The Mercury Bay area is a stunning example of ecotourism at its finest. Whitianga is an attractive town with a deep-water harbor that serves as a departure point for big-game fishing enthusiasts. Take the kids on the ferry to Ferry Landing, where passengers disembark at the oldest stone wharf in Australasia. Enjoy wonderful Hot Water Beach, so named because of the hot springs which surface on the sand at low tide. Or hike through Wharekaho Bay and admire pohutakawa, kauri and kowhai trees.
Language: English, Maori
Currency: New Zealand dollar (NZD)