region is famous for.
Arguably one of the most picturesque spots in the Coromandel and New Zealand, Cathedral Cove is accessible only on foot or by boat and a must visit site on the Peninsula. The 1hr track to it begins at the northern end of Hahei and leads along the cliftop then descends to the cove. Here a gigantic arched cavern passes through a white rock headland to join two secluded coves. The cathedral-like arch gives the whole area an air of grandeur. The beach is quintessenally Coromandel, sandy with shady Pohutukawa trees along the foreshore; a perfect place to swim, snorkel, kayak, picnic and take many amazing photos.
Distance from us: 10 minutes drive
Flaxmill Bay is a sheltered north-facing beach, a great safe swimming spot, where children can play in the estuary, and rock pools. Walk to Front Beach when the tide is out and explore the lime rock cliffs. Do the bush walk up to Shakespear cliff and take in the breath-taking views of Mercury Bay and some local history. Flaxmill bay offers a local cafe-resturant, open over the high season.
Distance from us: 5 minute walk
Cooks Beach is one of a string of delightful sandy beaches on the the Paciﬁc Ocean Coast of the Coromandle Peninsula. It’s a beautiful cresent shaped white sandy beach stretching approximately 3km long, making it the longest beach in the area. The beach is perfect for family swimming, walking, sunbathing, and boating activities. The adjacent Purangi Estuary has an excellent trailer boat launching area and picnic spot.
Distance from us: 5 minute walk
Hahei is a popular holiday destination, it has the most spectacular and popular pink sandy beach and is close to the famous Cathedral Cove on the eastern side of the Coromandel Peninsula. A great spot to swim and relax in the sun, although be aware it can be less shletered than the other beaches, with rips forming. The town centre offers a great selection of bars and cafes. Water Taxis to Cathedral Cove and Kayaking activities are based here.
Distance from us: 10 minutes drive (next to Cathedral Cove)
Hot Water Beach
A long golden sandy beach with great surf. Dig your own hot pool meters from the Paciﬁc Ocean at the world famous Hot Water Beach two hours either side of low tide. Bring a spade or hire one. From the hot water area, the long sandy beach stretches north and curves under a headland, here you’ll ﬁnd sheltered and secluded spots. For surfers Hot Water Beach has good beach breaks in moderate easterly swells, however the presence of strong undertows means this beach is often dangerous for swimming, so always obey the life guards ﬂags and swim beetween them. The town offers a local dairy, cafe and an art gallery.
Distance from us: 15 minutes drive
The Mercury Bay area has so much to offer visitors year round.
Flaxmill Bays convenient location means there's always something to do.
Things to do
Ferry to Whitianga Township
A 1.5 km walk or drive from Flaxmill Cove B&B takes you to the Ferry Landing Wharf. The stone wharf was built in 1837 and is reputed to be the ﬁrst stone wharf built in Australasia. Take a quick pedestrian ferry trip across to Whitianga (tickets purchased on ferry by CASH ONLY).
Once there, explore the Buffalo beach, the main frontage to Whitianga walkway. Relax in the many cafes and restaurants on offer, or explore the Mercury Bay Mueseum opposite the Ferry Wharf (a great historical introduction to the area).
Explore with a boat trip
From Whitianga, consider taking a cruise around the Mercury Bay area. There area number of operators you may like to consider:
Glass Bottom Boat Whitianga | P. 07 867 1962 | E. firstname.lastname@example.org
Cave Cruzer Adventures | P. 027 442 7893 | E. email@example.com
Island Explorer Charters | P. 027 483 0893 | E. firstname.lastname@example.org
Ocean Leopard Tours | P 027 226 6480 | E. email@example.com
Water Edge Charters | P. 07 866 5760 | E. firstname.lastname@example.org
Have a round of golf
Mercury Bay Golf Course - located only 5 minutes from Whitianga and Open 7 days a week, the 18 hole course is a challenging par 71 layout. The course is set in a beautiful park-like setting, with an abundance of native trees and birds. It’s an easy walking course for all ages and abilities, however power carts are available.
12 Golf Road, Whitianga | P. 07 866 54799
The Purangi club offers a challenging nine-hole genuine country styled golf course situated at the base of attractive rolling farmland.
6 Hepburn Road (off Purangi Road), Whianga | P. 07 866 3844 3844
Indulge in local eateries
If you’re staying with us, there is an array of cuisine on offer in the local area. See below for some of our favourites:
Eggcentric Cafe & Restaurant
Experience the taste and feel of the Coromandel. Great food (use organic and local produce), firendly staff, live music and more. Only a short walk from Flaxmill. Licensed and BYOW.
www.eggcentriccafe.co.nz | P. 07 866 0307
The Pour House
Brewers of craft beer (made on site), also offer simple but delicious food; pizza, fish & chips etc, all made with local produce.
www.coromadelbrewingcompany.co.nz | P. 07 866 5855
Mercury Bay EstateDelicious lunch platters of local food, and of course wine tasting. Cellar door is open during the summer. See website for opening hours.
www.mercurybayestate.co.nz | P. 07 866 4066
Salt Restaurant & Bar
Enjoy relaxed, casual dining at Salt Restaurant, situated right on the water, over the Whitianga Marina. Views are superbly complemented by the extensive cuisine
www.salt-whitianga.co.nz | P. 07 866 5818
Go Vino Restaurant
Quality innovative dining at Cooks Beach. Tapas style and wood ﬁred pizzas.
www.govino.co.nz | P.07 867 1215
The Frying Scotsman
Fish and chips, juicy burgers, pizza, ice-cream (in a cone), milkshakes and more. Fresh ﬁsh when available.
P. 07 866 2475
There is also a local dairy at Ferry Landing where you can find home made ice creams, take away coffee, organic food, and other supplies.
Walk some breathtaking tracks
Siamese Kauri – Located within the Waiau Kauri grove, can be found 8 km up the 309 Road from Coromandel.
Coromandel Discovery – A full day tour from Coromandel town to the magniﬁcent northern Coromandel, a 10km (3-4hr) walk.
Also an alternave 3km walk at Port Jackson for those who want a shorter walk.
Maramaratotara Bay – Back Bay – Ferry Landing – Connect to walk from Purangi Road, Flaxmill Bay, a sign post indicates walk.
Good level of ﬁtness required 2.5km, allow 1.5hrs for the loop.
Shakespear lookout – Lonely Bay
Medium ﬁtness, some steep areas, 3km allow, 1hr for return trip.
Cathedral Cove – Gemstone and Stingrays BayReasonable ﬁtness required, follow path and signs, 2.5km return, allow 1.5hrs.
Hot Water Beach Circuit Walkway – Starts opposite campground entrance. Follow path that runs below the headland along the stream through groves of Nikau trees, and through to sand dunes and beach.
Medium ﬁtness required, 2km loop, allow 1hr.