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Known as New Zealand's “Heart Of Gold,” Waihi has had continuous gold mining for over 100 years. The best way to get to know this town is by walking in the footsteps of New Zealand’s early gold miners.
Try out the interactive displays at the Gold Discovery Centre and learn about mining from the early years through to today. Walk across the road and stare down into the vast pit of the still functioning Waihi Martha Mine. Go for a walk along the Rim Walkway if you are feeling energetic.
Sit back and relax with a scenic ride on the historic Goldfields Railway and then take the short walk to visit the Victoria Battery Museum at the other end. The train ride takes you through rolling countryside and the volunteer staff are always happy to chat with you about the trains. Enjoy the in-depth experience of walking through a kiln tunnel.
Put on your hiking boots and head out into the natural splendor of the Karangahake Gorge. The gorge has a variety of walkways twisting through the towering walls of the gorge. The Ohinemuri River flows through the gorge, providing waterfalls and turbulent rapids. Bring a flashlight to peer into some of the old mine tunnels dotted around the area.
Take a short drive to the coast and visit Waihi Beach. With a long stretch of white sand it is ideal for a stroll, swim, surf or just to just sit back and enjoy the seaside. Bring your lunch with you or order fish and chips at a café for a beach picnic.
Browse the Artmarket for local artwork and crafts to take home as a souvenir. More than 150 artists from around the country display their works here.
Find the many treasures of Waihi at the southeastern end of the North Island’s picturesque Coromandel region. Waihi is 2 hours from Auckland and 1 hour from Tauranga by car.
Before you leave, have a meal at one of the many cafés or restaurants. It is a chance to not only savor the fresh local produce, but also to enjoy the spirit of this little town with a heart of gold.
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Situated in Waihi, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Gold-mining Museum and Art Gallery and Martha Mine. Karangahake Gorge is 7.4 mi (11.9 km) away.
Situated in Waihi, this motel is within a 15-minute walk of Gold-mining Museum and Art Gallery and Martha Mine. Karangahake Gorge is 8.3 mi (13.3 km) away.
Situated on a river, this motel is 4.7 mi (7.6 km) from Karangahake Gorge and within 16 mi (25 km) of Gold-mining Museum and Art Gallery and Martha Mine. Mokena Geyser and Ngatea Water Gardens are also within 16 mi (25 km).
Situated in a rural location, this luxury bed & breakfast is in the same region as Hobbiton Movie Set.
Situated near the beach, this motel is 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Whangamata Beach and within 12 mi (20 km) of Mount Maungaruawahine and Opoutere Beach. Pauanui Tairua Trail and Gold-mining Museum and Art Gallery are also within 20 mi (32 km).
Situated in Waihi Beach, this caravan park/campground is 6.7 mi (10.7 km) from Gold-mining Museum and Art Gallery and 6.9 mi (11.2 km) from Martha Mine. Karangahake Gorge and Whangamata Beach are also within 32 mi (52 km).
Situated on the beach, this caravan park/campground is 11.2 mi (18.1 km) from Gold-mining Museum and Art Gallery and 11.5 mi (18.5 km) from Martha Mine. Karangahake Gorge and Omokoroa Beach are also within 32 mi (52 km).
Situated on the boardwalk, this motel is 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from Whangamata Beach and within 12 mi (20 km) of Mount Maungaruawahine and Opoutere Beach. Pauanui Tairua Trail and Gold-mining Museum and Art Gallery are also within 20 mi (32 km).