Located about 2.5 hrs drive from Auckland along the spectacular Pacific Coast Highway and within close proximity of Hamilton, Rotorua and Tauranga, Mercury Bay is one of New Zealand's premier destinations, offering endless opportunities for fishing, boating, surfing and swimming.
The richness of the surrounding agricultural areas and the unique out-door pursuits they provide for makes for a very diverse landscape indeed.
Located on the east coast of the Coromandel Peninsula, Mercury Bay’s main town of Whitianga has attracted visitors for more than a thousand years, since Maori explorer Kupe first settled here around 950A.D. But it was Captain James Cook who gave the area its current name, when he anchored in the bay in 1769 to observe the transit of Mercury.
Now an established tourist resort, the Bay’s spectacular coastline is dotted with islands and its relatively sheltered waters are perfect for all water sports. A wonderful place to live and grow up.
The All About Whitianga website has information about all aspects of Whitianga and the Mercury Bay area.