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Nov 28, 2015 - Waihi Beach

Auckland is a massive city which sprawls out in all directions for loads of miles and encompasses hundreds of islands within the city boundaries and a fair amount of the Tasman Sea. We say this because you would think it would be tricky finding your way out of there. But no, we just looked for State Highway 1 heading south and after rounding a corner a nice big signpost said SH1 South. So off we headed. We arrived at Waihi Beach in late afternoon after a stop off in a town called Thames, which was really quite nice, with loads of cafes in a...

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Jan 22, 2013 - Waihi beach and gold mine

Today was Russ' birthday. He was 84 years young but certainly did not look it. His wife Cath was a "Steel Lady" which judging by the huge diamonds on here fingers she was very successful at it! Marg made a chocolate and raspberry cake and we sang happy birthday. W said our goodbyes and made promises to keep in touch and we dispatched with a piece of cake for our journey. Having already consumed a hearty breakfast of eggs on smoked salmon cooked by our host, we had no room to eat cake. So we set out for a marathon walking day. We started off...

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Apr 7, 2011 - Waihi Beach

Beautiful secluded beach town that not very many people find, it hasn't grown much in fifty years. We stayed at beaches motel and walked across the street in the morning. Picked up lots of shells and visited with a man that was fishing with a torpedo. Actually it was a little torpedo boat that took out about two thousand yards of line from the beach. While we were there he caught four fish. The day before he caught 21 snapper on one set of 22 hooks.

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Dec 17, 2008 - Waihi Beach (2)

I've been very naughty today and done virtually nothing. I feel guilty about it too, because there is a good deal I could have done, but as this is likely to be the last day that I am able to do nothing, that is what I did. Just a load of washing and a quick ride up to the village to buy a new book, other than that I've just been lying in the sun and reading. Nick has faired a little better as he is currently swimming in the sea. I couldn't be bothered. It's been hot, mostly sunny, but windy, especially this afternoon. It makes me nervous...

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Dec 16, 2008 - Mount Maunganui - Waihi Beach

40 miles Quite a toughy today, although it has to be said we were very fortunate with the weather. Dare I complain it was too hot? It was. The rain didn't materialise until early evening after we had fortunately set the tent up, so as I said, very lucky. But it was hot and, for the second half of the ride anyway, quite windy (yes, headwind). Plus it was hilly – 21 hills to be precise, so pretty hard going. We're in a Top 10 camp site here. It's 5 star and very, very nice and pretty quiet too (so far anyway). We're planning on stopping here...

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Jul 9, 2008 - Athenree to Waihi Beach North Island 19th to 20th June 2008.

Sylvia’s Comments It was with reluctance we left this lovely campsite and the hot springs to get back on the road once more. We are now making our way to the Coromandel Peninsula, but first we will stop in Waihi, a gold mining town. In 1878 gold bearing quartz was found on Pukewa Spur, a Maori way point and burial ground, and it soon became famous as the Martha Mine. As with gold findings, tent cities were hurriedly erected and later were replaced with small miner’s cottages. By 1908, Waihi was the fastest growing town in the Auckland...

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