Things To Do In Waihi Beach

Looking for things to do in Waihi Beach? Whether you prefer a more relaxed holiday environment or one full of adventure, there truly is something for everyone. Our area boasts nine kilometres of white sandy coastline, including one of the safest surf beaches in New Zealand.

The list of things to do in Waihi includes walking tracks, fishing, surfing, sightseeing, restaurants & cafes, markets, shopping, cycling, ​events and more! The surrounding region also provides ideal conditions for a range of day trips, bordering the breathtaking Coromandel Peninsula & Bay of Plenty.

If you would like more information on things to do in Waihi Beach and the wider area, talk to our knowledgable staff at Beachaven TOP 10 Holiday Resort. We are a classic kiwi holiday park in the coastal township of Waihi Beach. Situated at the northern end of the Bay of Plenty region, Waihi Beach has attracted holiday makers from all over for many years. One of our top recommendations for visitors to the Waihi area is the picturesque Karangahake Gorge. Located just 20 minutes from our park, there are beautiful river walks and swimming spots set amongst bush clad hills. You'll find plenty more things to do in Waihi below!

Te Karo Bay

Te Karo Bay is otherwise known as Sailors Grave and is an excellent surfing spot in the Coromandel. Featuring both left and right-hander waves, this beach is a popular surfing spot amongst intermediate to advanced level surfers. Stop at Whangamata Beach and Tairua Beach on the way for some great warm-up waves before hitting the harsher surf. With other great surf beaches and scenery on the way, this is well worth the hour and a half drive from Beachaven. 

Bullswool Farm Heritage Park

Bullswool Farm Heritage Park is the perfect heritage destination for families. This farm has six small museums documenting farm-life in New Zealand as well as local history. From museums showcasing preserved and restored sheep sheds and milking sheds to displays all about the region's goldmining history - this place has it all. The working farm is also home to a Native Bird Reserve with a scenic 30-minute walk, playground, and a Farm Park where you can hand-feed llamas, emus and more! 

Only a 30-minute drive from Beachaven Holiday Park, this is a great place to learn about local heritage with the whole family. 

Anzac Bay

Anzac Bay is a great spot to take the whole family. Picturesque, calm water in the harbour with a toilet block and picnic tables makes this a great spot to spend a day. You can fish straight off the rocks or use the boat ramp. This spot can get busy, so is a great option for some night fishing. Additionally, Cave Bay is right around the corner. Accessible from the top carpark, Cave Bay is a steep descent but is usually free of large crowds and families. Only a 12-minute drive away, these are some great spots. 

Kauri Point Wharf

Take a 20-minute drive from Beachaven Holiday Park to Kauri Point wharf for some great fishing. This wharf extends 200 metres out from shore, making it a highly popular fishing spot for tourists and locals alike. Kingfish, Snapper and John Dory are just some of the fish that can be caught in this spot. 

Goldfields Heritage Railway Track

Another shorter track as part of the Hauraki Rail Trail, this 7 kilometre track is a lot of fun for the whole family. Start your journey in Waihi and cycle through to Waikino. After a decent bike ride, grab something to eat at the Waikino Station Cafe, walk through the Karangahake Gorge, or swim in the nearby Owharoa Falls. 

The best part about this ride is that it is adjacent to Goldfields Heritage Railway Track. This railway is fully operational and has dedicated space for bikes. After you are worn out from your cycling adventure, hop on the train and enjoy the scenic ride back to your starting point. 

Check the Goldfields Heritage Railway website for more information including their timetable. 

Karangahake Gorge Cycling

Cycle straight through the Karangahake Gorge on this short and unique bike track. Part of the larger Hauraki Rail Trail, this track begins at Karangahake Gorge carpark and ends at Waikino Station, leading you through the Karangahake Tunnel. The picturesque scenery of the track in addition to the flat terrain makes this a great casual ride. 

This track is 6.6 kilometres one-way and we do recommend bringing a headlamp for going through the tunnel. While the tunnel has lighting, it can still be relatively dark. 

View the map here.

Chez Moi

"Chez Moi" is French, and means "At My Place".

Chez Moi is a place where you will find quality handmade chocolate, made freshly in front of you. They work with the finest Belgium couverture from Callebaut and Belcolade. Truffles are created using the single cream from Lewis Road (certified organic and palm oil free). They also use local flavours, because in New Zealand, the most delicious ingredients grow in our backyard!

Waihi Beach Hotel

The Waihi Beach Hotel restaurant has recently been refurbished. Mazzola's offers stunning Italian cuisine is a relaxed dining atmosphere, open for lunch or dinner.

You'll also find a new cocktail lounge, cafe, and pub on site, as well as regular live music gigs. There are also gardens with chairs and a kids' play area.

TOP 10 club card members will receive 10% off by presenting their card (min spend $20 on food).

Mount Maunganui Main Beach

Mount Maunganui is a one-hour drive away from Beachaven, but the surf is worth it. Take a drive here to experience some of the Bay of Plenty's best surf, perfect for beginners. Although some stretches of the beach are prone to bigger waves great for all levels. Not only is the surf great, but the main beach is also great for swimming and has fantastic cafes and restaurants. If you are keen on some easy surfing or are looking for a spot where the whole family can come with you, this is the place. 

Flatwhite

Our local spot, the Flatwhite has been an iconic part of the Waihi Beach community for over 15 years. Flatwhite is a stunning beachfront Restaurant & Cafe, offering everything from a quick coffee or martini on the deck to gourmet three course meals. Their gorgeous facilities, bar areas, decks, amazing views, great food and delicious coffee all make for a real experience, just metres away from the sandy shore. They really do have it all, and they are open 7 days from 8am till late. Breakfast & Lunch Menu available from 8am till 2:45pm, Dinner Menu from 5pm. 

Phone: (+64) 7 863 1364

 

The Falls Retreat

After a visit to Owharoa Falls, head to The Falls Retreat for award winning tasty delights, warm hospitality, and rustic, delicious food. Open 11am to 8.30pm Wednesday to Sundays. Phone: 07-863 8770

TOP10 members receive free garlic bread with the purchase of 2 meals.

The Porch

The Porch Kitchen & Bar is a casual-chic venue offering a varied menu, including all your favourites. Open 7 days a week from 8am to 3pm, with dinner until 10pm on Friday and Saturday nights.

Located on 23 Wilson Road, Waihi Beach 3611

Owharoa Falls

Owharoa falls is a stunning staircase waterfall just 20 minutes drive from Waihi Beach. Located at 30 Waitawheta Road, Waikino 3682. Pack your bathers for a refreshing dip or just make the most of a great photo op. After visiting the falls, grab a tasty bite to eat at The Falls Retreat.

Sunday Homestore

Pretty contemporary homewares, curated design and lifestyle collection.

You will find a little something for  everyone from artwork, ceramics, jewelry, books, babywear, cushions, candles and creams.

This is a delightful little retailer located on Wilson Road, Waihi Beach.Open 7 days a week from 10.00am to 4.00pm.

Salty Collective

The Salty Collective is home of local and ethical brand Saltysea who offer a range of swimwear and activewear to keep you moving.

It is a retail space as well as a collective studio for events, workshops and yoga.

Located on 10 Wilson Road, open Tuesday to Sunday 9.30am to 4.00pm

Beach Sushi

Beach Sushi is not your average sushi spot. Sushi is delicious and freshly made, offering a large selection of everyones favourites.

Also on the menu are other tasty Asian favourites like donburi, ramen, udon and fried noodles.

Located at 57 Wilson Road. Open Monday to Saturday from 9am to 6pm. 

Available at Sunday Markets from Labour Weekend to Easter.

 

Orokawa Bay

With spectacular panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and Waihi Beach, a walk to Orokawa Bay is an experience all visitors remember. Beautiful pohutukawa trees shelter a beach of sparkling white sand offering great fishing, a perfect picnic location, bush walking and surfing opportunities. Swimming in the surf is not advised due to the steep grade of the seafloor. However, there are some great waves for intermediate to expert surfers. 

Access to Orokawa Bay is by an easy track at the northern end of Waihi Beach, past Oukori Bay then down to Orokawa Bay. Walkers should allow 45 minutes to reach this secluded beach. Map

Homunga Bay

After you've had your fill of Orokawa, head further north to Homunga Bay along the coastal walkway. Food, drink, and good shoes essential, as this will take about a further 90 minutes. Words like unspoilt and paradise spring to mind. Passes through private land, so please be courteous to the generous owners who allow visitors to walk through.

Walkers should allow 3 hours from Waihi Beach to Homunga Bay (one way).

The Rail Tunnel Loop

A 1.5-hour loop walk takes you through the kilometre-long rail tunnel (lighting is provided, but a torch is recommended), along the gorgeous river’s edge and through the remains of 19th century mine buildings. This is a great loop, suitable for the family or for anyone wanting to do something a little different.

There are numerous places where you can enter the loop - Waikino Station (you will need to cross the road so please do so with care), Karangahake Hall or Karangahake Reserve carpark. 

Please note that sections of this track are also used by cyclists so please share with care.  Map + Info

The Windows Walk

The Windows Walk is easily one of the most spectacular walks in the North Island. Windows blasted through the gold mining tunnels providing stunning bird’s eye views into the Waitewheta River. While it could be walked in 30 minutes, visitors should allow a couple of hours to fully explore and experience everything the extended loop walk has to offer.

You can take a recommended side-trip to the remains of the underground Woodstock Pumphouse. Remains of the beam engine and other machinery can be seen inside, as well as the rafters supporting the ceiling. Glow-worms are also visible.A good torch is essential for viewing this unique piece of mining heritage. Map + Info

Waihi Beach Bakery

Waihi Beach Bakery has a full range of freshly baked artisan bread products, cakes, slices and fresh coffee to go!

P.S. They have the biggest takeaway coffees in town! 

 

 

 

Surf Shack

On the outskirts of Waihi Beach, the Surf Shack is definitely worth a detour because they quite possibly have the best burgers in New Zealand and plate-filling salads. Dairy free, gluten free, veggie, vegan and nightshade diets are all catered for.

Phone: 027 378 0007

TOP 10 members receive a 10% discount off your meal.

Hot Water Beach - Coromandel

Hot Water Beach is a must-do in New Zealand and one of it's most dramatic places!

Popular for a patch of thermal water bubbling just beneath the surface of the sand at low tide, Hot Water Beach has achieved cult-like status as a worldwide wonder right here on The Coromandel.  

It is so much fun digging your own pool and soak in it and just watch the world go by.

*BYO spade or you can hire them out for $5 from local businesses. 

Located only one hour and 40 minutes by car from our park

Cathedral Cove - Coromandel

Accessible only on foot, boat or kayak, famous Cathedral Cove is one of the “must visit” sites on The Coromandel. The area is very popular with tourists, and receives around 150,000 visitors per year.

Located approximately one hour and 40 minutes from our park by car. 

The French Shop

The French Shop is well established and unique, and is nestled in a lovely spot at Waihi Beach, stocked with beautiful items of a distinct French character.

The shop stocks La Rochere glassware, Flemish tapestries, Laguiole knives, French door knockers, Antique linens, French Dubout Cats, Art deco posters, and more to adorn any home. Or you could indulge in French Marseille soaps and perfumes, among the finest in the world.

Reel N Wave

Reel n Wave is a locally owned fishing/surf shop in the heart of Waihi Beach.

Surf boards, surfboard repairs, surf and streetwear, tackle, quality rod and reels (Shimano, Daiwa, Penn, Kilwell etc.), dive fills, rod and reel servicing, ocean kayaks and lots more

They also have a lovely range of clothing, swimwear, hats and jandals!

Beach Treats

A gorgeous giftware shop located in the heart of idyllic Waihi Beach Village.

They proudly offer a wonderful range of Coastal & Kiwi inspired giftware carefully selected to reflect and celebrate our beautiful beachside location and pride in all things NZ.

A must visit during your next stay in Waihi Beach!

Ebony Boutique

Nestled in the heart of Waihi Beach, Ebony Boutique is a fashion lovers paradise! Their dedicated team will help you look and feel your best. 

Ebony is offering our TOP 10 club card members 10% off their full price merchandise.

Dolphin Seafaris

Ranked #1 on Trip Advisor!
They are the only New Zealand Tourism Qualmark endorsed dolphin eco-tour operator in Tauranga and Mt Maunganui.

Step aboard a purpose-built dolphin-viewing vessel and embark on a wild encounter with the ocean's most fascinating creatures. As the winner of a Trip Advisor Award of Excellence and Qualmark certification, Dolphin Seafaris provides an educational and organic experience that's completely on the dolphin's terms.

Included in the price are your wetsuits, snorkellilng gear, tea, coffee and juice, fruit and muffins.  Free parking is available 24 hours at the Tauranga Bridge Marina where we depart. 

Located only one hour drive from our Park!

Hobbiton

Experience the real Middle Earth with a visit to the Hobbiton Movie Set, the bucolic setting for The Shire that featured in the Peter Jackson directed films, The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit Trilogies. 

Located only one hour and 25 minutes away from our park.

 

 

Gunners View Restaurant

Gunners View Restaurant is located at the local Waihi Beach RSA. It welcomes members, affiliated members and guests. Their food is delicious and very affordable and the view from up there is just fantastic! They are open for lunch and dinner and offer a courtesy bus service. If you would like to arrange pick up and drop off, please call the RSA directly on 07 863 5689.

Beach House Cafe

A lovely kiwi cafe with freshly baked cakes, slices and muffins. Delicious savoury food and an all-day menu. Family friendly with a kids menu too. Open Tuesday to Sunday for breakfast and lunch.

Located 40 Beach Road (A five-minute walk away from the park). 

Our TOP 10 club card members will receive 10% OFF their super tasty food and beverages! 

Fishing Waihi Beach

You don’t have to go far from our Holiday Park to find some great places to fish. A lot of people surf-cast from the main beach which is just 150m away from our park, also the rocks at the northern end of the beach. There is also a jetty at Anzac Bay Bowentown which is a 15 minute drive away. The boat ramp at the Bowentown Boat and Fishing Club provides great access to the inner harbour.

 

Cave Bay

From the top carpark at Bowentown beach, take a two minute walk up the hill for fantastic views over the Waihi Beach area. From here, you'll notice a secret staircase leading down the cliff face. Make your way down to find Cave Bay, a quiet and shaded beach overlooking the harbour entrance. This delightful cove is a great spot to cool off and escape the crowds. True to the name, there are a few small gaps in rocky cliffs which open up into caves, so the kids will love going exploring! 

Goldfields Historic Railway

This scenic heritage railway runs between Waihi and Waikino, carrying its passengers through historic gold mining countryside. Operating on either steam or diesel, it winds through rugged forest areas where original remnants of 19th century gold mining can still be seen today.

The train stops at the delightful Waikino Café and there are extra rides on holidays and weekends. A great day out for all the family at reasonable prices.

Phone: (+64) 7 863 9020 (Station) or (+64) 7 863 8640 (Cafe)
 

Hauraki Rail Trail

The Hauraki Rail Trail is an easy grade-one cycling trail, suitable for all ages and abilities. A great day out with the family or an adventure all on your own.

You may wish to enjoy the journey over two or three days or enjoy a day ride. You can access the trail from Thames, Paeroa, Waihi or Te Aroha.

The trail showcases some of the best scenery New Zealand has to offer, rich in pioneering history. 

We recommend visiting the official trail website to get planning your ride today.

Distances

Waikino to Paeroa – 14 km
Paeroa to Te Aroha – 20 km
Paeroa to Thames – 33 km

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=5&v=w0HJBEZyiSo

 

 

Waihi Beach Surf School

Waihi Beach Surf School is owned and operated by Aidan Comrie who has been teaching surfing since 1996 and has over 30 years surfing experience. Waihi Beach is one of the safest surf beaches to learn to surf in the world. Waihi Beach Surf School offers first class surfing lessons for all ages and abilities at one of the safest surf beaches in New Zealand. Whatever your surfing ability, your certified instructor will get you up and ripping in no time!

Waihi Beach Surf School offers the highest standard of coaching and safety. All instructors are experienced surfers with the following qualifications:

  • NZSA Surf Instructor Accreditation – Level 1 course and up
  • Qualified Beach Lifeguards
  • First Aid Certificate
Karangahake Gorge

Voted as one of the 101 Must Do's for Kiwis. Many Kiwi’s will have driven through the breathtaking Karangahake Gorge but few will have ventured into the walkways, old tunnels, discovered the rich history hidden in the gorge and cycle the Hauraki Rail Trail. Not only is this one of the most stunning stretches of river in the country, it was also home to one of the busiest and most lucrative goldstrikes in New Zealand's history.

Karangahake Gorge is located on State Highway 2 between Paeroa and Waihi, about two hours drive from Auckland, or one hour from Hamilton or Tauranga. Parking is available directly off the State Highway at Karangahake and toilets, rubbish bins and basic visitor information can be accessed at the car park.

Trig Walk

The trail is 3km return - about a 90-minute walk return, with some steps and steep bits. The majority of the walk is in the bush so this walk is suitable to do at any time of day.

At the top you will enjoy a spectacular view of Waihi Beach, up the Coromandel coast and east across the Bay of Plenty.

To get there:
Drive up Pacific Rd, go left at the top, park the car in the water reservoir car park. The Water Reservoir Loop start is on the right of the reservoir. The Trig Walk branches off the Loop track near the bridge.

The Secret Garden

The Secret Garden is a gorgeous, Balinese inspired outdoor space. They serve coffee, superfood smoothies & tasty treats! Over summer and long weekends there is often live music playing in the garden.

Located behind Shipshape at 17 Wilson Road, Waihi Beach

Waihi Arts Centre

The museum operates as a place for the collection, display and preservation of items of historical interest to the Waihi District, particularly items relating to the underground mining history of the area.

Gold was first discovered in Waihi in 1878 and by 1905 Waihi not only possessed the most productive gold mine in New Zealand, but was the largest gold mining town in the country and the third largest inland town in New Zealand.

The museum has several rooms devoted to underground mining history, and displays relating to the social history of the town.

 

Waihi Gold Mine Tours

Waihi is a gold town, and we have a fascinating and unique gold story to tell. Although mining operations are ordinarily off-limits to the public, Waihi Gold Mine Tours can take you inside the fence to experience modern-day gold mining up close.

You’ll be fitted out with safety gear as you board the 11-seater van, given a safety briefing then taken inside the security fence to view the mine operations from the best available vantage points. You’ll be shown every stage of the process from ore extraction and crushing, through to final processing. There is plenty of massive mining equipment on show too.

Tours operate seven days. 

TOUR TIMES
10:30 & 12:30 + extra tours during summer.
Allow one and a half hours. Bookings recommended.