HOT WATER BEACH - WAIHI BEACH
99KM - 1 HR 36 MINS
DEPART HOT WATER BEACH FOR TAIRUA
Tairua is an excellent base to explore the east coast and offshore islands or the craggy mountainous backdrop to the west. The twin peaks of Mt Paku guard the harbour entrance and provide a 360 degree view from the Aldermen Islands round to The Pinnacles in The Coromandel Forest Park.
Tairua is only minutes away from bush and kauri grove walks, old mines and caves and Pauanui is only a short ferry ride across the harbour. The offshore islands of Slipper, Shoe and the Aldermen Islands can also be explored by booking a trip with local dive and fishing charters.
There are some great foodie options in Tairua, if you know where to look!
The beaches along the east coast are favourites for fishing, surfing and swimming. Whangamata is home of a legendary left hand break and is also on your journey for this leg. Take a break from driving for a surf or SUP lesson.
TAIRUA TO WAIHI BEACH
Waihi Beach, just 10km from Waihi, offers 9km of sweeping white sand and is one of the safest surf beaches in New Zealand.
Stay at Waihi Beach for 2 nights to give you enough time to explore
the many beautiful sights & indulge in the delicious eating options.
Waihi has a gold mining history spanning three centuries and a local open-pit mine that is still fully operational.
The Ohinemuri River flows through Waihi on its way to the ‘must-do’ Karangahake Gorge. In the gorge you can fish for trout, take walks through old mining tunnels and relics, or cycle the Hauraki Rail Trail.
HOLIDAY PARK: Medium charge at site overnight & between day trips.
Recommended Charge: Charge to 100% overnight