Location and Lifestyle
Whangamata is located on the south eastern coast of the Coromandel Peninsula on SH25. The practice area extends from Tairua/Pauanui to the north through Opoutere, Onemana and Whangamata, to Whiritoa in the south. Whangamata is bounded by a renowned surf beach to the east and production pine forest and native bush to the west. The permanent population of around 4500 comprised of retirees and families swells to around 60,000 over the summer Christmas New Year period, when absentee owners and holiday makers flood the town. Water sports (surfing, fishing, boating etc) are a considerable attraction to town as well as tramping, bush walking and annual events such as the Beachhop Rock n Roll and classic car Festival, fishing tournaments, jazz festival and road (marathon / biking) events. A new boating Marina and recreational and sports clubs cater for most preferences.
Whangamata enjoys a relaxed lifestyle. See www.whangamatainfo.co.nz
Local schooling: Whangamata Area School, Opoutere Primary School, Whangamata Kindergarten and two private pre-school facilities, Waihi College (30 minutes away)
Churches: All mainstream denominations
Emergency services: Voluntary St John Ambulance; voluntary Fire Service
Shopping consists of: New World Supermarket, Bunnings Warehouse, boutique and specialty shops, cafes & restaurants
Banking facilities: Kiwibank and BNZ banks. Westpac, ASB & ANZ ATM facilities
Petrol/service station facilities: Z Service Station
Dental services: 2 x dental practices
Swimming facilities: Community swimming pool – solar heated, outdoor pool.
Sports clubs: Rugby, Tennis, Squash, Netball, Surf Club, Ocean Sports club, Croquet & Bowls, Golf, Bridge, Mahjong, Tramping
Cultural clubs: Craft clubs, Lions, community Library, Dramatic society, Dancing
Golf courses: 1 x 18 hole course and 1 x 9 hole course within 2kms of town
Recreational activities include: Surfing, fishing, boating, tramping, kayaking, walking, swimming. Sports and cultural clubs as above.
Climate – summer/winter Temperatures: Temperate.
Summer: 18 – 29 degrees
Winter: 5 – 18 degrees
Population: Approx. 5000 permanent residents; average year round population 7000 accounting for holiday homes, swelling to ±70,000 over Christmas holiday period.
Socio-economic mix: Broad range. Older population, beneficiaries but also higher socio-economic residents and visitors
Nearest cities: Tauranga (1.25 hrs), Hamilton (2 hrs), Auckland (2 hrs)
Population of surrounding district: Coromandel Peninsula 26,000±
Local Hospital Information
The local hospital is: Thames Hospital (1 hr / 125 km)
Describe structure of hospital (e.g. House Officers, MOSS etc): No registrars or house officers. MOSS at A & E. Resident general surgeons and physicians. Visiting specialists.
Hospital facilities (i.e. obstetrics, A & E, surgery): Obstetrics, paediatrics, neurosurgery at Waikato. General medicine / surgery at Thames.
Base Hospital Information
The base hospital is: Waikato (2 hrs / 250km)
Ambulance proximity: St John station across road from Practice
Ambulance/paramedic services: Local ambulance at most times. One paramedic. Helicopter if required.