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Team Beach Mamas won the sand modelling portion of the competition in last year’s scavenger hunt. Photo: SUPPLIED

Beach-side scavenger hunt returns

The eagerly anticipated ‘Waihī Beach Scavenger Hunt’ is set to make its triumphant return on Auckland Anniversary weekend, January 27 and 28, 2024.

Organised by Waihī Beach Events & Promotions, the free event promises an exhilarating experience for the entire family while showcasing the charm of the picturesque beachside town. 

A maximum of 100 teams can participate, comprising up to five individuals aged 16 years and older. An unlimited number of support crew under the age of 16 are additionally welcomed to each team.

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“This free community event is not just about the thrill of the hunt; it’s an invitation for families

and teams to uncover the lesser-known treasures that dot the stunning landscape of Waihī

Beach,” events coordinator Matt Nicholson said. 

“The Scavenger Hunt encourages participants to not only crack the clues but also explore the hidden gems scattered throughout our beautiful beachside town. With the support of our generous sponsors, it promises a weekend filled with competition, discovery, and creativity.”

Participants will navigate through twelve clues and challenges scattered across Waihī Beach. Teams must creatively display their solutions on Instagram through captivating photos. 

Those who successfully solve all twelve clues qualify for the chance to be selected as one of the three teams for the ‘Dig Off’ finale, with the winning teams walking away with cash prizes of $750, $500, or $250, courtesy of the generous sponsorship from Raine & Horne Waihī Beach.

Details: Registrations are now open and are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. For detailed information and registration, visit