Things to do in and around Waihi
Goldfields Historic Railway runs a heritage train which travels between Waihi and Waikino, passing through the scenic Karangahake Gorge along the way. Experience a small slice of the rich goldmining history which shaped much of this region since the early 1900s. Visit their website for more information and bookings.
Discover the heritage and rich history of Waihi whilst also being able to enjoy and appreciate the works of several artists in addition to NZ quilt art and children's art at the Waihi Arts Centre and Museum. The Gallery hosts local and travelling exhibitions and is also a theatre where a presentation can be shown to school groups and special interest groups about early experiences and events, which are linked to the New Zealand Curriculum. Find out more
The award-winning Waihi Gold Discovery Centre has a focus on telling the gold-sewn story of Waihi ever since the discovery of gold in the area in 1878. Gold mine tours are also available to get a close-up experience of modern-day mining operations and practices. Visit their website for more details.
The Martha Mine Pit Rim walk is a 4km walkway which loops around Martha Mine giving walkers impressive views into the open cast mine, located in Waihi town.
There are various attractions in the Waihi township to see, a lot of which are remains from the old mining days such as the Cornish Pumphouse, Poppet Head, which were used for mining operations back in the day, to name a few.
Located just as you enter Waihi town from Tauranga road, Gilmour Reserve is a well-established, picturesque spot for picnics, relaxation, walking, duck feeding and model boat sailing. Public toilets are available for comfort stops and a pre-schooler's playground, fully fenced, will keep under-fives and parents happy by the lakeside.
A 15-minute drive from Waihi, Waihi Beach is a top 10 NZ beach, there are cafes and stores within a few minutes from the beach to explore and plenty of activities to do around the place.
Located in between the Waihi and Paeroa, the Karangahake Gorge is the home of the scenic Karangahake Historic Walkways which give access to and allow visitors to see some remnants of mining and railway eras. Karangahake Gorge has been voted onto the list of '101 Must-Do's for Kiwis' and is also part of the Hauraki Rail Trail.
More information can be found here: Karangahake Gorge | Hauraki Rail Trail
The 6-meter-high Owharoa Falls located a few minutes' drive from the Karangahake Gorge make for a spectacular sight and is a must-see if you are visiting the Gorge.