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Waihi Beach

Waihi Beach offers nine kilometres of sweeping white sand, and one of the safest surf beaches in New Zealand.

Its not just the 9kms of beautiful ocean beach, with white sand and generally safe surf, that draws people back each summer. There's the added attraction of Tauranga Harbour, linked to the ocean at the southern end of the beach by the Bowentown entrance, right by Bowentown Beach Holiday Park.

For boaties, fishermen, skiers, swimmers, kayakers and picnickers, the combination of beach and harbour in close proximity provides a fantastic playground. 

Waihi Beach also has a modern shopping centre and excellent restaurants. There's surfing, fishing, mini-golf, walks with amazing views, art and crafts, history, and plenty of summer entertainment including regular bands at the Waihi Beach Hotel.

The towns of Waihi and Katikati, both with their own special attractions, are just 15-20 minutes away by car and the city of Tauranga is less than an hour's drive south.

Anzac Bay, just inside the harbour entrance at the Bowentown end of Waihi Beach, is the most popular reserve in the Western Bay of Plenty. It has a boat ramp, changing rooms and toilets, plus shady pohutukawas and barbecues.

Watch the outgoing tide go through the harbour entrance. There are magnificent views from Bowentown Heads behind Bowentown Beach Holiday Park and you can also take the steep track down to Cave Bay, sheltered from the westerly wind and a popular fishing spot.
All this situated only minutes from your Waihi Beach accommodation at our holiday park.

Fun for the whole family at Waihi beach! 

Sunshine Surf Coaching Surf School offers you the only professional Surf School operating at Waihi Beach.

Head Instructor Trevor Medcalf is highly qualified, very experienced & fully endorsed by Surfing New Zealand & Water Safety New Zealand.

We have been operating since 2000 & have taught over 1200 people how to surf in that time.
Not only will you learn how to ride the waves but how to stay safe while doing so with our comprehensive surf awareness & safety program.
We supply all equipment using only soft surfboards for peace of mind.
We have a great rapport with children but have also taught people up to 72 years of age.
You could be one of the 95% of our clients who do get up & ride waves standing up in their first lesson.
Waihi Beach's north end is one of the safest surf beaches in New Zealand, with gently sloping sand & softly spilling waves which creates the perfect environment for learning to surf.




Waihi Beach
Bowentown Beach Holiday Park