Our Beautiful Coast

You choose how active (or lazy) you want to be. From the open golden sand of Waihi Beach, to the gentle waters of the inner harbour, we've got everything it takes for serious surfing, safe swimming or simply lounging on the warm sand.

Waihi Beach

A beautiful nine kilometres of golden sand and one of the safest surf beaches in New Zealand, it's a place you'll return to time and time again. Laze on the beach, swim in the patrolled surf or try something a little more adventurous like boogie boarding, surfing, or kayaking.

Bowentown

At the southern end of Waihi Beach the towering Bowentown heads divide the Pacific Ocean from Anzac Bay. The bay is safe for children with calm water and attractive parks and there's rock-fishing and a boat ramp. Climb up to the lookout on the old Maori pa site for stunning 360° views of the Pacific Ocean, Tauranga Harbour and Waihi Beach or climb down to Cave Bay and explore the caves and cliffs.

Whiritoa

Escape to solitude and peacefulness. Whiritoa Beach is surrounded by beautiful scenery, and renowned for its surfing and beach fishing. A lagoon at the northern end of the beach offers safe swimming for children.