Things to do

Marth Mine Pit
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Waihi was built on Gold and silver and still very much a working mine. Walk the Pit rim and see just how big the mining operation is, take a journey on the Gold Mine discovery tour, leaving the information centre several times a day, check the info site for times and costs.

Goldfields Gold Centre
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Discover treasure in Waihi, New Zealand's Heart of Gold. You can experience the story, that spans three centuries, at the award-winning Gold Discovery Centre. Although mining operations are ordinarily off-limits to the public, Waihi Gold Mine Tours can take you inside. Take a Waihi gold story tour to get the inside story and then get inside the fence The ‘hands-on’ experience guides you through Waihi’s fascinating gold story that started in 1878 and continues today. www.golddiscoverycentre.co.nz

Goldfields Railway
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Travel back in time and enjoy a ride on a heritage train with Goldfields Railway. Journey between Waihi and Waikino at the eastern end of the spectacular Karangahake Gorge. Great for the kids. Have a break at Waikino Station with a hot or cold drink and a Devonshire scone. You can even take your bike on the train, take time to visit the gorge and historic sites, then return to Waihi on a later train. www.waihirail.co.nz

Waihi beach
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Waihi beach is only a short 10 minute drive where you can enjoy the surf beach for swimming, surfing and fishing then another 8 km south is Bowentown’s Anzac bay which is a sheltered bay, perfect for swimming and fishing. The boat ramp is Pay as you go pontoon ramp located at the boating and fishing club at the end of Pio Rd (ramp is tidal) .  www.bayofplentynz.com/discover/waihi-beach

Karangahake Gorge Walkway
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This makes a lovely day or two on bike or and foot. With plenty of off-road parking allows you to pull off the Gorge road (State Highway 2), cross the river on foot by one of two swing-bridges and explore the remnants of the long-abandoned gold-workings. The remains of stamper batteries, the foundations of huge buildings, tiny miners’ cottages plus long-abandoned equipment dot the walking trails with plenty of well-explained information panels along the way. www.thecoromandel.com/activities/must-do/karangahake-gorge/

Cycle and Walkway
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This makes a lovely day or two on bike or and foot. With plenty of off-road parking allows you to pull off the Gorge road (State Highway 2), cross the river on foot by one of two swing-bridges and explore the remnants of the long-abandoned gold-workings. The remains of stamper batteries, the foundations of huge buildings, tiny miners’ cottages plus long-abandoned equipment dot the walking trails with plenty of well-explained information panels along the way.

 
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Along the way you will find the old Waikino Pub with its rich history, good food and cold refreshments. - The Talisman café and Ohinemuri winery and the Train station with trains which do a return trip to and from the old Waihi train station. The train winds it way through farmland, a fun trip, especially for the kids. .

 
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Along the way you will find the old Waikino Pub with its rich history, good food and cold refreshments. - The Talisman café and Ohinemuri winery and the Train station with trains which do a return trip to and from the old Waihi train station. The train winds it way through farmland, a fun trip, especially for the kids. .

Eating out
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There are many different dining options in Waihi from a variety of restaurants, cafes, take away and fast food.

Whangamata
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Whangamata is only 30 kms away, enjoy the picturesque beach, wander around the town’s main street and the interesting and unique shops, take a stroll around the marina and don’t forget the annual Beach Hop at the end of March every year, a week of nostalgia featuring bands, American classic cars, rock n roll festival. The festival starts with a day of fun right here in Waihi. www.thecoromandel.com/towns/whangamata