Local Sightseeing | Beachaven TOP 10 Holiday Park

Local Sightseeing

Waihi Beach is one of the most beautiful destinations in New Zealand. There are countless sights to see both within the town and a short drive away. In particular, if you enjoy scenic beach walks and waterfall trails, this is the place for you. 

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.

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

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)

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.

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. 

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