Soaking up the sun and sand at Waihi Beach seems so long ago now, when we are stuck with rain and gloomy skies here in Auckland. So it’s the perfect time to look back and reminisce on our time in Waihi Beach. I love holidaying in new places each time, as it gives us the opportunity to explore another part of our beautiful country.
It was the first time that my family and I have visited Waihi Beach and I was completely blown away. The array of shops and cafes, were endless, and really good variety. The sun was out and holiday makers everywhere walking the main street stopping at shops and cafes and enjoying the sunshine. I will take you through some of the lovely shop’s and cafes that we have visited whilst down there.
The first store we looked at was Shipshape it is a great boutique store in the heart of Waihi beach village. They sell beautiful clothing and Balinese designer homeware’s. I couldn’t get photos of inside the store purely because it was so busy with customers! That’s a good sign right!
To the side of this store you can make your way through to The Secret Garden, which is set amongst lush tropical plants, and they have beautiful authentic Balinese seating areas for you to relax in, enjoy a cup of coffee from The Pod, which serves amazing coffee’s and chai lattes and their food is top-notch, with healthy salads on offer and raw delights. The Secret Garden also has live music playing which really gives the atmosphere something special. You can still do a bit of shopping here too, there is a little pottery shop and art space where you can pick up some great original paintings.
It was a great to take some time out with the kids and sit back and relax for a bit, before we hit the shops again!
We stopped at Molly’s at the Beach next. Again, another great store where you can find some pretty good pieces including swimwear.
Further along the road you will come across The French Shop or Au bord de la mer: The French Shop At The Seaside. Here you will find amazing french inspired homeware. I could have spent a long time in this shop just looking around but the kids were standing with their faces pressed to the window, not impressed how long I was taking!
Another great shop that we found which was tucked away in the back behind a lot of the shops was called Inside Out. You had to walk along a driveway to get to it. This shop was my kinda shop too, they had modern gifts and plants for inside and out! If you know me well, you would know I love plants!
Last but not least was another homeware store called Sunday. It had some fabulous modern pieces in there, I was eyeing up a few things! By this stage though the family had left me and started making their way to the car, that was a signal for me to hurry up!
We are on to the good stuff now FOOD!! You guys know I love food, from preparing it (most of the time) to eating it (all the time). Food brings people together, and I love a place where you can get sit back relax and enjoy good food. On the second night of our stay in Athenree, we knew the All Blacks rugby game against Australia was on, so we needed to find somewhere with a big screen TV and food. The campground had a big TV but not a lot of room for everyone, and we didn’t really want to cook that night. So we headed to the Waihi Beach RSA, no better place, except everyone had the same idea as us! The place was packed, and I have to say the food was really good too, we enjoyed our time there, great atmosphere and views looking out over Waihi Beach.
If you are looking for a great spot for lunch then look no further than the Flatwhite. The restaurant is situated right on the beach, it has the perfect location, where you can grab a bite to eat then head on down to the beach! The kids meals were pretty decent sizes too which is great when you get value for money. I had the smashed avocado, poached egg with rye toast and a side of bacon (which I must admit I found paying $5 for two pieces of bacon pretty expensive), Adam had the creamy mushrooms on toast.
A visit to the beach would not be complete without an ice cream, and what better place than to stop at the Waihi Beach Hotel. The ice creams here are incredible, I had the coconut ice cream and Adam had the berry yoghurt scoop, he was not too keen on sharing a cone!
Waihi Beach is by far one of my favourite town’s and we will definitely visit here often. We absolutely loved our Labour Weekend camping trip, and this is what a great holiday is all about, good food, good company and good times.