Walking and Cycling Trails – Waihī Beach & Waihī Area

Walking and Cycling Trails – Waihī Beach & Waihī Area

The Waihī Beach and Waihī region is a nature-lovers paradise. With a 10km stretch of ocean beach bordering a harbour, lush bush and rivers, there is an abundance of adventures to be had. Passionate locals work constantly with tangata whenua and councils to develop and maintain trails for us to all experience.

In addition to the incredible Waihī trails and cycle tracks, the magnificent Karangahake Gorge is just a stone’s throw away and rich with mining history and the gateway to the Hauraki Rail Trail.

We invite you to discover the natural beauty of our whenua! Please care for our land as we do, tread lightly and leave only a footprint and a smile!

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Waihī Beach

Over 50km of stunning coastal walks and cycling trails with unrivalled scenery.

Homunga Coastal Track

Walk can be hiked in various sections. An incredible trail along rugged coast and through beautiful bush.
From Ngatitangata Road down to the beach approx 2km down a steep hill to beach.
From Waihī Beach, follow Orokawa track and continue along Orokawa track north to Homunga 18km there and back | allow a full day.

Orokawa Track 3.5km each way | 40 min

At the northern end of the beach, head up the hill and follow the DOC coastal walkway to spectacular Orokawa Bay. Please note there are no rubbish bins, take your own water and no dogs are permitted. There are eco toilets located near Orokawa Beach, off a side track.

Trig to Anzac Bay Cycleway 12km 1 to 2 hr

Cycle along a dedicated cycle path through streets and reserves, along Athenree Estuary and finish in stunning Anzac Bay/Waipaopao.

William Wright Falls Walk 2km return | 45 min

A challenging walk up along the stream from Orokawa Bay and over rocks to the Falls.

Dam Trail 1km | 20 min

Off Pacific Road turn left at the top of the hill to join the loop track around the old Waihī Beach water reservoir. All dogs must stay on a leash.

Trig Trail 3km return | 45 min

The Trig Walk branches off the Reservoir Loop. It takes you through native bush and up 235 steps to a lookout with stunning views over the Western Bay of Plenty.

Forest Loop Trail 6km Return | 2 hr

Return including the Dam and Trig Trail sections. The forest Loop Trail is steep in certain sections.

Bowentown Trig 2km | 1 hr

From Anzac Bay/Waipaopao car park explore the trails around Bowentown headland up to the trig and down to Cave Bay.

Shelly Bay 4km | 2 hr

From Anzac Bay/Waipaopao car park explore the trails around Bowentown headland up to the trig and down to Cave Bay.


Delve into incredible mining history and hike around the giant mine pit, plus check out great mountain biking just out of town.

Pit Rim 4 km Loop | 1 hr

Gravel path around the edge of the Martha gold mine, through parland and native bush. Great views into the open pit and over Waihī. Start and finish at the iSite.

Union Hill & Black Hill Trails 5 km | 2 hr

Gravel paths and dirt/grass tracks take walkers and bikers (shared tracks) through mining heritage features, bush and farmland around Black Hill.

Winner Hill Mountain Bike Trail 2 km | 30 min

Single-track mountain bike trail.

Karangahake Gorge

Bike a section of the famous Hauraki Rail Trail alongside the picturesque Ohinemuri River and through a 1km long mining tunnel. Hike alongside crystal clear rivers and climb Mount Karangahake.

Karangahake Mountain Track 4.5km return | 4 hr

The Mountain Track leads to the summit which will take about 2.5 hours to reach. It becomes steep and exposed near the top. A longer, but less steep route can also be taken via Country Road Track.

Rail Tunnel Loop 2.5 km | 1.5 hr

This flattish walk leads along the river’s edge and through a 1km long historic rail tunnel and on through 19th-century mining features. This trail is shared with bikers so take care. There is limited lighting in tunnel so pays to take a torch.

Windows Walk 2.5 km | 1.5 hr

Walk amongst beautiful scenery and historic mining remnants. Expect some steps, swing bridges and tunnels. Take a torch.

Hauraki Rail Trail

Waihī to Paeroa section. 24 km along the beautiful Ohinemuri River.

Other local Trails

For more information about Karangahake Gorge walks go to doc.govt.nz and for the Hauraki Rail Trail go to haurakirailtrail.co.nz