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Catch an InterCity® bus Auckland to Whitianga on the Coromandel Peninsula with fares starting from just $1 (+ booking fee).
The Auckland to Whitianga bus departs daily from the InterCity bus stop at Sky City, 102 Hobson Street, Auckland Central and arrives at the Whitianga Information Centre, at 66 Albert Street after transferring in Thames. Your journey will take approximately four hours.
Use the fare finder to search for a bus Auckland to Whitianga with New Zealand's national bus network.
Whitianga is a coastal town located on Mercury Bay on the Coromandel Peninsula. It's a popular holiday destination for many New Zealanders and international visitors and as it's the second largest town on Coromandel after Thames, there's plenty to do here to keep you occupied.
Whitianga and Mercury Bay are steeped in rich Maori and European history. Maori have lived in Whitianga since it was first discovered in 950 AD and there are many culturally significant sites where visitors can learn more about the tribe who settled here. Fast forward to 1769, Captain Cook spotted the beautiful white sandy beach just south of Mercury Bay. It's now know as Cooks Beach and boasts some of New Zealand's oldest history.
Whitianga is well known for beautiful beaches and lots of water activities. A particularly enjoyable activity is boating from Whitianga to Cathedral Cove. Famous for its stunning natural beauty, Cathedral Cove is a huge arch-shaped rock formation north of Hahei Beach. It's a famous spot having been featured in the second Narnia film.
Located in the heart of Whitianga, The Lost Spring is the perfect place to relax and unwind. This adult only relaxation centre has a day spa, thermal pools and fine cuisine, who can say no to spending a day here!
The town's art gallery, Bread and Butter Gallery, is where you'll find a collection of contemporary New Zealand fine art, gifts and handmade souvenirs, all made by local artists.
If you'd like to learn more about the history of Whitianga, the best way to do this is to get walking. The Whitianga Town Walk showcases significant spots around town and provides walkers with informative heritage signs along the way.
From Whitianga you can take the ferry to other Coromandel towns like Cooks Beach and Hahei. The annual Whitianga Scallop Festival is held in September and draws many visitors to enjoy local Coromandel seafood, wines and other delicacies.
InterCity makes it easy to bus Auckland to Whitianga. Escape the hustle and bustle of Auckland City and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of this coastal town. You'll probably learn a lot about the history of New Zealand in the process!
To make it even easier, the FlexiPass bus pass offers cheap and flexible travel within a set budget. You can manage your travel online and use it to travel all over New Zealand.