Whitianga Rock Walk

Whitianga Rock Walk

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Marios Gavalas

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800 m return | 20 minutes return

Whitianga pa was situated atop this 24 metre-high rock that guarded the entrance to Whitianga Estuary.


From the Ferry Landing Wharf, cross the carpark. Follow the gravel track that starts from the beach.


After the wooden steps, the well-maintained path climbs up the rock over grass. Steps are cut into the rock on steeper sections.

Polynesian History

Whitianga pa was situated atop this 24 metre-high rock that guarded the entrance to Whitianga Estuary. This easily defendable fortified settlement was populated by Ngati Hei, the tangata whenua of the area. The ditch near the information board was excavated to provide protection from attack. Postholes in the rock, which once supported a wooden platform, are still in evidence. Beside the track are middens (shell heaps), the remains of the abundant food source that the Maori fed on.

European History

Captain Cook was treated to a meal here in 1769 when he visited Mercury Bay.


Feature Value Info


North IslandCoromandelWhitianga


  • Walking
  • Free


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Thanks to all the good people working for the NZ Department of Conservation - for all your hard work - making NZ more beautiful, accessable and healthy! Cheers 😍

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