Update - December 28

Posted by Go Waihi on 28/12/2012

Well that’s Christmas over for another year ... not. There’s been a steady flow of visitors at our place and it’s been great to catch up with them. We’ve even managed a little down time to enjoy ‘the moment’ too. Still, with New Year looming up in just a few days I have the feeling we can expect a knock or two more on the door over the next wee while. That’s the beauty of living in one of the nicest places around; everyone comes to take their holidays in the place we like to call home. I hope the leftovers are being stored correctly and the Christmas presents haven’t been put away in a cupboard already. Santa said to say hi, and he hopes you like what he left for you. Now there’s a man who seems to have everything, and is happy to give it away. 

HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM GO WAIHI
The team at Go Waihi wish you all the best for a fantastic 2013. Pace yourself, aim for small goals on the way to the bigger ones, and treat yourself when you achieve each step on the way. Enjoy your friends and family, and make the most of any opportunities that come along. Here’s to a positive progressive year with a few treats along the say. Cheers.

OPEN EVERY DAY – ART & PICS
Waihi Art Centre and Museum’s 50th Jubilee is being marked with two exhibitions and is definitely worth a visit. Artist Eric Lee-Johnson’s retrospective exhibition of paintings and drawings and Waihi Camera Clubs ‘Then and Now’ exhibition with 50 black and white images of Waihi covering 50 years runs until the end of January.

SPORTS DAY CENTENARY CELEBRATIONS INVITE
3 legged, coconut, backward, egg and spoon? These are just some of the races lined up for the 100th Beach Sports Day on January 1 in front of the Surf Club at Waihi Beach. Starting with a parachute jumper landing at 10.30 am there’ll be races for kids, parents and grandparents, a sausage sizzle, free lolly scrambles and ice creams and fun for everyone. Start the year with some exercise, either entering races or cheering those who do on. I’m looking forward to seeing the 6 person chariot races.

JALOPY DUST UP HITS WAIHI
Waihi Beach Dirt Club track will be all go with classic cars and hot rods racing on Saturday 12 January. It’s a day for the family with refreshments available, a band, lots of cars, some damn fine views and possibly even a little dust. The entrance is on Beach Road next to the quarry.

NO LUBRICANT REQUIRED FOR THESE RUSTY NUTS
On Sunday 13 January at the north end of Waihi Beach you’ll find about 80 hot rods and classic cars parked on the beach at low tide. It’s the Rusty Nuts Car Show, and the band will be pumping out some great sounds through the afternoon too. Take a look and have a swim while you’re there.

TRAIN RIDES, BIG AND NOT QUITE SO BIG
Goldfields Railway’s big engine is working through the holidays from the Waihi Station in Wrigley St taking passengers out to Waikino Railway Station and back. It’s a great family excursion that could include a stroll at the other end, or a bike ride. At Waikino you’ll find a narrow gauge train at the historic Victoria Battery site. Started in 1896 it was the largest quartz crushing plant for gold extraction in Australasia, able to crush over 812 tonnes of ore a day. There are guided tours of the underground kilns, tunnel and the museum with plenty of interesting mining remnants to take you back in time.

WALK IT OFF IN FANTASTIC SCENERY
With so many walks where do you begin? Let’s go for the Karangahake Gorge for starters, with short, medium and long walks suitable for all abilities. The Windows Walk is unique, so is the 1.5 km brick train tunnel loop walk. Then there’s the pit Rim Walk around the edge of the open cast Martha Mine in Waihi, and Gilmour Lake is a pleasant relaxing walk where lots of people stop off for a picnic and to watch the model boats on Sundays. Head for Waihi Beach for more walks with some amazing views along the coastline.

PEDDLE POWER MORE YOUR THING?
There are bike trails around the district suitable for all abilities. The Rail Trail from Waihi to Paeroa and on to Thames or Te Aroha is popular and virtually flat, passing through some awesome landscapes. There’s an off road course at Black Hill too.

ECHO WALKING FESTIVAL 2013
Back for the year 10 in April and May I’m sure there’s a walk or two that’d be ideal for you and some friends. From full day tramps to an hour or so on tracks suitable for pushchairs, there’s a great variety of walks. Brochures are around town, and you can check all the walks and book on www.echowalkfest.org.nz

BEACH HOP RETURNS TO WAIHI
If you can wangle the day off, join us in Waihi for day one of Beach Hop. Waihi’s Warm Up Party on Wednesday March 20 sees 800 plus classic cars and hot rods rolling into town, where the streets are closed and full of people, music, and entertainment. There’re prizes for the best dressed male and female, trophies for the best cars, the Gold FM Drag Race at 12.30 pm, 3 or 4 bands through town and sales and specials in shops and street side too. It’s a great day, with lots of fun in a relaxed atmosphere.

HERE’S A THOUGHT: We have enough youth, how about a fountain of smart?