Update - October 7

Posted by Go Waihi on 07/10/2011

Wow, what a week. The RWC juggernaut rolls on, there are lots of visitors taking advantage of the beautiful country we call home and even the weather has been better than expected. We’re just a few weeks away from the first long weekend in over 4 months and people seem to have a positive outlook at the moment. Long may it last. Here come the school holidays and there’s no excuse to be bored around Waihi.

From 9 am tommorow you're in for a treat with our Annual Market Day downtown in Waihi. Check out all the sales and specials through town, it's an ideal time to get some fantastic bargains, and maybe win the $1,000 Pot of Gold. There’s the bouncy castle and rides for the kids, some great entertainment through the morning, with music down town, a local's stage with Waihi Glee, Wella Tasma's Women's Choir, Waihi's Got Talent winners, Rachael and Dylan Schmidt, New Zealand’s Trampoline Champs with a demonstration and more.

The Trolley Derby’s arrived. Tomorrow at 12.30, down Haszard St they go, around into Seddon St to the finish line. We always get some interesting entries so come and check the action. You still have time, just, to enter. Word is the Emergency Services Challenge between the Fire Service and Police Bluelight – are the Ambo’s going to ambush on the day – will create a stir.

With so many options on offer through the month, a programme’s a must to keep up with things. There’s lots on through the school holidays and whether you’re a local or a visitor, you’re welcome to take part. That’s the idea, have FUN. See what’s on offer around the Waihi region. In just 31 days we have over 70 events and activities.
Download the Goldfest 2011 programme.

We’re talking model boats, ships, yachts, steam boats and war ships, some and they’re always to have a chat about their passion too. Take a picnic, maybe a book or a game or two and enjoy the great setting.

How many Crunchie Bars are in the windows through downtown Waihi? From New World to the visitor centre, shop windows have Crunchie Bars hidden in them. Count them all, and put your guess on to the entry forms available around town. We have 3 prizes from New World for the closest guesses.

It’s a Pot of Gold, 1,000 $1 coins, and it could be yours if you shop downtown in Waihi in October. Just make a purchase at participating stores, pop your details into the box with proof of purchase, and, well, that’s it. You’re in the draw. Shop in Waihi and good luck.

Good luck if you’ve entered the XTerra Trail Challenge tomorrow. Based at Dickeys Flat in the Karangahake Gorge, it’s a very scenic course. And good luck to Waihi playing Blockhouse Bay in the annual Martin Barber Memorial Football Match. Kick off’s at 1 pm at Morgan Park tomorrow. Monday and it’s the very popular Sport Waikato run Amazing Race with a rugby around the world theme. You can watch and have a go at Maori carving outside the Waihi Memorial Hall too.

Through the week there’re golf croquet and association croquet open days, the Goldfields Railway special train trip, geckos live and close up, alongside gold panning with Newmont Waihi Gold outside the Waihi Memorial Hall, a picnic at Gilmour Lake and Beyond the Pit tours with Waihi Goldmine Tours. There are give it a go days with surfing, tennis, basketball and multi sports with Waihi Sport N Action. And that’s just some of what’s on in the next week. Get into it and take advantage of everything that’s on offer.

HERE’S A THOUGHT: Keep your eye on the ball, your shoulder to the wheel, your nose to the grindstone, your feet on the ground, your head on your shoulders … now try to get something done.