This scenic heritage railway runs between Waihi and Waikino, carrying its passengers through historic gold mining countryside. Operating on either steam or diesel, it winds through rugged forest areas where original remnants of 19th century gold mining can still be seen today.
The train stops at the delightful Waikino Café and there are extra rides on holidays and weekends. A great day out for all the family at reasonable prices.
Waihi Arts Centre and Museum
The Museum features displays and artifacts showcasing the fascinating gold mining history of the Waihi area.
The museum is open daily and incorporates an art gallery and souvenir shop.
Martha Gold Mine Tours
Dating back to the 1800s when Waihi was a gold mining boomtown, Martha mine is still operating today, yielding more than a million dollars worth of gold and silver a week, although the open-pit mine that exists today is very different from the maze of underground shafts that operated in the early days.
Tours are available from Monday to Friday and bookings are essential. Contact Waihi Visitors Centre.
When Athenree Homestead Trust Inc was formed in 1996, the vision of restoring a rare and historic settler homestead became a reality, since then ‘Athenree’ has been partially bought back to its former glory days of the 1870’s. The house was built by Capt. Hugh & Mrs Adela Stewart in 1878, who with their 9 year old son traveled on the sailing ship ‘Lady Jocelyn’ to New Zealand, to help form the only planned Irish settlement in the world. The preservation of such a building is paramount to our national history and particularly future generations.
360 Athenree Road
Western Bay of Plenty,
Open 10am – 4pm to the public on the first Sunday of the month and every Sunday in January and February.