Waihī Beach Stormwater Update

May 21, 2024|

This update is provided by Western Bay of Plenty District Council.  The flash flooding on 29 May last year had a devastating impact on many people in Waihī Beach. Significant rainfall was unable to drain [...]

Making a friendly space for elders in Waihī Beach

May 6, 2024|

Trudy Van Stee is in her happy place - behind the drums at a music afternoon with about 20 members of A Friends Place. She’s surprised to be Volunteering Services’ Volunteer of the Month, but [...]

Waihī Beach’s Autumn Market

April 12, 2024|

Discover Waihī Beach's Inaugural Autumn Market Celebrate the season at Waihī Beach’s Inaugural Autumn Market. Join us from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm on April 27th at the Waihī Beach Saturday Farmer’s Market, located at [...]

Summer Snap Photo Competition Wrap Up

March 26, 2024|

A Visual Fiesta of Fun and Sun | #waihibeachsummersnap What a sizzling summer it's been, and our Snap Summer Photo Competition certainly captured the heat. With 180 plus incredible entries, the public had the tough [...]


January 19, 2024|

BY VICKI LAMBERT Waihī Beach boasts not only stunning ocean views, but also a diverse array of playgrounds that cater to the young and young at heart. From sandy shores to grassy play areas, [...]

Photo Competition

January 15, 2024|

Snap Summer and be in to Win! Show us your Waihī Beach Summer Photos & be in to WIN a limited edition summer prize pack valued at over $400: Prize: $150 Flatwhite Voucher 1 x [...]


January 9, 2024|

By Cindy Clare ‘Community care and hard work’ values were instilled in the Gattung sisters from a very young age. These principles are evident today, with Angela and Theresa Gattung’s significant achievements in both the [...]


January 9, 2024|

The Story of Waihi Beach Lifeguard Service. BY NATALIE LLOYD Arguably we boast one of the most beautiful coastlines of New Zealand’s North Island, stretching 10km from the north end to Bowentown. Waihī Beach [...]


December 3, 2023|

On Saturday December 2nd the Anzac Bay | Waipaopao Summer Kick-Off Festival delivered a magical day in the popular picturesque Bay! A free event that provides an opportunity for the community to come together before [...]


November 3, 2023|

Be in to WIN 12 x 150g packs of Eta Ripples* to share with your pals! Support Surf Life Saving New Zealand this summer with Eta Ripples Chips. For every Eta Ripples Ready Salted, Chicken [...]

Celebrating 60 years

October 12, 2023|

By Vicki Lambert As a significant milestone approaches, the Bowentown Boating & Sport Fishing Club is gearing up to commemorate its 60th anniversary with an exciting weekend, filled with festivities and engaging activities. This occasion [...]

The Sound of Summer

October 11, 2023|

By Liam Ryan Photo Credit: Lousie Lambert ANZAC Bay/Waipaopao Summer Kick-off Festival Saturday 2nd December 2023 - 2pm - 6pm ANZAC Bay, Waihī Beach The sound of music will herald the arrival of summer [...]

Black Ferns 7’s Come to Town

October 1, 2023|

By Rachael Coll A day that will surely go down in our school’s history books. We had the extraordinary privilege of hosting the esteemed NZ Black Ferns 7’s team. Their visit epitomised camaraderie and inspiration. [...]

An update on The Great White Project

October 1, 2023|

By Dr Riley Elliott Well what a summer that wasn't LOL. But the Great White Project made a very successful first season thanks to the massive community support from the greater Waihi region. People who [...]

Billy Thrupp Tackles World Fly Fishing Championships in Slovakia

September 11, 2023|

Billy Thrupp is a well-known identity around Waihi Beach for his plumbing skills, café hopping and his gregarious personality. He is so much more than that; through his passionate interest in fly fishing. That [...]

Katie Patrick of Whitewash Interiors

July 24, 2023|

Meet Katie Patrick of Whitewash Interiors, a locally based interior designer, whose key focus is to create timeless spaces that evoke a positive sensory response. Katie’s passion for interior design grew during her time at [...]

Welcome to Nature School at The Nest

July 24, 2023|

By Kas Craw and Kathy Broadhead Nature School at The Nest has developed from a beautiful collaboration of likeminded wahine with a passion for our future generations and the future of Mother Earth. Kas Craw [...]

Waihī Beach Winter Wind Back

July 24, 2023|

By Cindy Clare with input from Maurice Campbell, Donna and Colin ‘Butch’ Mayor In its heyday in the 1950s & 60s, the Waihī Beach north end, fondly referred to as ‘the main’, was positively buzzing. [...]

Camille Betham & Associates

July 23, 2023|

Camille Betham moved to Athenree two years ago with her husband Peter, when they bought an avocado orchard. Camille has never looked back, “It’s pure bliss living here,” she says. She loves the serenity that [...]

Tourelle Life Brokers

July 23, 2023|

Andre and Karen Tourelle (also known as Kaz and Oscar) moved to Waihī Beach 8 years ago and along with that move, relocated their thriving business, Tourelle Life Brokers. The team expanded to a trio [...]

Situations Vacant – Events Coordinator

July 19, 2023|

Part-Time Events & Promotions Team Member Do you have a passion and vision for Waihī Beach? The role of Events Coordinator is responsible for delivering several events ranging from small, such as Business After 5 [...]

Waihī Beach Community Events & Promotions 2023 AGM

July 12, 2023|

Date: July 26th 2023 / 6.00pm Location: The Flatwhite Original Who are Waihī Beach Community Events & Promotions? We are a passionate group of local volunteers and two part-time (paid) coordinators, who work to showcase [...]

Manic Tackle 2023 – National Fly Fishing Championships

June 19, 2023|

Written By Nicky Mowat Photo Credit Cory Scott Billy Thrupp is a well-known identity around Waihi Beach for his plumbing skills, café hopping and his gregarious personality. He is so much more than that; through [...]

Local Chocolatier Ines Hasler

March 29, 2023|

Swiss chocolatier Ines Hasler only intended to visit Waihī Beach to test the surf break. Now, she lives five minutes’ walk from the sea and five minutes’ walk from the tiny artisan chocolate shop that [...]

Creative Waves

March 28, 2023|

We have many artists living in Waihi Beach and its surrounds. Not all have studios that are open to the public, but we talk to a few who do. Most of these artists have all [...]

Predator Free Waihī Beach

March 28, 2023|

Predator Free Waihī Beach is a community led, backyard trapping initiative that aims to bring native birds back to our region. As a result of this initiative, 1,398 pests have been eradicated from Waihī Beach [...]

Victoria Lemon

March 28, 2023|

Transform Today is a community based gym where everybody is made to feel that they have a place to feel they belong, feel comfortable, welcome and valued. This dedication to the community is illustrated by [...]

Waihī Beach Gallery

March 28, 2023|

After five years of holidaying at Waihī Beach, Nita and Alex Robertson decided to settle here permanently. They fell in love with the beautiful beach, the amazing climate and its close proximity to surrounding towns [...]

Bayleys Real Estate

March 27, 2023|

Bayleys Real Estate moved into premises in Waihī Beach Village, late October 2022. Craig Sandlant is the ambassador for the relatively new Bayley’s office at Waihī Beach. He has worked in real estate for fourteen [...]


March 8, 2023|

It was 20 years ago that town promoters from Katikati, Waihi, Paeroa and Te Aroha came together, with the support of Sport Waikato, to develop an event that would showcase the natural beauty and [...]

Paws on the Shores – Rookie Pooch Photo Competition 2023

February 20, 2023|

Send us a photo of your dog loving life at Waihī Beach and be in to win! Competition Terms & Conditions Entries are accepted between 7pm 21st February 2023 and 12 noon 2nd of March [...]


February 8, 2023|

The Tall Poppy trio team are delighted to now be based in the heart of Waihī Beach village, after opening their new storefront on Wilson Road. Chris, Rosina and Desley came together through their passion [...]


February 7, 2023|

Something for everyone Located in the sunny Bay of Plenty, at the northern end of Tauranga Harbour, Waihi Beach offers a wide variety of places to cruise, fish, water-ski or simply “mess about” in boats. [...]


February 7, 2023|

Waihī Beach’s beloved Secret Garden has long attracted locals and visitors for its lush ambience and delish coffee, but this year has seen The Garden evolve with renewed energy and spirit. This has all been [...]

Athenree Homestead

February 7, 2023|

The beautifully rebuilt and restored Athenree Homestead that stands sentinel on Athenree Road today is a far cry from the dilapidated, crumbling shell that many long-term residents might remember. It was the vision of a [...]


January 24, 2023|

Jess Ellis is the creative behind Ranger Studio. After majoring in Fine Arts at Whitecliffe, Jess wanted to create a space — an environment to cater for all creative needs, while inspiring people to gather, [...]


December 22, 2022|

India Bevin was born in New Zealand, but spent much of her life in Spain. Living in the Basque region for eight years, India immersed herself in the rich and vibrant culture of the country and [...]


December 6, 2022|

BEACH WHEELCHAIRS: Waihi Beach is proud to offer two beach wheelchairs FREE of charge to the public for use on our beaches.  These chairs were kindly donated by a beach resident and local real estate [...]


August 12, 2022|

Lichelle’s philosophy is simple yet pivotal ... take care of your inner health and you will flourish. Lichelle has always had an interest in nutritional wellbeing, but after overcoming a personal health challenge, as well [...]


July 19, 2022|

The lifestyle at Waihi Beach is motivated by a love of the ocean and the coast, so it is only natural that surfing is so popular in the area. Although it is considered an individual [...]


May 20, 2022|

Kia Ora Koutou. My name is Olivia. I moved to Waihi Beach about eight months ago. In February, I opened up the doors of my yoga business at the main end beach - by [...]

Mandip – GAS Waihi Beach

May 9, 2022|

Mandip was a teacher and sportsman in India. Being born and brought up in a multicultural Indian society, he likes to participate in many different cultural events and meet new people. New Zealand’s multicultural environment [...]

Bowentown Beach Holiday Park opens Froth..

May 2, 2022|

Mike and Bec Crosby both spent many summers camping as kids and totally understand that classic kiwi campground experience. At the Bowentown Holiday Park, their home and business since 2018, they work tirelessly to create [...]


April 7, 2022|

Check out the activities on offer these April school holidays!  Indoor & outdoor fun for all. Wed 20  Nature Kids Holiday program, The Nest & Nature Library.  9am-3pm.  Details here: Creative kids workshop, Ranger [...]


March 2, 2022|

Just over a year ago, Matt and Angela LeeMackay sold their Tauranga based group housing company. The opportunity to be closer to their six children, as well as getting tired of the commuting, they took [...]


February 23, 2022|

The team at Waihi Beach Community Events & Promotions know how much locals and visitors to Waihi Beach love their four-legged friends, and so we had planned to bring you a wonderful family dog show. [...]


January 19, 2022|

Anne from Revive Massage, believes the balance between emotional, physical and spiritual is key to one’s wellbeing. Moving to Waihi Beach in 1973, Anne has worked in various fields, including being a Councillor for 10 [...]


November 29, 2021|

BEACH PILATES Jonti Batchelor’s journey to founding local business, Beach Pilates, is one of personal empowerment which saw her taking her health and wellbeing into her own hands, while discovering a new passion and career direction. Beach [...]

My Learning Solutions & Mags Cabs

November 15, 2021|

Margaret Clarke (Mags), has always followed her gut instinct and forged her own path.  From travelling across the Trans-Siberian route in the early 1980s to living on a remote Northern Territory island of Milingimbi just [...]

The Nest Waihi Beach

October 26, 2021|

The Nest is a nature space in the centre of Waihi Beach, created by Kas and Nic. With the Bay of Plenty as their home, they were drawn to Waihi Beach for its beach and [...]


October 13, 2021|

Ahu Aromas is local business, started by locals Katie, a qualified aromatherapist and Gaylene, who has a deep understanding of natural oils. Ahu means to ‘tend, foster, nurture, treat’ which embodies Katie’s and Gaylene’s philosophy [...]

Willy is Back!

July 25, 2021|

The Secret Garden opens its doors for its latest transformation into a café & Tiki bar by the garden’s original creator, Willy Postma. A colourful dynamic dynamo, would be an apt description for the new [...]

Fresh Air Fun – in the rain or sun..

July 11, 2021|

Local Teresa Qualtrough shares a few ideas to keep the children happy these school holidays when the weather isn’t so surf and sand friendly. Winter in the Western Bay sees plenty of crisp sunny days [...]

June Long Weekend 2021

May 30, 2021|

Who can't wait for the long weekend!? Get out fishing, get brave in the annual polar plunge, help clean up the beach and head out for some live music.. Waihi Beach has some cool events [...]


April 27, 2021|

A BUMPER HARVEST As we bid farewell to the final shreds of summer, the veggie garden rewards us with its autumn harvest. Here at The Falls Retreat, this means that we are fully into pickling, [...]

Q & A with Gary Alway / LJ Hooker

April 12, 2021|

Gary Alway, owner of LJ Hooker tells us a bit about what drew him to the area and his love of community! Hi Gary, tell us a little about yourself, how long you’ve lived at [...]

Meet the Locals – Baked Boutique

February 27, 2021|

Loaded Brownies, Lemon Apricot Fudge Slice, Ginger Chocolate Caramel Hybrid, and Meringues.. are just some of Karly Gallagher's sweet “arsenal”. From personal experience we can assure that to find the best sweet treats this side [...]

John and Nathan’s Dog Soap

February 18, 2021|

Meet John and Nathan Graham, 8 and 6, who started making dog and puppy soap during lockdown. Looking for a way to earn pocket money, the brothers created two plant-based soaps designed to “keep the [...]

Meet the Locals – Good Sorts Food Truck

February 16, 2021|

After a brief fling with us last summer, we are very excited to see the return of locals Jon and Holly and the Good Sorts food truck. With a simple menu that’s easy to choose [...]

Meet the Locals – Pirates of Bohemia

February 16, 2021|

Pirates of Bohemia For the fifth summer running, the much-loved Pirates of Bohemia collective has “popped up” here at Waihi Beach. This year you’ll find them in a clever shipping container-come-gazebo ensemble in the grounds [...]

Two Young Chefs – Meet Ari and Damo

February 11, 2021|

Can you live in paradise and have a career too? Yes! Finding a career in a small rural beach community can be a real challenge, but not so for the team at Flatwhite. Once a [...]

Total Mayhem

January 26, 2021|

Hi Ladies. Tell us a little about yourselves and Threads of Mayhem? We are a mother-daughters team made up of Matriarch Penny, Kasey and Sam. Threads of Mayhem stocks a large selection of independent children's clothing, accessories and [...]

The Local HUB

November 11, 2020|

Hi Amy! Tell us a little about yourself and how long you’ve owned the Waihi Beach Hotel. I’m a born and raised Waihi Beach local, mum of Charli (6) and Max (4) and one of [...]

Spread the FREELOVE

November 10, 2020|

Hi Guys! Tell us a little about yourselves and Freelove Farms please. We are Josh and Amber. Josh is a nature-man from Canada, and a landscaper by trade. I am a resourceful dabbler and natural [...]


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