Update April 23

Posted by Go Waihi on 23/04/2013

ANZAC Day is such a unique day and it’s always good to see and hear of the support Kiwis give in remembrance of those that gave their lives for our country almost a century ago. Yet another month rolls by, and the wet of late has been very welcome. Although not in quite such quantities at one time would have been preferred; our thoughts to flood affected folk. Mid school holidays and roads are busy; we have lots of visitors around the Coromandel and most won’t know the roads. Waihi’s a great place to base yourself for a few days. Explore the Coromandel, visit Tauranga and Hamilton, and you’re only one and a half hours from Auckland, pretty central. And with backdrops like the Karangahake Gorge, Whiritoa and Waihi Beach and a mine in the middle of town, there are some interesting things to see and do. Add in the boutique shopping and eateries and you can see why we like to call Waihi home.

With three more events still to come there’s no reason to be bored in the holidays. Waihi Sport N Action has sorted some fun events to exercise the body and brain. The Pit Rim Adventure’s next on Tuesday and it’s free, starting at 10 am. There’s skating on Thursday with skates provided and on Friday you can join the Train and Trek with ECHO Walking Festival, travelling out on Goldfield’s Railway to Waikino and walking to Owharoa Falls before returning on the train to Waihi. Goldfield’s has offered the special price of $10 an adult with two children free, extra kids $8. Contact Pauline at the Waihi Events Centre for details or phone 07 863 7295.

I’ve got to thank the judge ‘cos I really was having trouble picking a winner in the Go Waihi Photo Competition. The spirit of the day was the theme for Waihi’s Warm Up Party for Beach Hop, and we got some great shots sent in that really did show off the atmosphere on the day. Susan Guenther captured the winning snap, and the Sony 3 – D Blue Ray Disc Home Theatre. Thanks to everyone who entered, you all got the feel of the day across and some of your shots feature on our website alongside Susan’s winning picture. See the photo entries.

At the end of the day it’s a big canvas and there are twenty quilts that are canvasses on display at Waihi Art Centre and Museum in Kenny St in the Lee-Johnson Gallery. It’s the biennial Quilt Challenge Exhibition, and it ends on Sunday. A donation would be appreciated, that’s all they ask. Their hours are from 10 am to 3 pm Friday and midday to 3 pm over the weekend.

The ECHO Walking Festival is ten years and still going strong, and some people have been joining us for walks since the start. Family walks, a walk for the dog, walks designed to take you where you can’t normally go and even the occasional bike ride are all included in another fantastic selection of guided free walks from the Kaimai’s to the Coromandel. An hour or two or an day’s challenge, there’s something to cater for most abilities. If you’re visiting or live in Waihi we have some great walks right here so take advantage of them. Brochures are spread around town and full descriptions and registrations are on line. See our website and follow the link.

If your child isn’t coping with a family break up, a divorce or separation or perhaps a death of a loved one, you might like to find out more about Seasons, a peer group for children grieving for the loss of someone significant. Season’s will run a course at Waihi Resource Centre in term two. Call Paula on 022 043 4060.

Goldfield’s Railway is a great trip from Waihi to Waikino and back (or vice versa). They’re running every day through the holidays and there are some great walks from Waikino into the Karangahake Gorge. The historic Victoria Battery site is well worth a look around, and on Sundays you can get the guided tour, a ride on the train and a look in the museum. Then there’s Waihi Art Centre and Museum, great for a hot day, or a wet one. Gilmour Lake and the Rocket Park are good on a fine day with play areas for kids and of course there’s our unique mine, right next to town and well worth having a look at from the Pit Rim. You can even walk around the whole rim in just over an hour. Throw in a visit to the Gold Story, a good look around the shops and something to eat at one of our eateries and you’ll be looking at real estate, and that’s very reasonable.

HERE’S A THOUGHT: Old age and treachery will always overcome youth and skill.