For boaties, fishermen, swimmers, kayakers and picnickers, the combination of beach and harbour in close proximity provides a fantastic playground. 'The Beach' as locals call it, also has a bustling shopping centre, excellent restaurants and a whole range of accommodation from four campgrounds to motels, B&Bs and luxury lodges, all within easy distance.
SURF WAIHI BEACH: Good for all levels. The north end of the beach provides more shelter from the wind.
SAFETY: Waihi Beach is patrolled by Surf Life Saving NZ in the summer only. Always swim between the flags. Check our local patrolled beaches at https://www.safeswim.org.nz/