Amy owns the Waihi Beach Hotel and is passionate about it being a showcase for everything that’s great about Waihi Beach and the laid-back Bay of Plenty lifestyle – the same lifestyle that brought her home to raise her two young children after ten years abroad.
How long have you lived in the Bay?
I was born and raised in Waihi Beach.
I spent ten years living in Australia but came home because I was ready to start a family – there’s no better place in the world.
What do you do for a living?
I own the Waihi Beach Hotel and I’m mum to Charli (4) and Max (2) – I’m not sure which keeps me busier.
What changes have you seen in our community while living here?
There are a lot more young families than there used to be. Everyone is on the same kind of journey, so there’s a lot of support and a really good vibe.
What are your main social activities/interests?
Simple pleasures: golf, wine, catching up friends and spending time with family.
Your friends and family know you as a person who…
… loves wholeheartedly. But is always late, ha ha.
How would you describe our community vibe or Bay locals’ attitude to life?
Relaxed. Generous. Accepting.
What do you always recommend family or friends do when they visit?
Go to the beach. Walk up the trig – it’s a work-out but the views are worth it. Have fish ‘n’ chips on top of the world on the hill in Bowentown.
Describe your perfect day:
I’d wake up late, 7am – a parent sleep-in. I’d go for a walk along the beach and stop for a coffee at the Flatwhite. Lunch at the Waihi Beach Hotel – maybe a platter – while the kids had a gelato and burned off their energy on the playground. I’d spend the afternoon stand-up paddleboarding in the Harbour before finishing the day by having a few friends over for a BBQ and a glass – or three, or four – of wine.
What are your favourite places to eat out in the Bay?
Waihi Beach Hotel. I might be a bit biased, but we’ve worked really hard to create a great place – the food is amazing and we’ve got the best wine list. I’m really proud of our staff, our service is the best. We’re also really family-friendly, with some great spaces for kids.
What’s the Bay’s best kept secret?
Sunday Jam session at Waihi Beach Hotel – we have some seriously talented local musicians.
What would you say to convince people to holiday here?
It really is a place for the whole family. Kids aren’t just accepted, they’re welcomed. There’s so much to do, no matter who you are and what kind of holiday you want.
What’s your favourite season in the Bay and why?
Summer. It’s the best time of year for all the best things about living here – the sunshine, the beach, outdoor living, exploring, great food and wine – it’s impossible not to love it.
What can you find in the Bay that you can’t find anywhere else?