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What's there to do in and around Waihi Beach?

Prefer to have a list of some of the things to do in and around Waihi Beach? Take a look at a list we made up using our local knowledge.


Do the ‘windows walk’ or one of the many others in the Karangahake Gorge - go on a gorge walk, & see the history of the early gold mining days in the Karangahake gorge

Walk to Orakawa Bay – have a swim, take a picnic lunch

Walk from Homunga back to Waihi Beach – approx 2 3/4hour walk along the coast line

Walk around the headland at Bowentown to Shelley Bay for a picnic

Walk the beach - 9kms of sand


Cycle the Hauraki Rail Trail taking in Paeroa, Thames, Te Aroha and Waihi

Take a Harley bike ride and see the Coromandel with Bularangi Tours, half or full day

Borrow the bicycles for a leisurely ride around Waihi Beach.

Book a dinner kayaking trip through glow worm caves with Waimarino

Eating Out

Lunch at one of the wineries in the area:Ohinemuri winery; Morten Estate winery or Mills Reef winery & restaurant.

Have a coffee and cake in one of the local cafes.

Get a wood fired pizza on Beach Rd - north end of the beach

Buy fish n chips from the Wilson Rd fish shop or the Island View fish shop and eat them on the beach

Check out Ship Shape for a quiet coffee

Have lunch at the only café on the beach – Flat white cafe

Have dinner at the award winning The Porch Kitchen & bar

Book a dinner kayaking trip through glow worm caves with Waimarino

Have dinner or lunch at Waitete Orchard restaurant in Waihi

Drop into the Sparkling Waters restaurant at the Bowentown Boating & Sports Fishing Club for dinner

Go torpedo fishing with Greg & Ali and mix with a few of the locals – tie it in with fish n chips for dinner on the beach along with a glass or two of NZ wine or beer

Stop off at the Bistro in the Karangahake gorge for wood fired Pizzas and excellent a la carte offerings.

Take in the Waihi Beach RSA for dinner and enjoy the views

Leisure Activities

Take a Martha Mine Tour – approx $2,000,000 worth of gold & silver is taken out of this mine every week.(tour lasts approx 2 hours)

Watch the sunrise behind Mayor Island from down on the Beach

Deep sea fishing & snorkeling at Mayor Island

Visit the Martha Goldmine in Waihi

Enjoy a picnic at Anzac Bay

Play 18 holes of golf at one of the many local golf courses. (4 within ½ hour drive and at very reasonable prices – club, trundler & kart hire also available)

Soak in the Athenree mineral hot pools

Visit Bullswool farm and see the exotic animals

Catch a train ride from Waihi to the Waikino station & back

Gather Tuatua’s on Waihi Beach and open them on the bar b que

Visit the Art Market in Waihi to see local art at very good prices

Visit Athenree Homestead and see the history of original settlers in the area

Visit the Waihi Museum and check out the local history of Waihi

Enjoy a great ice cream in a cone from the Island View Dairy

Visit the look out & Pa site at Bowentown and look over to Matakana Island –110,000 hectares of pine forest stretching from Bowentown to Tauranga.

Collect mussels off the rocks at the northern end of the beach

Try some retail therapy for the ladies at Molly’s fashion store

Relax on the 9ks of white sandy beach

Watch the moon come up after sunset behind Mayor Island

Play 18 holes of mini golf in the village

Try your luck with trout fishing in the Ohinemuri river - guides available from Bularangi

Visit the Pump house in Waihi – an historic Cornish pump house

Enjoy surf casting off the rocks at Bowentown and bring back you catch to smoke in the smoker

Take a look at the avocado trees and Kiwi fruit vines close by – ask Greg & Ali for directions

Go to the ice creamery at Waitete Orchard Restaurant in Waihi for locally made ice cream

Collect many of the different shells on Waihi Beach – be careful to ensure the shells are empty if you want to take them home

Visit Waihi Water Lily gardens

Have a beer in the Waikino pub and catch up on the early history of the gold mining area.

Have some fun body surfing (or borrow the boogie boards) on the beach

Visit the lavender farm at Katikati

Check out Athenree homestead– an historic house dating back to the early 1800’s

Catch the thrill of tandem sky diving in Mt Maunganui

Take your bathers to the thermal pools in Te Aroha for a swim