A trip to Waihi Beach village is the perfect way to spend a Saturday. Or Sunday for that matter and is ideal for when the weather isn’t quite turning on a ‘beach day’. Just 2 hours south of Auckland, an hour and a half from Hamilton and 45mins from Tauranga, you will find an impressive array of stores and eateries throughout this easily walkable village.

Kick off your expedition with an excellent coffee from any one of the 7 eateries dotted along both sides of the main strip, including the Waihi Beach Gallery. Then let the shopping commence!

Women are well catered for with 4 boutique clothing stores including Ava Boutique, Daisy Chain, Molly’s at the Beach, and Ebony Boutique. Younger shoppers can pick up swim, surf and skate wear from The Salty Collective, Harry and Her and Reel n Wave. Bargains can be found at the local Op Shop (raising money for 8 different community groups) and vintage clothing store Flippin’ Nora.

Homewares and gifts abound too, with many stores stocking gorgeous items to complement their core product lines, alongside dedicated homeware stores like the contemporary Sunday Homestore, Fair-Trade store Village People, and the plant lover’s dream that is Inside Out.

The Village has got kids covered too, with stylish children’s store Threads of Mayhem in addition to the cute kids’ toys and activities on offer at the Chemist, Home & Hardware and Village People

Of course, this wouldn’t be a proper Spring issue if we didn’t also mention all the luscious seedlings available at Home & Hardware; just waiting to be scooped up and planted into the vegetable garden.

All this shopping will surely work up an appetite and there are a few ways you can satisfy this. Whether you’re in the mood for a huge burger from Angelo’s, free wifi and the best toasties from Strata Cafe, an excellent pie from the Waihi Beach Bakery, a homely cup of tea and a scone from Rabbit Moon, a vegan burger from The Porch or classic fish & chips from the Wilson Rd Fish & Chip Shop, there is plenty on offer for all tastes.

A visit to The Village wouldn’t be complete without a trip down the lane in search of the cute wee chocolate shop Chez Moi, located next door to Inside Out. Be sure to leave room in the afternoon for one of their delicious made-from-scratch hot chocolates.

If home cooking is your preference, the Butchery, the 4 Square, Beach Grocers and the Liquor Store will meet all your needs.

And finally, when it’s time to rest your well-worn feet, there are plenty of options for finding a place to wind down. Relax with a gorgeous cocktail at the brand-new bespoke bar The Lounge in The Waihi Beach Hotel, sip on an ice-cold lager at Tapas bar La Vie En Rose, or head to the Flatwhite to enjoy sampling from their excellent wine list.

If you’re thinking about making a weekend of it, then consider also slotting in a casual Pilates class at Beach Pilates, or taking the kids for a round of mini golf behind Angelo’s. Brunch at The Surf Shack is a must, as is pizza at The Bowentown, a fabulous kids menu at Beach House Cafe or a saucy pasta at Mazzola’s in The Waihi Beach Hotel. If it is sea views that you are after, consider dining at the Flat White, our top-notch RSA or Bowentown Sport Fishing and Boating Club.

Beauty and Health are well accommodated for with Zoosh or Hairwaves for all hair needs, the Natural Health Shop for homeopathic remedies and Soul Beauty Rooms for all beautician and pampering needs. A massage at Revive is sure to sort out any physical kinks.

Basically, what we’re saying is, there’s so much going on at Waihi Beach that you’ll need to visit again and again, possibly even working up a desire to pop in to one of the local real estate agents.