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Day Trips

Waihi Beach up the Coromandel Peninsula

Visit the beautiful beaches and seaside towns of Whangamata, Opoutere, Onemana, Tairua, Cathedral Cove, Hot Water Beach, Cooks Beach and Whitianga.

Remember with Hot Water Beach you need to be there 2 hours either side of low tide to get the hotwater experience - check with Greg & Ali for tide times and map.

Drive time: Waihi Beach to Whitianga direct is 2 1/2 hours.

Waihi Beach to Rotorua

Geothermal and Maori history are in abundance as well as other natural wonders.

Check out Waimangu volcanic valley and Waiotapu geothermal wonderland - Greg & Ali have brochures on both.


Drive time: Waihi Beach to Rotorua 1 1/2 hours - Ask Greg & Ali for directions.

Waihi Beach to Waitomo

Visit the Kiwi House in Otorohanga and see the Kiwis being fed and other native New Zealand birds in their natural habitat.


Take a Glow worm cave tour with Spellbound - 2 caves in 3 1/4 hours


Drive time: Waihi Beach to Waitomo 2 hours - Ask Greg & Ali for directions.

Waihi Beach to Hobbiton

The Hobbiton Movie Set and Farm Tour is an essential stop on the itinerary of all visitors travelling through New Zealand, offering an interesting and entertaining experience incorporating the famous film set and a special insight into rural life.

Your guide will escort you through the ten acre site recounting fascinating details of how the Hobbiton set was created.

Image boards are strategically placed at key locations which allow you to see how this beautiful piece of Waikato farmland was transformed into The Shire from Middle-earth.

Departures from Matamata Information Centre, 45 Broadway, Matamata.


Drive time: Waihi Beach to Matamata 1 hour - Ask Greg & Ali for directions.

Waihi Beach to White Island via Whakatane

White Island is one of the most fascinating and accessible volcanoes on earth, carrying with it an A grade level of scientific importance. As New Zealand’s only live marine volcano, scientists and volcanologists worldwide are attracted by its unique features

White Island Tours offers you the incredible experience of exploring the inner crater of New Zealand’s only active marine volcano – White Island! Located 49km off the coast of Whakatane, New Zealand, White Island Tours offers its visitors a 6 hour adventure to this fascinating island volcano.

Tours - Check-in is at White Island Rendezvous, 15 The Strand East, Whakatane.

Departure is 9.15 am but can vary depending on demand and weather.


Waihi Beach to Whakatane 2 hours - Ask Greg & Ali for directions.

Day tours to the Karangahake Gorge

NZDML has recently gained Qualmark certification of their walking tours These quality tours also have one of the few Department of Conservation concessions that allow them to run guided tours into the Gorge. These walks are rich in innovative gold mining history and the torrid sequence of land occupation between the Maori and European. These events brought about the mining era after the boom had dried up in the south island.The day includes:

  • Door to door pick up and return
  • Exploring the dramatic Karangahake Gorge, the miners tunnels and negotiate swing bridges
  • Discovering gold mining history of the late 1800's early 1900's in the Karangahake
  • Information on the fauna and surrounding bush
  • The track is called the Windows Walk due to the tunnels being opened up into windows to allow natural light.
  • Lunch at a cafe in the Karangahake Gorge
  • Visit to the Martha gold mine in Waihi

Check out images of the Karangahake Gorge

The Karangahake Gorge is only approx half an hours drive from Waihi Beach