Waihi Beach

Eats with your beats

Photography: Live Shots Photography Ltd

The iconic music venue, is becoming a big hit with lovers of good food

A summer road trip to a concert at the Waihi Beach Hotel has been something of a rite of passage for young Kiwis for over 40 years now. Split Enz, Dave Dobbyn and Shihad are just some of the artists who have strutted their stuff on the back-room stage and in the big top since the venue opened in 1967. In recent years, it has attracted some of the best international DJs/producers including Chase & Status and Netsky

Not bad for a sleepy seaside town with a population of 3,000 which swells to over 18,000 during the summer. “We get teenagers and 20-somethings, but we also cater for the 35- to 50-year-old crowd,” says general manager Nigel Sanderson. “People love to see bands they grew up listening to.” Now, the hotel’s new owners, the Hip Group, have transformed the place into heaven for foodies and musos alike.

Waihi Beach Hotel
60 Wilson Road,
Waihi Beach,
Bay of Plenty

“We 
get teenagers and 20-somethings, but we also cater for the 35- to 50-year-old crowd”
Nigel Sanderson

Insider Info

Shapeshifter’s Sam Trevethick (guitar and synths) shares his favourite spots

Shapeshifters

WHERE’S YOUR FAVOURITE PLACE TO EAT ON TOUR? 
“Leigh Sawmill Cafe. We go fishing up there and once we’re done hauling in kingfish and hapuka, it’s back to base to make chowder. And the sashimi is the freshest you’ll ever eat.”

YOUR FAVOURITE BEACH? 
“Pakiri Beach.”

AND YOUR FAVOURITE PLACE TO HANG OUT?
“The Waihi Beach Hotel, pre and post gigs. We can chill there before our live show.” Trevethick will be performing with The Peacekeepers and Tiki Taane at the Waihi Beach Hotel on January 9.

 

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Subsix Niyama, Maldives 

The world’s first underwater music club (6m below the surface of the ocean) can only be reached by boat. Watch fish swimming by from the dancefloor. Subsix   

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Chillout, Dubai, UAE 

An ice bar in the desert town: visitors wear hooded parkas and woollen gloves as the room is six degrees below zero. The interior consists of ice, glass and steel. Chillout   

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Baobab Tree Bar, Limpopo, South Africa 

One of the oldest and widest baobab trees in the world (47m round, 1,700 years old) has a bar in its hollowed trunk, holding up to 60 people. Boabab Tree Bar   

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