Update October 24

Posted by Go Waihi on 24/10/2013

Here comes the loooong weeeekend, and I’m kinda trying to figure out how to fit everything in. Family, friends, some down time and then there’s so many things to see and do around the district. Some have already got into the holiday mode, knocking off early to get ahead of the rest. Others will no doubt stay a little longer so they miss the mass heading back to ‘the rat race’. And then there are some of us who don’t leave paradise and call this home. Waihi has such a great variety of things to see and do you’ll have to sort out your bucket list and just keep ticking things off. The young and young at heart are well catered for. Goldfest festivities continue through October so grab a programme. Remember, ‘Keep Excited and Sparkle On’ is the theme, and as always with Go Waihi, rule Number 1 is to HAVE FUN. Take care on the roads and enjoy your well earned break.

ALL ABOARD FOR WINE & CHEESE CHRAIN CHRIP
OK, so it’s not spelt correctly but it caught your attention and it’s worth quickly grabbing some friends and climbing aboard the Goldfields Railway Wine & Cheese Evening Friday, 25th October from 7 pm to about 9 pm. Leaving Wrigley St Waihi and heading out to Waikino and returning you don’t have to do anything but enjoy yourself, with a complimentary wine or two, it’s BYO too, and Sarah Spicer will be entertaining you. Tickets are only $28 at Goldfields Railway.

ART ACROSS THE WEEKEND
Always a favourite the Annual Art Waikino Art Exhibition is on across Labour Weekend in the Victoria Hall in Waikino. Everything’s for sale and it’s worth the hour or so it’ll take you to get around everything on display. The door charge - very cheap - goes towards the upkeep of the hall. From experience, you might even find a piece or two to hang at your place. Hours are 10 am to 4 pm Saturday to Monday.

RAIL TRAIL WORTH THE SLIGHT EFFORT
Bike, walk or run it, just do it. It is the Hauraki Rail Trail Waihi to Waikino section, which has just been officially opened for business – actually pleasure. It’s a grade 1 which is fairly easy, and talk about picturesque, and it’s only about 8 km’s, very ‘do-able’. Take some refreshments or enjoy the cafes and food available at either end of the ride.

SURF’S UP AT THE CLUB
Waihi Beach Surf Lifesaving Club start their season with an Open Day on Sunday from 10 am with some Junior Surf beach fun. Then at midday they’ll put on a mock rescue and some lifeguard demos. At 12.30 pm there’ll be some boat crew demonstrations and then at 1 pm there’s the official launch of their new racing canoe. Take the family along to learn about water safety, find out about the Junior Surf, Rookie and Lifeguard programmes and remember the sunscreen and some water

GOT WIND? GO FLY A KITE – LITERALLY
With some of New Zealand’s bigger kites coming and yours alongside this will be a great day. As long as there’s a decent breeze we’re going to see some amazing, and large kites flying along Seaforth Rd at Island Bay Reserve on Sunday. From 10 am you’re invited to check out what should be a fantastic spectacle. And you can be part of it. Take a kite, the family and friends, a camera, a picnic and your togs for a swim too. Better remember some sunscreen just in case. Yes, this is another free Goldfest event.

DIG DEEP & FIND ‘GOLD’
There’s a difference between sand flies and sand flying. From preschoolers to Year 6 the Beach Christian Centre Big Gold Dig in front of the Surf Club at the north end of Waihi Beach on Sunday at 2 pm will be loads of fun. Hands and feet only are the rules, and there are lots of neat prizes up for grabs. This is another Goldfest event that‘s free. Take your togs for a swim mafterwards.

IT’S FAIR TO SAY YOU’LL HAVE SOME FUN
Waihi Beach School Fair has to be on the ‘to do’ list. Adults are well catered for, and I think the kids will enjoy themselves with everything on offer too. It’s a major fundraiser for the school, and is always popular. There are model boats you can drive, carnival rides to challenge your fears, well adults anyway, lamb and pork on a spit and a food court, raffles and auctions, stalls galore, entertainment and fun for all the family. Head along for a start at 10 am Saturday 26th October.

FOOTY FANATICS NOT FORGOTTEN
Saturday and Sunday Waihi Association Football Club’s hosting their annual Labour Weekend Tournament, with ten teams competing for bragging rights and the trophy. Morgan Park off Kenny St in Waihi is a great place for some fast footwork, with round robin games tomorrow and the semis and finals on Sunday. Welcome to all the teams from as far awway as Auckland and the Waikato, and good luck.

GLITTERING GLEAM OF POT OF GOLD
There’s still time to enter the Go Waihi Stop, Shop and Win Pot of Gold Promotion. This Thursday October 31 at the end of business the entries close and the following Tuesday November 5 at ten past eight the draw will be made live on Gold FM to see who wins the 1,000 $1 coins, the Pot of Gold. Just keep shopping in participating Waihi stores and putting your details in the box provided and you’ve got more chances of winning. $1000, not a bad prize for just shopping at your local.

BRING A BANANA TO WRAP UP GOLDFEST
This Thursday sees the very popular Light Party return as the last event of Goldfest. Over 500 people turned up last year to enjoy the horizontal bungee, wet sponge throwing, the bouncy castle, the super slide, spot prizes and fun galore. This year you’re invited to enjoy Waihi’s biggest ever Banana Split, in fact you can contribute by taking a banana along to add to it. All the other ingredients are supplied, and it should be interesting to see just how long it gets. There’s a parents cafe, kids can dress up in costumes that ‘shine like stars, and remember no scary costumes. Did I mention it’s free, at the Waihi Events Centre and goes from 6.30 pm to 8 pm?

HERE’S A THOUGHT: Too much of a good thing is … fantastic.