Waihi is gold mining ‘capitol’ of New Zealand. To this day gold is being extracted from the existing mining allotments. The owners of the mine are seeking consent to mine a ‘new’ field, but at this time the application remains pending.
One of the most famous gold mining towns in New Zealand, gold mining history is apparent everywhere in Waihi. And unlike other parts of the region, this is still very much a gold mining town - with production hidden behind the leafy slopes close to the main street.
Waihi was also a major centre of union unrest in New Zealand during the early years of the 20th century. The 1912 miners' strike led to violence in an incident which still xx some resentment in the town.
Waihi is close to the western end of the Bay of Plenty. The nearby resort town of Waihi Beach, ten kilometres to the east, is often regarded as the westernmost point of the Bay of Plenty region. Waihi Beach is a glorious stretch of 9 kms pristine sand. Waihi Beach is considered one of the safest beaches in the country.
Waihi is an ‘old’ town and is now carefully managing that heritage. The township is attractive and has resort vibrancy about it.
Again, the Anglican Church ( St Johns) has a bold profile.