What to do and see in Waihi, North Island: The Best Places and Tips

Waihi is a town in Hauraki District in the North Island of New Zealand, especially notable for its history as a gold mine town. It had a population of 4,527 at the 2013 census.

1. Karangahake Gorge Historic Walkway

State Highway 2, Waihi, New Zealand Outdoor Activities, Nature & Parks, Hiking Trails
Excellent
75%
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4.5 based on 508 reviews

Karangahake Gorge Historic Walkway

Reviewed By LazyDays4Us - Noosa, AustraliaNoosa, Australia

Amazing

This gorge was part of our Hauraki Trail bike ride, loved this. Fantastic experience. Great to look back on what was achieved.

2. Goldfields Railway

Enter a destinationWaihi, New Zealand
Excellent
57%
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37%
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4.5 based on 95 reviews

Goldfields Railway

Reviewed By BeatnikBedouin - Waihi, New ZealandWaihi, New Zealand

A unique, affordable rail experience

Goldfields Railway is part of Waihi's unique heritage experience. Originally built to service the local gold mining industry, the railway became part of the Eastern Main Trunk Line in the 1920s and was in service until the late 1970s. There are some great views along the railway's 6.5 km of track and a great cafe at the end of it.

3. Waihi Martha Mine Pit Rim Walkway

Seddon Street, Waihi 3610, New Zealand Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities, Hiking Trails
Excellent
36%
Good
47%
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4 based on 192 reviews

Waihi Martha Mine Pit Rim Walkway

Reviewed By Numismatist - Folkestone, EnglandFolkestone, England

A man-made Grand Canyon!

Don't miss the interesting walk along at least part of the rim of this vast open-cast gold mine. The old Cornish engine house and the huge CAT dumper truck are the highlights.

4. Gold Discovery Centre

126 Seddon Street, Waihi 3610, New Zealand Museums, Specialty Museums
Excellent
55%
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35%
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4.5 based on 77 reviews

Gold Discovery Centre

Reviewed By Allgoodthyngs - Shrewsbury, United KingdomShrewsbury, United Kingdom

Pay in Gold!

Rather an expensive fee to enter this small interactive centre. Although we learnt a lot and enjoyed what we saw, it felt like a bit of a sting having been charged so much to enter.The staff here are wonderful and will help with all sorts of Tourism enqui

5. Spike's Bricks & Models

25 Haszard Street, Waihi 3610, New Zealand Museums, Specialty Museums
Excellent
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5 based on 8 reviews

Spike's Bricks & Models

Reviewed By Wendy R

Family Fun

What a surprise this place was, Spikes enthusiasm for Lego was contagious! We all had soooo much fun learning about Lego and viewing the displays. They were well thoughtout and presented so many different types of Lego. We hadn't realised there was so man

6. Victoria Battery Tramway & Museum Society

Waihi 3641, New Zealand Museums, Specialty Museums
Excellent
54%
Good
34%
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4.5 based on 32 reviews

Victoria Battery Tramway & Museum Society

Reviewed By Jane P - Auckland, New ZealandAuckland, New Zealand

Silent now but thunderous before

Driving past the site reveals a few derelict remains of what was once a huge industrial site.Only after the trip inside the museum and learning of it's size and operation can you appreciate the impact this place had in Waihi.Not really suitable for the ve

7. Waihi i-SITE Visitor Information Centre

126 Seddon Street, Waihi, New Zealand Traveler Resources, Visitor Centers
Excellent
52%
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4.5 based on 25 reviews

Waihi i-SITE Visitor Information Centre

Reviewed By Isabell8785 - Tauranga, New ZealandTauranga, New Zealand

Great infoematiln

We went here to get our hut passes for a hike but stuck a little bit here with all those interesting information about he mines. A pity that it cost so much to do the tour, so we haven't done it. Great basic stuff though a very well set up!

8. Waihi Arts Centre & Museum

54 Kenny St Waihi, Waihi 3641, New Zealand Museums, Art Museums
Excellent
43%
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49%
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8%
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4.5 based on 23 reviews

Waihi Arts Centre & Museum

Reviewed By johnj965 - Auckland, New ZealandAuckland, New Zealand

A Spooky Building

If you have made the effort to climb the hill to see the Martha Gold Mine, then you may as well check this building out,as you will walk passed it anyway. When we visited, it was a damp and very overcast day which gave the building a dark foreboding look,

9. Waihi

35 Seddon St, Waihi, Waihi 3610, New Zealand Outdoor Activities, Nature & Parks, Biking Trails
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5 based on 3 reviews

Waihi

Reviewed By MamaBearOz - Adelaide, AustraliaAdelaide, Australia

Take a hike on a bike

Waihi Bike Hire provides excellent, comfortable bikes, well-maintained and at an affordable cost. Your hosts are respectful, helpful, and just downright good kiwis. My daughter, her bloke and I took off on three trail bikes to head down the Hauraki Rail T

10. Over the Top Adventures

1 Surrey Street, Waihi 3610, New Zealand Other
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5 based on 2 reviews

Reviewed By love_travelling1985 - Auckland, New ZealandAuckland, New Zealand

Mountain biking - Very good value for money for 'Cycle escapes'

Friendly guy, very flexible as to where you want to start and finish, he'll start where you want to start from and pick you up when you've finished! All at a very reasonable price. Would highly recommend. Do the 'Railway ride' trail at the Karangahake Gor

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