The Mercury Bay area has so much to offer visitors in both Summer and Winter. Flaxmill's convenient location means you are never far from the action, yet also get to enjoy the peace and tranquility that some of the busier accommodation spots in the area cannot offer. Credit to Dmitri Kotelevski for the photography in the top banner.
We've listed some of our favourite activities below - From family fun on the fabulous nearby Coromandel beaches of Lonely Bay and Cooks Beach, through to sitting in your own "spa pool in the sand" at the popular Hot Water Beach.
Ferry to Whitianga Township
A 1.5 km walk/drive from Flaxmill takes you to Ferry Landing wharf. Take the passenger ferry (buy tickets on board) across to Whitianga for great shops, cafes, restaurants and even a movie theatre. For ferry fares and timetable see www.whitiangaferry.co.nz
Dig a hot pool at Hot Water Beach
About a 15 min drive from Flaxmill is Hot Water Beach. Not recommended as a swimming beach but for 1-2 hrs either side of low tide you can dig a hole in the sand and make your own thermal spa pool. Read More >>
Local Swimming Beaches
Flaxmill Bay beach offers a great swimming spot just across the road. Children can potter in the estuary, rock pools and Shakespeare Cliff offers great shelter. Front Beach and popular Cooks Beach are only a short walk away and Hahei Beach is about a 10km drive. Read More >>
Cathedral Cove Coastal Walkway
Only a 10 min drive from Flaxmill at Hahei is the start of a magnificent coastal walkway through to the famous Cathedral Cove. It takes about 1hr return. Wear sturdy shoes, take water and don't be afraid of a few steps. It's well worth it! Read More >>
Places to eat
Eggsentric Café is located a couple of minutes walk from Flaxmill and offers a great menu and sometimes live music. Closed May - October. Also nearby is Go Vino Bar and Restaurant at Cooks Beach. See our Dining Guide for more.
If you do need a break from the beach, there are many things to do in the region for kids of all ages. See some of our Holiday Fun ideas for families - from nearby activities to day trips.
On a rainy day
Catch a ferry over to Whitianga to the cinema and watch a movie in the Twin Cinemas (see what's on here). Or, if you want a bit of pampering, visit The Lost Spring thermal pools and day spa (supervised children over 14yrs welcome).
Hiking & Walking
Walk from Flaxmill up to the stunning views of Shakespeare Cliff and then down to the beautiful Lonely Bay. If you're feeling energetic, continue on to Cooks Beach. For something more challenging, Front Bay to Back Beach is a good workout. Read More >>
Need to stock up?
Certain grocery items are available at the Cooks Beach General Store. If you need a bigger range or a full stock up, there is a New World and a Countdown Supermarket located in Whitianga. Either drive around (40 mins) or take the passenger ferry at Ferry Landing and walk to the shops (approx. 15 mins).
To market...to market...
Visit the Coroglen Farmer's Market (SH 25 at the Coroglen Hall) for fresh produce, homemade goodies, arts and crafts and more. Open every Sunday from late October through the Summer months. See their Facebook page for more info.
Purangi Golf Club
If you fancy a round of golf, the Purangi Golf Course is only about a 5km drive from Flaxmill Bay. An undulating and well maintained 9 hole course. See their website for more info!
Fishing, Snorkelling, Kayaking....
Stuck for something to do? The Mercury Bay area offers great fishing and diving spots, adventure tours and much more. For more info on activities available visit www.whitianga.co.nz/activities.html
Mercury Bay Art Escape (March)
If you enjoy art and sculpture, join the Mercury Bay Art Escape, held over the first 2 weekends of March each year. This is a self-drive, open studio tour of participating local artists. Read More >>
The Scallop Festival (September)
The Whitianga Scallop Festival is a popular annual event for foodies. Held in September, the festival is a celebration of the start of the scallop season. Flaxmill is a perfect base to stay while you enjoy the event. Read More >>
Pohutukawa Festival (November)
An annual event that runs from late November to Christmas to coincide with the flowering of NZ's native Christmas Tree, the Pohutukawa. The event includes music festivals, wine trails, markets, family fun days and more. www.pohutukawafestival.co.nz
Cooks Beach Summer Gala (January)
Held on 4th January at the Central Reserve, the Cooks Beach Summer Gala is a fundraiser for the local primary school, Whenuakite School. Over 100 stalls, paintball, face-painting, music and great food stalls. For more info go to www.cooksbeachsummergala.co.nz
Concert In The Vines (January)
Enjoy food, wine and music at the Concert In The Vines held in January at the Mercury Bay Estate & Lonely Bay Vineyard at Cooks Beach. Funds raised from this event go towards supporting the Coromandel Rescue Helicopter Trust.
Leadfoot Festival (February)
A weekend of classic cars, vintage motorcycles and motorsport legends! The Leadfoot Festival is usually run over a weekend close to Waitangi Day in early February each year at the Leadfoot Ranch near Hahei. Read more >>