Wai­w­era

Its nat­u­ral hot wa­ter sup­ply at­tracts vis­i­tors

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Wai­w­era is a beach­front re­sort sand­wiched be­tween the Wen­der­holm Re­gional Park and Wai­w­era Hill. It en­joys a safe swim­ming beach and large tidal es­tu­ary which is great for swim­ming, boat­ing and bird life. Tucked right against the steep cliff-face is a camp­ing ground, and over­look­ing the beach is one of Rod­ney’s first apart­ment blocks. While it is a par­tic­u­larly at­trac­tive beach, it is the area’s sup­ply of hot wa­ter that makes this such a sought-af­ter place to live. The first guest house to take ad­van­tage of th­ese ther­mal wa­ters was opened by Robert Gra­ham in 1848 – New Zealand’s first spa fa­cil­ity. More than 50 bed­rooms were added to the orig­i­nal build­ing, along with a 400 me­tre wharf, with pea­cocks, cro­quet lawns, a bowl­ing green, ten­nis courts and for­mal gar­dens. It was all de­stroyed by fire in 1939. The present Wai­w­era In­fin­ity Ther­mal Spa Re­sort op­er­ates the hot pools and wa­ter slides. They also of­fer a well­ness cen­tre, spa fa­cilites and health ser­vices seven days a week. Across the road is a restau­rant and mini golf. The en­trance to Wai­w­era also has a dis­tinc­tive mo­tel of­fer­ing ac­com­mo­da­tion, and a small dairy. Wai­w­era is only a few min­utes north of Orewa, and vis­i­tors can walk from Wai­w­era to the Wen­der­holm Re­serve, per­haps paus­ing on the way at the pull-off area by the bridge pop­u­lar with ven­dors sell­ing fresh fruit and fish from their road­side ve­hi­cles.

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