Update January 4

Posted by Go Waihi on 04/01/2013

A pinch and a punch for the 4th of the month, and the rest of the year too - just in case I miss the opportunity. Wow that was a great new year. I hope yours was good too. Friends and family are still coming and going, and it’s nice to have a little time for ourselves too. I’ve got a few suggestions to keep you busy; and not so busy. It’s all here on the back doorstep; you don’t have to travel for miles to get there. If you want to find out more go to our website and have a look around. Now, when’s the next long weekend?

You can do all three with Art Waihi’s Summer Art Exhibition on January 11 and 12 in Waihi Memorial Hall. Most art’s for sale, and there are artists working on projects you can watch and talk to as well. Tineke Slomp paints in a very modern style, Val Tubman works with water colours, acrylics, pastels and oils and has been experimenting with a pallet knife, and Con Kiernan is an expert mosaic artist, and they’re all working on site over the two days. It’s just a gold coin to get in.


  • Saturday 12 Jan. Jalopy Dust Up at Waihi Beach Dirt Track Club on Beach Rd by the quarry. A great day of racing, music, refreshments and probably a little dust. Fantastic views add to the day.
  • Sunday 13 Jan. Rusty Nuts Car Show, literally on Waihi Beach at the north end. Band, 80 cars and hopefully lots of sunshine makes for a good mix.
  • Goldfields Railway is something special and worth a ride out to Waikino and back again. Wrigley St in Waihi is where you’ll find the railway station.
  • Victoria Battery Tramway, head to Waikino and have a look at the history of the Battery site. There’s a tramway, the kilns, tunnel and museum, with just a small charge to help the volunteers.
  • Want a Walk, check out the Pit Rim Walkway around Martha Mine, One and a bit hours and you’ve gone right around. Karangahake Gorge has some brilliant walks too, from an hour or so to a full day.  And there are some great walks out at Waihi Beach too.
  • Gilmour Lake’s relaxing to walk around, have a picnic beside and watch the model boats on Sundays too.
  • Want a bike ride? The Rail Trail through the Karangahake Gorge through to Paeroa is flat, fun and waiting for you. Or walk it if you’re keen.


ECHO Walking Festival has over 30 walks suitable for all ages and abilities, with some unique walks that aren’t open to the public at other times. Brochures around town will give you a good overview, and if you go to our website and follow the link there are full descriptions and you can book there too.

Fun, frivolity and flippin’ lots of cars and people – that’s what makes the first day of Beach Hop so much fun in Waihi. We host the Warm Up Party on Wednesday March 20 with a convoy of hundreds of cars coming down from Whangamata, and hundreds more coming from all directions to enjoy the bands, classic cars and hot rods and entertainment. We have prizes for the best dressed male and female, and trophies for best hot rod and classic car. Start getting your team of 3 together and think about your outfit for the Gold FM Drag Race. It’s a great day for the not so serious car fan too.

Yep, it’s all here for you in and around Waihi. Check out Martha Mine, right in the middle of town. The old saying ‘just a stone’s throw away’ is so true. Waihi’s the hub of the east coast, so central to everywhere you want to explore and visit. Stay in Waihi while you check out the Coromandel Peninsular, or visit the bigger city centres. The title says it all, well almost, so stay a while and enjoy our piece of paradise we like to call home.

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: Sex on TV can’t hurt you – unless you fall off.