Whitianga Rock or the Lion Rock as it is known lies on a tiny island just off the coast of Whitianga. The rock and the surrounding area are simply gorgeous. The place has a very beautiful green cover and the blue water stands in sharp contrast.
But it isn’t just the beauty of the place that is intriguing. The Lion rock was once a part of an ancient Maori Settlement known as a Pa. Explorers were overwhelmed by its brilliant design and value when they first saw it. Although only vestiges of it remain, its former glory is intact.
As a result of this, the Whitianga rock is not just a place of great beauty but also has tremendous, cultural, historic and architectural importance as well, making it a very important place to visit while in the town of Whitianga.
Whitianga Rock Travel Tips
- You can see the vestiges of the pa from the shore or hire a boat to go around the island.
How to Reach Whitianga Rock
- Ferry Terminal in Mercury Bay
- There aren’t any restaurants in the vicinity so do back a lunch when you go.
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89.23% of people who visit Whitianga include Whitianga Rock in their plan
3 PM - 4 PM
43.37% of people start their Whitianga Rock visit around 3 PM - 4 PM
People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Whitianga Rock
68.66% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Whitianga Rock