Waihi Beach is a coastal town at the western end of the Bay of Plenty in New Zealand's North Island. It lies 10 kilometres to the east of the town of Waihi, at the foot of the Coromandel Peninsula. The main beach itself extends approximately 10 kilometres to the south with the small settlement of Bowentown at its southern end. The headland at the southern of the beach is on the northern side of the northern (Katikati) entrance to Tauranga Harbour. Waihi Beach had a population of 1773 at the 2006 New Zealand Census but that number skyrockets to 16,000 in the Summer. At the northern end of Waihi Beach, the 145 hectares (360 acres) Orokawa Scenic Reserve offers several short walking tracks along the coast and to Orokawa Bay. While the main beach is backed by the residential area of the township of Waihi Beach, Orokawa Bay is undeveloped and surrounded by native bush including pohutukawa, puriri, and nikau palms. Waihi Beach boasts a number of cafes, eateries, the Waihi Beach Hotel built in 1967, two holiday parks, and the Athenree mineral hot springs near by.
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Jump on board one of our eight-seater Gondola cabins and experience Rotorua’s most spectacular views from one of the best things to do in Rotorua! Skyline Rotorua’s 900 metre long Doppelmayr cableway system will transport you and your friends on a gentle, scenic ride up to the Skyline Rotorua complex.
On arrival at Skyline Rotorua Gondola, relax and take in the 180 degree panorama, take a walk on the nature trails or choose from one of the exciting Rotorua activity options on offer - such as Luge, the Skyswing or Skyvue 4D motion theatre. Before your return Gondola ride, be sure to stop in at the Food Market Kitchen, our marketplace style cafe or the Restaurant & Bar for lunch or dinner. Skyline Rotorua Gondola - a must-do Rotorua attraction!
Waimangu Volcanic Valley is Rotorua's premier tourist attraction and a ‘must do’ eco-experience when you visit Rotorua. Our exciting thermal attraction and sightseeing tours include unique ecology, rare botany and fascinating geothermal features such as steaming volcanic crater lakes. A protected scenic reserve and wildlife refuge, Waimangu Volcanic Valley geothermal park encompasses beautiful Lake Rotomahana and is set in pristine New Zealand bush. Waimangu Volcanic Valley is just 20 minutes south of Rotorua and 40 minutes north of Taupo.
We offer a range of self-guided eco tours and walks through this geothermal park, from a 45 minute walk to an extended 4 hours of discovery through our amazing Valley.
1989 was the year it all began. Doug and Mike Tamaki forged a turning point for tourism in Rotorua and forever changed the way people from around the world experienced cultural storytelling. Two kiwi cowboys doing things a bit differently. From old school buses to hot-rod Harleys and roundabout sing-alongs, a new storyline was unfolding and the families, couples, the globetrotters from near and far were all on board the one-of-a-kind Tamaki Māori Village experience. Now 30 years later, Tamaki has become an iconic brand in tourism – a leading force that pioneers and inspires through authentic and meaningful cultural experiences that the world continues to applaud and celebrate. Tamaki Māori Village is the most award-winning cultural attraction in New Zealand and was voted the 7th best experience in the world by TripAdvisor’s Traveller’s Choice award in 2018.
Violent and unexpected, the volcanic eruption of Mt Tarawera on 10 June 1886 was one of New Zealand's greatest natural disasters. For over four hours, rocks, ash, and mud bombarded the peaceful village of Te Wairoa, ending more than 150 lives and destroying the eighth wonder of the world: The Pink and White Terraces. But the story doesn’t end there…
Thanks to the sensitive redevelopment by three generations of the Smith family, The Buried Village of Te Wairoa is now one of New Zealand’s most-visited historical sites, providing visitors a picture of what life was like at the village before, during, and after the eruption.
Established in 1931, The Buried Village of Te Wairoa features an award-winning museum, with excavated objects over 80 years old, and an extensive archaeological site set in 12 acres of meadow and native bush. Detailed signage provides a rich narrative of the people who visited and lived in the village. Enjoy the waterfall trail walking path.
There are two parking bays available when this site is open. First is next to the playground by the Pohutakawa trees, the second is just to the right of the information board. Designated freedom camping site for self-contained vehicles only. Freedom Camping is excluded from the conclusion of Labour Weekend through to the conclusion of the following Easter Weekend. No person may freedom camp for more than three consecutive nights in any calendar month at any one site here in the Western Bay of Plenty. Please park in the designated parking zones. No more than three self-contained vehicles are permitted in any one location on any one night (unless expressly provided for through signage at the site). Please enjoy your stay and respect other reserve users.Visit Waihi Beach Surf Club
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