Whangamata Beach is one of New Zealand's most famous surf breaks, particularly the Whangamata Bar. The left hand break attracts surfers from around the world.
At either end of Whangamata Beach are estuaries that are great for exploring by kayak or SUP (stand up paddle boards). Surf boards, SUP boards and kayaks can all be hired in town.
The beach is also a great spot to relax due to its proximity to town. It is also great for walking and running along the 6km beach. Care must be taken in the dunes and fenced off areas to protect the endangered Dotterel bird species.
SURFING WHANGAMATA: The beach break is good for surfers of all levels. The bar is reserved for experts, remember to respect the locals in return for your share of the good times.
SAFETY: Whangamata Beach is patrolled by Surf Life Saving NZ in the summer. Remember to always swim between the flags.