Update January 17

Posted by on 17/01/2013

What a great start to the year with the weather. Hot and sticky one day, a little overcast the next and BBQ weather almost all the way through. Mix some sun (and sunscreen) and warm temperatures and watch Kiwi’s, and visitors, enjoy the great outdoors. With the hills, mountains, gorges, beaches and surf all right here, why wouldn’t you want to be out and amongst it. Walks, swimming, surfing, biking, shopping and relaxing, are all in a day’s work, or should that be pleasure. We’ve still got a steady flow of visitors and holiday makers around the area, and there’s plenty to take in while you’re here, with summer ticking over nicely.

With plenty of up market shops to browse, restaurants and eateries that cater for any taste and a good selection of places to stay, why not park up and stay a while. You’ll find the locals are a friendly bunch and are happy to point you in the direction of the open cast Martha Mine in the centre of Waihi, the beaches to the east, the Karangahake Gorge and all its historical walks (and bike rides) to the west, and probably to a park bench at Gilmour Lake to relax too.

The 50th Jubilee Exhibitions at Waihi Art Centre and Museum in Kenny Street’s worth setting aside an hour or three, and not just on a rainy day. With two exhibitions to keep you busy, the gold coin entry is well worth it. There are paintings and drawings by Eric Lee-Johnson and, taking you back through time and Waihi’s history, 50 photos covering fifty years with Waihi Camera Club and their exhibition entitled ‘Then and Now’.

We’ve got a big day coming up on Wednesday March 20 with Waihi’s Annual Warm Up Party to kick off Beach Hop and their Day 1 excursion. The roads get closed and filled with hot rods and classic cars, there’s dancing in the streets, bands through town, a drag race at lunch time up the centre of the main road and prizes for best dressed male and female, along with trophies for the best cars. It all adds up to a busy time and Go Waihi would like to get some volunteers on board to help with the lead up and on the day. Phone or email Go Waihi if you’d like to help.

Here’s your opportunity to dress for success. It’s the Gold FM Drag Race, back for year five with Waihi’s Warm Up Party for Beach Hop. It’s drag racing like you’ve (almost) never seen before, so get busy with a couple of good friends of the male variety and sort your outfits, the gaudier the better. Wednesday March 20’s the date; up and down the main street of Waihi is the course. Entry forms will be out soon, so now’s the time to think team tactics of the fashion variety. There are three to a team and a handbag for a baton is a must. Stay tuned for more details.

It’s the first Rotary Trust of Waihi Car Boot Sale and you never know what treasures you might find on the trestles and tables in the Waihi RSA car park. From fresh produce, jams and pickles to the perfect gift for that hard to find for person, you can browse from 8.30 am weather permitting, and if you’d like a spot then turn up ready to go with $6 and $4 for the trailer and you’re in. Your fee goes to Rotary and is used in local projects.

He came fourth in the World Champs a year or three back, regularly travels the world demonstrating and he’s in Waihi at the moment. Gary Crowhurst makes it his habit to head down steep hills and jump in the air, all while attached to a mountain board. An oversized skateboard heading towards a snowboard, these machines are designed to take on hills with jumps that see riders doing 360’s and back flips, all to the delight of the crowd. And there’s a bit of a competition going on this weekend in Waihi. Gary’s got some other mountain boarders coming to compete and do demos on Saturday and Sunday. You’re welcome to watch but as it’s on private land, they ask you ring to sort a good time to watch and learn from some of the best. Get some friends together and call Viv for a time to suit, his number’s 021 244 1646.

If you’re planning something in 2013, include Go Waihi on your mail out list. You’d be amazed at the number of inquiries we answer from people, both locals and visitors, wanting to know about things happening around here. Make sure you add contact details and PLEASE do it as early as you can, last week I received info that arrived just days before the event and I didn’t have time to get it in the column. Then there’s the bonus of getting your event onto our website too.

HERE’S A THOUGHT: Thinking’s wise, planning’s better, doing’s best.