For boaties, fishermen, skiers, 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 modern shopping centre, excellent restaurants and a whole range of accommodation from four camping grounds to motels, B&Bs and luxury lodges within easy distance.
SURF WAIHI BEACH: Good for all levels. The north end of the beach is provides more shelter from the wind.
SAFETY: Waihi Beach is one of New Zealand's safer swimming beaches. Surf Life Savers patrol the beach in summer.