Waihi Beach is a favourite holiday spot and sits at the northern-most tip of our coastal region.
This beach sums up everything we love about our Bay of Plenty coastline – unspoilt white sand, good surf and plenty of room for everyone.
You can swim anywhere along this 9km stretch of sand but the safest swimming area is at the northern end by the Waihi Surf Lifesaving Club on The Esplanade. Trained lifeguards patrol this area in summer. The beach slopes gently into the ocean and you can get a good distance out from shore before the water is deep enough to go over your head. Small to medium-size waves generally break evenly along this beach but the surf can get rough in certain weather so be aware of the conditions.
Swimming at Orokawa Bay is not recommended. The coastline is beautiful but sea currents make it unsafe for swimmers.
Known as one of New Zealand’s safest surf beaches, Waihi Beach is a great place to learn to surf. Book a lesson with Aidan at the Waihi Beach Surf School or try stand up paddle boarding if the waves are calm enough. For experienced surfers there is a range of surf spots along the 9kms of beach. Up-to-date surf & weather conditions can be found on www.waihibeachinfo.co.nz
Plenty of great fishing spots are dotted along the coastline. Some are family friendly and some need a careful approach. For local advice about the conditions or good fishing spots pop in to Reel n’ Wave in the Waihi Beach village. The Info Centre in the village also has free marine maps available:
· Waihi Beach: With 9kms of beach there are more than a few locations for quiet fishing. The locals are regular users of Kontiki.
· Cave Bay: Located at the Oceanside base of the Bowentown Headland this beautiful bay offers great rock fishing & surfcasting. Be careful, a lot of water flows past the Bowentown Headland.
· Shelly Bay: Walk over the inner harbor side of the Bowentown Headland and over to Shelly Bay for a peaceful spot for inner-harbour surfcasting.
A variety of boat ramps mean there is always good access to the water. However, the Bowentown Bar is a treacherous piece of water. Take extreme care using the Bowentown Bar and always wear a lifejacket.
· Bowentown Marina Boat Ramp – located next to the Bowentown Boating & Sport Fishing Club. Locked dual concrete ramp, parking, toilets
· Pio Road Boat Ramp: Located in Bowentown. Concrete to hard sand, limited parking, rubbish bins, tidal, no facilities.
· Anzac Bay boat ramp: Located in Bowentown. Sealed access to beach, tidal, toilets, limted parking
· Esplanade Boat ramp. Located at the North End of Waihi Beach. Gravel road access to sandy beach, tidal.
This beach is a great day trip or holiday destination for the whole family. Have fun on the large tyre swing which dangles beneath a pohutukawa tree right on the sand, and spread out and relax in the sunshine.
For all that Waihi Beach has to offer including upcoming events and local business directory visit www.waihibeachinfo.co.nz