Where is Flaxmill Bay? Flaxmill Bay is a small sheltered bay situated between Cooks Beach and Ferry Landing on the east coast of the Coromandel Peninsula. The general area is a very popular holiday spot due to its proximity to Auckland and Hamilton (around a 2.5 hr drive), the untouched beaches, great fishing and boating spots and beautiful scenery.
Whereas Cooks Beach is a well known destination, Flaxmill Bay is somewhat undiscovered, making it a more relaxing place to stay over the busy summer months, but still close to the passenger ferry to Whitianga and all the local highlights.
Flaxmill Accommodation is located at the start of the bay, adjacent to the stunning Flaxmill Bay beach.
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Also known as Maramaratotara Bay, Flaxmill Bay got its English name from one of the early industries in the area, Flax Milling. Popular from the 1860s onwards, the processed flax was used primarily for making rope for both the internal market and export market to Britain.
The Mercury Bay area is the birthplace of many early NZ industries and has a very significant place in NZ's historical timeline. The Bay itself was named by Captain James Cook during his voyage on the HMS Endeavour in 1769 in which he observed the transit of Mercury and in doing so, established an accurate longitude for New Zealand. More Local History >>
peaceful and convenient...
- Adjacent to the beautiful Flaxmill Bay beach and Shakespeare Cliff Reserve
- Set in 5.5 acres of parkland, native planting and mature trees
- 1.5 km walk/drive to Ferry Landing and the 5 min passenger ferry ride to Whitianga
- 10 min walk to the popular Cooks Beach
- 10 min drive to Hahei and the start of the Cathedral Cove walkway
- 15 min drive to Hot Water Beach
- Many beautiful bush walks in the surrounding area
- A convenient base for popular regional events e.g. Whitianga Scallop Festival, the Leadfoot Festival and the Mercury Bay Art Escape
- Cafe/Restaurants nearby - View Our Dining Guide
- Takeaways, Wine Shop and General Store at Cooks Beach
- Organic food stores at Eggcentric and at Ferry Landing
- Two full supermarkets at Whitianga - New World and Countdown