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Best place to live in NZ? Waihi Beach

RODNEY FRANZOI
Last updated 15:00 25/01/2013
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Waihi Beach is the place to live in New Zealand. Thousands of people flock here over the holidays because they know it's awesome!

The lucky ones of us who live here all year round don't need any convincing. Kilometres of beautiful safe east coast beach, great cafes and friendly people make Waihi Beach really special.

It's only a 40-minute trip to Tauranga, it's close to Katikati, Paeroa and Thames and the trip to Hamilton or Auckland isn't long enough for the kids to start asking "are we there yet??"

Even driving to Waihi Beach is fun. Coming from Auckland you go through Paeroa and then the beautiful Karangahake Gorge. You can stop and explore a bit before carrying on to Waihi where you can check out the Martha open cast mine pit. 

Coming from the south, head to Tauranga over the Kaimai ranges. Stop in Tauranga for a coffee before heading north through Katikati before you head off of SH2 down to Waihi Beach.

While staying here you can visit Bowentown, play in the safety of the Tauranga Harbour at Anzac Bay or do some surf casting at Cave Bay or any number of great spots along the beach.

So that's it - Waihi beach is best place to live in New Zealand :)


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