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Local activities we support

These are the additional activities and groups we support in and around Waihi Beach.

Sea Horse Kontikis -

New Zealand’s Seahorse Electric Kontiki is the world’s most popular beach fishing system. Beach longline fishing is an economic and effective way to regularly catch fresh fish. The Seahorse has been designed to power through all conditions taking your line up to 1900 metres offshore. You can fish where and when you want and fishing off the beach is a typically Kiwi thing to do.

Adventure Bay of Plenty -

There are unique outdoor activity packages for small groups seeking to participate in amazing outdoor experiences originating out of the Bay of Plenty.

The Waterworks -

The Waterworks, originally named Waiau Waterworks, was developed by Chris Oglivie on land that once was his father’s farm.Work commenced in 1989 by the Oglivie family, planting gardens from scratch, collecting cuttings from plants that locals had successfully grown over the years.

An old miner’s cottage was brought all the way from Thames for the entrance building. Chris got busy making water powered gadgets and in November 1993 Waiau Waterworks opened to the public. As the gardens matured they provided protection for the naturally growing native foliage and these plants are again prevalent as you walk around the Waterworks.

Day tours in 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

Bularangi Harley Tours -

Baz and Ali Howie purchased the Harley Davidson motorbike business known as Harley Tours New Zealand in July 2008. In recent times it has been re-branded to Bularangi Motorbikes New Zealand.

Why choose Bularangi Motorbikes:They offer a motorbike rental, motorbike hire and motorbike tour operation throughout New Zealand with depots in Auckland, Coromandel, Christchurch and Queenstown.

They offer a large fleet of late model Harley Davidson's to choose from including Ultras, Softails, Roadkings, Dyna, Trike, Buell and Sportster motorbikes.

Kayaking to the glow worm caves with Waimarino -

Relax on the edge of Lake McLaren, watching the swans and ducks go about their evening’s preparations. Let the guides lead you onto calm Lake McLaren at dusk. Gently paddle into the night and discover the magic of the enchanting glow worm canyon.

Swimming with the dolphins with Dolphin Blue -

Dolphin Blue offers dolphin watching tours departing from Tauranga. Spend a day aboard Commander 1 locating and watching dolphin and other marine life.The aim each day is to locate, interact and if possible, swim with dolphins. They also offer other activities en-route - snorkelling, swimming or relaxing onboard.

Waitomo Caves -

Choose from one of the the personalised, exclusive tours to experience the famous glowworms of Waitomo Caves...

The glowworm display is spellbinding and incomparable! Glide gently through this extraordinary cave and experience Waitomo's largest, brightest and most breathtaking glowworm display. Don't miss seeing the cave chosen for the BBC's 'Planet Earth' series, taking its place among exceptional caves of the world.

Kiwi House Otorohanga -

For a truly authentic New Zealand nature experience don't go past the Otorohanga Kiwi House in the heart of the North Island. It's just 15 minutes from the world-famous attractions of Waitomo's glow worm caves, black water rafting and cave eco-tours.

The Kiwi House & Native Bird Park is owned and operated by the Otorohanga Zoological Society Inc. – a non-profit organisation dedicated to the conservation of New Zealand's native wildlife through education, display and breeding programs.

Scenic boat tours Mercury Bay -

The team at Ocean Leopard Tours is dedicated to providing the best possible experience with safety and comfort being the number one priority.

The ‘state of the art’ purpose built tour boat was built with the express requirement to ensure passenger comfort, maximum visibility and weather protection. On the any cruise you can expect 100% pure natural beauty. The cruise visits Lonely Bay and the stunning Shakespeare Cliff, Cooks Beach, Hahei, Hot Water Beach and of course the spectacular Cathedral Cove.

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.