Discovering Waihi in the North Island, New Zealand

Oh how things go in circles.

Growing up we lived on a dairy farm.  I certainly didn’t get involved too heavily in farm life.  I enjoyed huts made in the hayshed, jungle adventures in a small patch of bush, island adventures involving our para pool, numerous hours playing house, restaurant and shop, helping feed calves, helping feed out, washing down the yard but avoiding the cowshed when the cows were there.

At the age of 12 we left the farm and became “townies”.  This life I could relate to with shops and NO cows!

Fast forward 25 years and I am now married and we have children of our own.  For a family holiday what do we do? – Go and stay with friends on a dairy farm!!  What is really crazy is my husband Campbell and son Alex, nearly 10, love the farm life-style.  Daughter Kate (13) and myself are townies through and through.

The major bonus of this farm is – it is in Waihi.  There is so much to see and do around the area that I thought I would let you know what we have discovered.

The most beautiful place I love is Whiritoa.  Only 20 minutes drive from Waihi on the road to Whangamata, our friends took us to a lovely lagoon.  The golden sand was a major for our Taranaki bred children as we only have black sand.  All around the Waihi area we couldn’t get over the amount of shells.

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