Issued 28th Jan 2023 and as at 7th Feb 2023 - The Coromandel has experienced a severe weather event, with a state of emergency declared on 3 Feb 2023. As a result, SH25a and the Tapu Coroglen roads have been closed. Some local DOC campsites are also closed. Please take care in and around the region and keep up to date through the following agencies. Driving times and routes can be found here.

Whitianga War Memorial, Soldiers Memorial Park Whitianga

Whitiangas Soldiers Memorial Park, which was vested with the local council in 1942, was developed over a number of years as an important civic space.


A number of memorial objects are located in the park, first among them the World War I and II Memorial obelisk (c.1920).

A cannon from the HMS Buffalo, presented by Captain Albert Duder, is associated with the 1840 sinking which gave Buffalo Beach its name.

An in-ground plaque commemorating the 75th anniversary of the end of World War I was installed in 1993.

The Park is the setting for Mercury Bays ANZAC Day commemorations each year.

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