The location is in the heart Whitianga Mercury Bay on the east coast of the Coromandel Peninsula, one of the most popular tourist destinations of New Zealand's North Island 208 km east of the city of Auckland. With 3768 inhabitants (2006 census) Whitianga one of the larger settlements in the Thames-Coromandel District in (Region Waikato). The area around Whitianga has been visited over 1,000 years ago by the Maori. Around the year 950 AD, finally, the first settlement was built by a tribe of Maori explorer Kupe, the name "Te Whitianga a Kupe" (German about: Crossing place of Kupe)... Even today, a ferry makes a 45-minute detour superfluous. Other tribes in turn named the bay where they settled after their leader, such as "Te Whanganui A Hei" (German: The large bay of the "Hei"). When James Cook reached the bay in 1769, it was renamed its present name, "Mercury Bay". From 1836, the first Europeans began to settle here. For decades Whitianga was as a port for the export of timber in many countries, for example, used to Norway, France or Italy. At the time, the place served as a center for the processing of flax and timber from Kauri trees, boat building, mining and the production of rubber. Today Whitianga is a thriving town with many offers for water and fishing enthusiasts.