Mercury Bay
Mercury Bay
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Paul Legate
United Kingdom21,909 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2018 • Couples
Whilst we were driving through Coromandel Peninsula on our most recent visit we stopped off near Whitianga and we have been to nearby Cathderal Cove and Hahei in the past. The bay was named by Captain James Cook during his exploratory expeditions. The Māori named it Te-Whanganui-o-Hei, the great bay of Hei. It is an incredibly scenic area and worth visiting whilst in the Coromandel Peninsula.
Written March 4, 2018
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AndyLandry
Sydney, Australia119 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2014 • Couples
From the long arc of Opito Bay, if you are lucky enough to have, rent or share a 'bach', kiwi for holiday house, you see Great Mercury Island & Mercury Bay spread out before you.

The area is historically interesting, as Captain Cook assisted his astronomer Charles Green’s observation of the transit of Mercury at Te Whanganui-o-Hei (Mercury Bay) on Coromandel Peninsula. As the inner planets, Mercury and Venus, occasionally pass across the Sun and can be observed as small black dots. Timing these ‘transits’ from different locations was the first accurate method of determining the distance of the Earth from the Sun.

Captain James Cook and his expedition had recently been in Tahiti to observe the transit of Venus, and were now on a mission to search for the rumoured ‘Great Southern Continent’. When stormy seas caused damage to the Endeavour, Cook turned his course towards the land discovered by Dutch seafarer Abel Tasman in 1642. On 6 October 1769, cabin boy Nicholas Young spotted hills behind the east coast of the North Island. Of course, Cook did get to that great south land, Australia, and the rest is history, as they say. And I am an Australian, married to a Kiwi and we are lucky enough to have a bach here to holiday in.

Over the next few months Cook mapped the entire coastline, providing the first-ever ‘outline’ of New Zealand – and establishing that it was not the Great Southern Continent. His charts were so accurate that some were still being used in the 20th century.

During this time Cook and his expedition members had many encounters with Māori, whom Cook described as ‘a brave, war-like people, with sentiments void of treachery’. The Endeavour’s occupants were at first taken for atua (supernatural beings), ancestors, or living visitors from the ancestral land of Hawaiki. Contact was sometimes friendly, but at other times conflict broke out and several Māori were killed by members of the expedition.

Much of Cook’s surveying was done from offshore, but as 9 November approached he sought solid ground from which to observe the transit of Mercury. A cairn on what is now known as Cook’s Beach marks the spot. The observation was made using the cutting-edge technology of the time, a sextant (invented in 1757).

The next transit of Mercury that will be fully visible from New Zealand will occur in 2052. And if you are younger than us, you might just see it in New Zealand's Mercury Bay!
Written December 30, 2014
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kiwihilz
Omokoroa Beach, New Zealand101 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2013 • Family
Mercury Bay has some deservedly world renown beaches such as Hot Water Beach and Cathedral Cove, but there's another stunning beach that not even many NZers know about. Head north from Whitianga about 20 mins, or east from Coromandel town about 30 mins and you'll get to the turn off to Matarangi - a holiday settlement spread along a sand spit between the Whangapoua Harbour and the sparkling Pacific Ocean. You have a harbour beach for swimming, fishing, jet skiing etc as well as 4km of wide, white sand beach which is also very safe for swimming but also good for surfing when conditions are right. This is a perfect family beach - plenty of room for beach games, a park with toilets and a playground for picnics - and it's usually VERY quiet, except for about 3 weeks after Xmas when the clever people in the know pour in for their holidays. Over this time there are beach events such as fishing competitions, sand castle building etc. All year round the cafe, general store and golf course are open - if you're into golf look up The Dunes, Matarangi - there's also a lovely restaurant there which is a great venue for weddings etc.
Written September 3, 2013
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Brad
Hong Kong, China172,963 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2014 • Couples
Buffalo Beach is the main beach at Whitianga. We found this to be a very pleasant place spend time during our recent visit. It is a nice beach for walking, swimming during warmer months and for watching the boats sailing into and out of Mercury Bay.

Interestingly, Buffalo Beach takes it name from the HMS Buffalo, a vessel that was shipwrecked here during a storm in 1840. The beach runs the length of the town of Whitianga, making it easy to visit. There are plenty of accommodations, restaurants and a marina within short walking distance to the beach.

In addition to being another of Coromandel's attractive beaches, what we really liked about Buffalo Beach was the presence of thousands of perfect condition seashells as well as mussels and clams that you can pick in the morning as well. That made for a memorable experience, something that we felt would be enjoyed by pretty much anyone who visited Buffalo Beach.

In the end, Buffalo Beach was one of our favourites beaches visited during our recent trip to North Island. We would happily return here in the future to spend more time in the pleasant community of Whitianga and to enjoy more time at Buffalo Beach.
Written January 12, 2015
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Scott M
Sydney, Australia99 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2013 • Solo
There is so much to see and do in the region the two days I allocated was not long enough!

Take the 40 minute walk to Cathedral Cove - it is worth every step...!!!

Even with passing showers the scenery changed constantly.
Written June 16, 2013
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Molzmum
Auckland Central, New Zealand311 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Friends
Great low tidal beach , nice walking track and nice and clean and tidy. Lovely outlook along the coast,
Written March 7, 2018
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NateM
Rotorua, New Zealand418 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2017 • Couples
The bay is lined with beautiful, clean and soft sand beaches. The ocean is clean and warm (we visited in March), but be careful of the strong current and rips.
Written March 25, 2017
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Go727864
Waikato Region, New Zealand179 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2015 • Friends
Beaches in and around Mercury Bay are still pristine and unspoiled, especially on the Islands in The Mercury Islands.
Written February 3, 2015
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Brad
Hong Kong, China172,963 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2014 • Couples
Mercury Bay is a lovely area to visit in northeast Coromandel. We very much enjoyed spending time here during our recent trip. It is a relaxed and beautiful seaside destination with plenty of activity options for visitors.

There are long, sandy beaches, some loaded with good condition seashells. You can find boating, fishing and other ocean based activity like the nearby Hot Water (springs) beach. You can also see the famous Cathedral Cave at Hahei.

There is a quiet little community of Whitianga at Mercury Bay that makes a great place to use as a base to explore and enjoy the area. At Whitianga, you can find plenty of accommodation and dining options within walkable area to the town centre, the beach, marina and the beach.

It is also worth stopping at the i-SITE in Whitianga to pick up information on local activities and attractions. You can also make bookings here.
Written October 11, 2014
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Paul N
Dublin, Ireland338 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
A trip to mercury bay will be well rewarded. Stunning views awaits you along with local towns lovely hot water beach down the road. If you're traveling around the north island make sure you add this to your list
Written March 11, 2014
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