Waihi Beach is about 9 kms of uncrowded sandy beach, with a reputation for some of the safest swimming around. It’s also a good place for learner or intermediate surfers, with surfboard hire near the car park.
There’s lots of space to surf, walk, sunbathe or surf-cast. There is parking at the northern end, handy to the start of a magnificent coastal walk, 45 minutes to secluded Homunga Bay. Waihi’s laid back shopping centre, a few minutes away by car, has an award winning restaurant, The Porch, and a popular bakery.