Blink and you’ve almost missed Waihi shops, but the essentials are there including surf shops and excellent eateries. The Porch is found in a tin roof, wooden house in the main street – with a porch of course. It is a popular, laid back local hangout, a combined café, bar and restaurant.
An outdoor courtyard with a driftwoody decor is especially appealing. It serves breakfast, lunch, dinner —including mains like seafood fettucine in two sizes, gado gado and eye fillet steak. The Porch, winner of a Monteith’s Wild Food award, has its share of Auckland regulars who have holiday homes at Waihi Beach. Licensed. Open Tues to Sat, 9am til late, Sun and Mon 9am—3pm. (Note: highly regarded Waihi Beach Bakery and an award-winning butchery are across the road from Porch)
23 Wilson Road, Waihi Beach, Waihi. (07) 863 1330