Eats with your beats
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,
Bay of Plenty
Shapeshifter’s Sam Trevethick (guitar and synths) shares his favourite spots
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?
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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