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What’s so great about Waihi Beach

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Waihi Beach is a coastal settlement lying 10km east of Waihi, gateway to the Coromandel Peninsula. The stunning 10km beach is a popular summer holiday destination. Over 145 hectares Orokawa Scenic Reserve lies at the northern end of the beach. The Reserve is a repository of pohutukawa, puriri, and nikau palms. Waihi Beach is linked at the southern end to Bowentown and Athenree and Katikati entrance to Tauranga Harbour.

Waihi Beach, New Zealand @Hayley Summer
Waihi Beach @Hayley Summer

WHAT  TO DO, HIGHLIGHTS

  • Orokawa Reserve and beach with hidden walks and quiet places
  • Waihi Beach has several boat ramps in addition to a dedicated fishing store. It is a great base for a fishing trip
  • Soak up the atmosphere of a classic summer holiday enjoying nearby Waihi, Athenree and Katikati attractions
  • Athenree Estuary shared walk / cycle track. A 3km trail from Waihi Beach to Bowentown. Look for the well known Surf Shack cafe for entrance. It ends in Bowentown park.
  • Nearby Kauri Point wharf (Katikati) is a popular location for fishing and water bombing. This wharf extends 200 metres out from shore. Catches from the wharf include: Kingfish, Snapper and John Dory.
Waihi Beach @Harcourts Gold Star Waihi Beach @Harcourts Gold Star
Orokawa Reserve, New Zealand @Department of Conservation Orokawa Reserve @Department of Conservation

CAVE BAY walks

  • It is several minutes short climb to the Te Ho pa site for commanding views over Waihi Beach. The perfect location for a defensive pa site.
  • The same path leads further up to a Trig station at the highest point of the headland. The gravel track is approximately 3km.
  • A steep descent to Cave Bay is a popular fishing spot
  • There are no toilets along these walks
Te Ho pa site, New Zealand @Tourism Bay of Plenty
Te Ho pa site @Tourism Bay of Plenty
William Wright waterfall, New Zealand @Natasha Jones
William Wright waterfall @Natasha Jones

OROKAWA walks

  • From the northern end of Waihi Beach to secluded, sheltered Orokawa Bay embraces beautiful coastal scenery.
  • WILLIAM WRIGHT FALLS – continue the walk at the end of Orokawa Beach following marker posts. The 1.5km track is medium- advance grade with steeper sections. The William Wright waterfall is 28 metres. The falls cascadel over a sheer rock face in two stages and are farmed by vertical bush hills. Early spring the waterfalls are spectacular. In a dry summer there is very little water flow. The track is overgrown in parts due to landslides which destroyed parts of the track.
  • Water and toilets at Waihi Beach car park only

INTERESTING FACT

Local government became concerned about the health of the miners (Waihi and district) and invested in a health resort. The borough constructed baches in Waihi Beach for the seaside air.

BOWENTOWN DOMAIN

  • Walks and several pa sites within 128 hectare reserve. There are picnic tables, toilets and water taps available.

ANZAC BAY

  • Anzac Bay and Shelly Bay are safe, sheltered swimming spots. ANZAC bay has a public boat ramp and picnic tables under pohutukawa trees. At the northern end of Anzac Bay, a wide grassy track leads westward up to an area where several tracks meet. Straight ahead leads to Shelly Bay – a stunning, sheltered and safe swimming spot. A left turn takes you to a popular fishing area and a right turn leads to the summit of Te Ho Pā site.
Anzac Bay, New Zealand @Waihi Beach
Anzac Bay @Waihi Beach
Brighton Rd Playground, New Zealand @Beach Pacific Apartments
Brighton Rd Playground @Beach Pacific Apartments

WHERE TO TAKE THE BEST SELFIE

  • Pick one of the stunning views with native mature pohutukawa trees in the background
  • Yourself learning to surf
  • Treats from the local cafe

WHAT TO DO WITH THE KIDS

  • Brighton Rd Playground with a castle, tunnels and plenty of swings. Set alongside a basketball court, toilet block and public barbecue is the Waihi Beach
  • Cycle NORTH END TO BOWENTOWN CYCLE PATH on a dedicated cycle walk linking Waihi Beach to Bowentown. Pass playgrounds, picnic areas, cafes and enjoy the coastal scenery
  • Join Waihi Beach Surf School and

TOWN MOTTO

  • IT’S ABOUT TIME

FESTIVALS

SOCIAL MEDIA

@BowentownBoatingAndSportFishingClub
@BowentownBoatingAndSportFishingClub

WHO TURNED UP AND NAMED THE PLACE?

  • The name Waihi means rising water and is likely identified with a stream which flows into the beach.

KEEPS THE PLACE TICKING?

  • The western Bay of Plenty is a popular retirement area due to its access to Tauranga (major city) and tourism has encouraged the growth of holiday parks, cafes, restaurants and spas all enjoying the seaside air.

POPULATION

  • 2,720

WEATHER

JUDGMENT

  • Classic beach holiday vibe

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