Waihi Beach & Coastline
Walking/ Hiking/ Trail Running
Waihi Beach boasts 9km of beautiful ocean beach accessed through marked tracks through the dune system. Runners and walkers have room to be alone with only the birds for company, while those who prefer travelling in a group will have space enough not to intrude on others’ tranquility. Carparking, toilets, shops and other amenities and essentials including coffee are available adjacent to the beach.
Bowentown reserve offers a short sharp scramble to the summit of the Bowentown Heads and you can also take the steep track down to Cave Bay. Bowentown links to Waihi Beach so there a good 9km of beach heading to the north for those looking for a bit more space to stretch the legs.
Orokawa Bay is nestled 45 minutes’ walk from the northern end of Waihi Beach where there are toilets and carparking. The first five minutes is up hill but from there it is a gentle grade. There are more toilets on your descent to Orokawa beach and a third one at the northern end of the beach about a five minute walk up in the bush.
Homunga Bay is reached either via Orokawa Bay from Waihi Beach or from Ngatitangata Rd from Waihi. The trail is moderately rolling throughout its length with a steeper gradient between Waihi Beach and Orokawa Bay. Walking times are estimated at 3-4 hours from Waihi Beach to Ngatitangata Rd. Toilets are available at Orokawa Bay and Waihi Beach, with carparking at either end of the trail.
Accessed off Steele Rd at the southern end of Waihi Beach, this 22 hectare wildlife reserve has been under active restoration since 2006. A walkway around two man-made ponds takes visitors through areas of new plantings. The walk takes about 25 minutes. There are no toilets available.