Update - April 13

Posted by Go Waihi on 13/04/2012

I hope you enjoyed your Easter break. Whether you stayed put or did some travelling, you’d have to say it was good to get a few days together to do your own thing. Funny really, but we’re still enjoying quite moderate temperatures, and yet the shortest day is just under 10 weeks away. A winter holiday to break that four and a half month gap between Queen’s Birthday and Labour Day is something to think about. Time for some reminders of things coming up.

We’re pleased to be part of the ECHO Walking Festival, which is in full swing, with Dame Susan Devoy ‘opening’ the first walk on the 10th. From the Kaimai’s to the Coromandel, we’re surrounded by stunning countryside, and you’ve got the chance right now to go on guided walks, sometimes across land that isn’t open to the public. Whether you’re a first timer with an hour or so to spare, or would like to do something more substantial, I’m sure there’s one or two there with your name on them. You don’t want to miss out. Brochures are all around the Coromandel, and you can also see the walk descriptions and book on line at www.echowalkfest.org.nz.

There’s plenty to do if you’re entering the Nugget Multisport Festival in Waihi next weekend. Saturday sees the choice of five races for you to enter. There’s the full Nugget, the Half Nugget, as well as the 21 km, 10 km and 5 km run / walk options. You choose, and then enter and challenge yourself. Enter here and you can have part of your entry fee go to Waihi Sport n Action, who are looking after the volunteers for the day.

There’s skating and basketball on offer next week with Waihi Sport N Action’s holiday programme. Get along to the Waihi Events Centre for programme details or check out the programme outline, and make sure you book early as these activities fill quickly. They’re very reasonably priced too if you’re wanting something for school children to do. Call Pauline on 07 863 7295 for details.

We’re going to be seeing quite a number of these vehicles around the Coromandel in the next few days as the Citroen Car Club of New Zealand’s annual national gathering takes place around the peninsular. Waihi will get to see them next Tuesday, as part of their rally is a tour, including dinner in town. Many will be staying overnight and exploring the Karangahake Gorge and region the next day. It’s another chance to see some Citroen’s from through the years.

The Rotary Trust of Waihi has another car boot sale this Sunday weather permitting. Starting at 8.30 am, it’s open to anyone, just turn up with $6 for a car boot space, and $10 for a car and trailer. It’s based at the Waihi Memorial RSA car park at the bottom of Seddon St, and runs through until early afternoon. There’s always something different and interesting there, so why not start your Sunday there and see what treasures you can find.

We put on some great events around the Coromandel, and it’s always good to be able to let people know what you’re doing. Fundraising, holding a fete, a music concert, running a running event; if you want some more people to come, we want to hear about it and let others know too. It could be your monthly club get together, an annual activity or just a one off. Want more club members, having a give it a go day, hosting a regional or national event, tell us about it.

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