Explore the Area
Eat, Explore and Experience
Links and Recommendations
If you are coming to enjoy the marvels of the North Island, this is the way to do it! Poets Corner Lodge is within a 1.5 hour drive (or less) of five of the North Islands most amazing places to experience, so you’ll only have to unpack once!
We have compiled a list of some of the top places to see, things to do and where to eat in the area.
Experience the magic of Hobbiton
In the heart of New Zealand, you can step into the lush pastures of the Shire, as featured in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies. Only a 1 hour 25 minute drive from Poets Corner Lodge
Explore the Karangahake Gorge
The Karangahake Gorge is on State Highway 2 between Paeroa and Waihi and combines gold mining history and natural beauty, much of it accessible through a variety of walks.
Hauraki Rail Trail
The 145km trail is the easiest cycle trail in New Zealand to ride with the longest tunnel 1.1Km and showcases some of the best scenery New Zealand has to offer, from the Pohutukawa trees on the Thames Coast, through lush green Waikato farm lands, to areas rich in pioneering history..
Breathtaking Waihi Beach
A 9km stretch of inviting sand, Waihi Beach is on one of New Zealand’s safest surf beaches and home to a bustling and friendly beachside community. Numerous walking and cycle tracks showcase some of the very best country in the Bay of Plenty.
Waihi Produce Market
The Waihi Beach Fresh Produce Market happens every Sunday in summer from Labour weekend (late October) until Easter opposite the Waihi Beach Hotel between 9am and 12 noon.
The stunning staircase Owharoa Falls are nestled in the heart of the Karangahake Gorge. Ideal for a picnic stop.
Waihi Beach RSA (Returned Armed Services Association)
Nestled on the hillside overlooking Waihi Beach, the RSA is the
Perfect location for homestyle lunch or dinner at Gunners View Restaurant with a la Carte and Blackboard menus.
Porch Kitchen & Bar
Resurrected as an even better restaurant after a fire, Waihi Beach’s buzziest combo of cafe and bar serves sophisticated and substantial mains.
Flat White Cafe
Funky, licensed (to serve alcohol) and right by Waihi Beach, Flatwhite has a lively brunch menu, decent pizzas and flash burgers. A recent makeover has added huge decks with brilliant ocean views.