A self-guided tour allows you to explore the photographic museum, view a video presentation, discover mining relics, see steam-powered machines, & become acquainted with our Cave Weta colony. Try your luck at gold panning! Allow at least 40 minutes for your visit. No need to book ahead, unless there are over ten in your group.
The visitors centre is at the back of Thames, although there are a number of walking tracks in this large Valley to choose from from full day to many short, 1-2 hour walks. Checkout their website for more details. Additionally, the visitors centre is running some special twilight walks, gold panning, gum polishing and other
60 minutes, 60km, passing through Paeroa and the famous Karangahake Gorge which is a wonderland for mountain bikes and trampers. Waihi township has shopping, refreshments and gold mining tours. 10km further south is our destination, Waihi beach. Delightful white sand and safe swimming that has become a kiwi favourite. At the southern end of Waihi