Ferry Landing Lodge

Free Activities @ Ferry Landing Lodge

Kayaking is FUN
Launch the kayak from the end of the driveway. Overhanging rocks in Back Bay, Whitianga NZ

Launch the kayak from the water's edge at Ferry landing Beach. Explore historic Back Bay, some awesome caves and you just might see stingrays who frequent the Bay to feed.
Mountain bikes to explore Whitianga town.

The mountain bikes can be put on the small 'passenger only' ferryboat and taken to Whitianga where the roads are flatter!  Check Availability and Book Now

Hikes for all ages, fitness levels, on the doorstep.

Beautiful walks within the Whitianga/Mercury Bay area. Nearest to the Lodge is the Maramaratotara track, 40 minute round trip, past historic Back Bay, over the hill through native bush, to Front Beach. Spectacular from the top of Whitianga Rock over Whitianga township, Buffalo Beach & the tree studded Coromandel Ranges. Whitianga Rock, Scenic and historic reserve at Ferry Landing, Whitianga, Coromandel, NZ Amazing views at the top of Whitianga Roack 
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Family holidays @ Ferry Landing Lodge

"We had a great time fishing off the wharf.
Children catching fish off Ferry Landing Historic Wharf.
I LOVE fishing, wish we could have stayed longer." 

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Hot water beach, 12 min drive from Ferry Landing Lodge

Soaking in hot thermal springs at Hot water beach during low tide is a popular activity. You can only reach the hot water at low tide. We'll provide the spades so you can dig your own spa at Hot Water Beach. Best time is 1 hour either side of the low tide. The surf is renowned for its strong currents, frequent rips and large waves so visitors are advised to swim with caution, between the flags. Relax in steaming mineral waters at Hot water beach
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Beautiful Front Beach, 5 mins walk from the lodge.

The Coromandel Peninsula is about 3 hours drive from Auckland, Hamilton & Tauranga so plan on staying 2-3 days. So much to do, don't under estimate the Driving times around the Coromandel Peninsula.  Check Availability and Book Now
Beautiful, safe Hahei Beach, Coromandel NZ

Cathedral Cove is 12 minutes drive from Ferry Landing Lodge B&B

Looking through Cathedral Cove Arch to Hoho Rock. The natural rock formation that is Cathedral Cove attracts over 160,000 tourists to the Coromandel Peninsula. Prince Caspian, the movie; opening scenes filmed in 2006. At Cathedral Cove a snorkel trail at Gemstone Bay shows the abundance of fish in the Hahei Marine Reserve.
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Safe swimming beaches

Hahei beach is safe for family holidays

Front Beach, Flaxmill Bay, Lonely Bay, Cooks Beach, Buffalo Beach, ideal swimming beaches, sparkling blue waters, soft white sand. We provide beach towels, chairs, umbrellas, buckets, spades; even a picnic basket with wine glasses for a relaxing day at Hahei beach. Families welcomed at Ferry Landing Lodge bed and breakfast.
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Shakespeare Cliff

Shakespeare Cliff viewed from Front Beach on the Coromandel Peninsula.

A 2 hour walk along road and bush tracks to Shakespeare Cliff which then meanders thorough more native bush, well marked steps take you to the top of the cliffs to enjoy a spectacular panorama of the beautiful Mercury Bay. So named by Captain Cook for it resembled Shakespeare cliffs of Dover, England.  Check Availability and Book Now

Hahei Beach, one of the prettiest, safest beaches in NZ

Pure white sands of Hahei Beach on the Coromandel Peninsula.
Robert Wigmore Snr, 1st settler in HaheiThe original Robert Wigmore Homestead built circa 1870.

Beautiful Hahei Beach where Rob's great grandfather chose to bring his young family from Ireland. His magnificent house built entirely from Kauri timber is still impressive today. When you are driving back from Hahei beach, the house can been seen on the right, behind the white picket fence on the corner of Grange Road and Hahei beach Road. Check Availability and Book Now

Hahei Marine Reserve - An abundance of fish after 20+ years

Stunning rock formations at Cathedral Cove beach

The Te Whanganui a Hei Marine Reserve is a great place for diving, Dive charters and Cathedral Cove Kayaks offer kayak trips in the Hahei Marine Reserve. Check Availability and Book Now

The Lost Spring, Geo-thermal pools, beauty treatments, cafe

The Lost Spring Thermal Wonderland, Whitianga LostSpring1-250h

Visit The Lost Spring, Whitianga’s luxury Thermal Springs & Day Spa on the Coromandel for a unique and indulgent experience. Forget the real world for a day and come relax, rejuvenate and let yourself be pampered at our special paradise, The Lost Springs. No need to take a car. The Lost Spring is 15 mins walk from the Whitianga Wharf so its a pleasant walk from Ferry Landing Lodge B&B. Check Availability and Book Now

Miranda Shorebird Centre, Coromandel Pacific Coast Highway

mirandaShorebirdCentre-213h On route to The Coromandel, be sure to allow enough time to visit the Shorebird Centre and find out what birds are around. Located only an hour from Auckland the Miranda Shorebird Centre is an excellent stop and have a look at some of New Zealand’s amazing birdlife. With nearly half of the population of the endemic Wrybill found at Miranda during part of the year, and with numbers of shorebirds often exceeding 10,000 the Miranda coastline is almost a mandatory stop for any birdwatcher passing by.  Check Availability and Book Now

Bird Watchers Paradise at Ferry Landing Lodge

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Many birds build their nests in our trees, providing an opportunity to watch the babies grow. From eggs to hatchlings, growing bigger, only the strongest survive, started with 3 eggs, then there were 2 birds, then 1! So sad.

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Whitianga Boat Charters, Sailing, Fishing

Whitianga offers many charters for big game fishing. (tuna and marlin)
Whitianga Game Fishing Paradise
Orca's swimming in Whitianga Harbour
'Windborne' Charters, Ocean Leopard Tours' , 'Glass Bottom Boat', all offer day trips. The image of the Glass Bottom Boat show Orcas in Whitianga harbour. Ferry Landing Lodge is in the background. Fishing opportunities in the area Check Availability and Book Now

NZ native Flora and Fauna

Magnificent 600 year old Kauri trees on the 309 Road, Coromandel town.
One of the most successful community led Millennium Projects was Kauri 2000. Native bush is being restored on the Coromandel Peninsula wherever possible. We've planted 1 for each of our grandchildren. This 600 year old kauri is on the 309 Road, Whitianga, The Coromandel Peninsula, New Zealand. Check Availability and Book Now

Golf Courses nearby

A lovely 9 hole golf course at Purangi is 10 km from the lodge. Whitianga, Tairua and Matarangi. offer 18 holes and all have hire clubs. Check Availability and Book Now

Mercury Bay History Museum

Discover the early history of Mercury Bay at Coromandel Regional Museum.
Mercury Bay Museum located across the water on the Esplanade Whitianga. Interesting displays of both Maori & European history including commemoration of Kupe's discovery of New Zealand and Captain Cooks visit in 1769. Established in the old Mercury Bay Dairy Company. Photos of four generations of Rob's family are part of a large collection of photos, of the region's pioneer families.  Check Availability and Book Now

Driving Creek Railway

Barry Brickells Railway, Potteries, Wetlands
One day at Driving Creek Railway & Pottery stopping at the WaterWorks on route.
Barry Brickells narrow gauge Railway, Coromandel Town
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The Water Works, 309 Road, Coromandel

The WaterWorks Fun Park The WaterWorks Fun Park Loads of FUN for all the family. We'll give you towels, you take a change of clothes and have the time of your life! Check Availability and Book Now

Touring Routes and other useful links

Nature at its best! Incredible scenery, beautiful, white, sandy, safe, swimming beaches, the Hauraki Rail Trail , bush walks, native birds, flora and fauna. These are some of the Coromandel Peninsula's biggest attractions. A Region popular with overseas tourists and New Zealanders alike. Many families own holiday homes here. Many young people who have spent childhood summers here, return and get married on the beaches. Locals are friendly and staying in a bed and breakfast can make your stay so much more memorable. Rob and Pam ADD A QUOTE HERE ABOUT ROBS ADVICE. MENTION MARRIAGES HONEYMOONS
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willing to share the history eager to share their knowledge of the area. You won't find a better kiwi welcome anywhere. We can assist you with travel times and based on your particular interests, also point out places along your chosen route. The Coromandel Touring Routes & Suggested Itineraries and The Coromandel Road Trip Helpful links can be found throughout this website.
The Coromandel Region
Whitianga Information Centre
Hahei Information
Tourism New Zealand
Pacific Coast Highway
Department of Conservation

Map of Mercury Bay, Coromandel Peninsula

Whitianga is on one side of Mercury Bay while Hot water beach, Hahei beach, Cathedral Cove and other popular tourist attractions are on the other side. 200 metres of water separates these 2 sides. Easily crossed by passenger ferryboat which runs a continuous service. Its important to know this when making accommodation reservations. The extra distance and cost of running a car to Hot water Beach etc can make a cheaper alternative less attractive. Save a few dollars on accommodation as Whitianga tends to be cheaper than the 'other side'. However when more time and money is spent reaching the places you have come to see, any savings gained are soon lost! Map Of the area. Ferry Landing Lodge offers the best of both sides of Mercury Bay, being just 100 metres from the water's edge at Ferry Landing. Check Availability and Book Now