At the southern end of Opoutere Beach lies the winding entrance to the Wharekawa Harbour which is protected by a spectacular sandspit. The spit is a breeding ground for several endangered species of native sea birds including the New Zealand Dotterel
There are numerous bush, beach and harbour walks. Opoutere Beach is famous for it’s isolated golden sands and crystal clear waters. Excellent for surfing waves with limited crowds and also boating accessible from the Wharekawa Harbour itself.
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.
Whangamata is also home to one of New Zealand’s most beautiful coastal attractions, Whenuakura (commonly referred to as Donut Island). For a long time Whenuakura was a local secret. This has changed in recent years as this pacific treasure is quickly becoming a ‘must do’ New Zealand adventure. Guardians of the islands and Whangamata locals encourage you to treat the islands with respect to preserve their future.
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.