The extremely diverse topography of the Waihi region provides a rich playground for all to enjoy. Whether it's the stunning beauty of the Karangahake Gorge, getting out into bush clad hills or just relaxing on the beautiful white-sand of Waihi Beach, the Waihi region is a great place to appreciate what New Zealand's outdoors has to offer. Waihi has strong community development initiatives in place, including those supporting culture and heritage, the arts and fitness and well-being.

Our gold-mining heritage is embraced and on display side-by side with current mining using modern-day extraction methods. Just one of the reasons Waihi is New Zealands 'Heart of Gold' - alongside the amazing Martha Gold Mine. Exploring the town you'll find evidence of it’s golden past from the Cornish Pumphouse and replica Poppet head to the bronze statues, restored historic buildings and interesting displays. Only metres from the centre of town, you can walk right to the edge of Waihi's huge open pit gold mine. The Pit Rim Walkway leads from the town centre to viewing platforms, which offer stunning views of both the pit and the surrounding countryside. The company conducts regular tours of the site.

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