Update February 5

Posted by Go Waihi on 05/02/2014

With February comes the regularity of school for some, work for others and another good month to enjoy the outdoors for most. There’s no shortage of visitors to the region, and there’s definitely no shortage of things to see and do, relaxing for starters, a walk here, a swim there and a nice meal out makes for a good day. Add a bike ride along the Hauraki Rail Trail, a look around the Martha Mine and a visit to the Gold Story and Waihi Art Centre and Museum and possibly another nice meal or two and you’ve got a great couple of days or so without even leaving the Waihi district. Stay at the base of the Coromandel and have a look around the peninsular and enjoy the small town hospitality with a great selection of cafes and restaurants and a great variety of shops to browse. Check our website for things coming up and enjoy your time in the place we call home.

The Waikato Citroen Car Club is cruising into Waihi and the Karangahake Gorge this Sunday. Citroens from around the Waikato including Hamilton, Tauranga, Rotorua, Waihi and Thames will visit Victoria Battery early in the afternoon and we welcome you to Waihi for a break and some refreshments and shopping too. Keep an eye out for them.

Lots on and not heaps of space so here’s the brief version and you can follow up with WCRC. World Cuisine Cooking demonstrations go Greek next Thursday and Spanish on the 20th. There’s Crafty Sessions on Valentines Treats on the 14th making simple home-made treasures, and Needlecraft and Embroidery for Beginners sessions along with a Life Skills class on Dealing With Change / Stress Management soon too. And there’s more coming up. Phew!

Waihi Community Singers get together on Mondays from 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm during school terms at Waihi Central School hall. Here’s your opportunity to step out of the shower and onto the, well it’s not a stage but you do get to perform at different events occasionally. Take along $5 and join other men and women who like to sing a variety of styles and let loose with your larynx.

Why not try hip hop for something different. A free form of dancing that really gets you moving, the Dynamik Hip Hop Dance classes are about to get underway for the year. There are three classes all being held on Mondays from 4 pm at Waihi Memorial Hall, so call in and talk with Hayley to find out more, or call 07 863 7510. This could be a good one for kids and parents.

Each Sunday between 10 am and 3 pm through February historic Athenree Homestead is open. Head along to 360 Athenree Rd, just off State Highway 2 and have a look at some early New Zealand history. And here’s the different part. Why not take the opportunity to dress in Victorian or Vintage style and have some photos taken. They have a great range of clothes to fit all ages. To tour the house is $5, and to dress up is $20 or $10 for those under 10. Now there’s one for the album, possibly a few. Money raised goes to the continued restoration and upkeep so why not have some fun and help a good cause.

ECHO Walking Festival has been brought forward to March, and there’re more walks and some other new stuff too! Try stand up paddle boarding, visit Mayor Island and how about a bike ride? There are lots of new additions and some of the popular walks are back. I’d suggest getting a brochure from round town to have a read of, and head to the ECHO website and follow the link to get the rundown of all that’s on offer. Remember to book on line if you want to make sure of your place as some fill very fast. There are family friendly outings lasting an hour or so through to day long tramps for the serious, and just about everything in between for the enthusiastic. Did I mention it’s free for most walks?

This sounds like a great idea. Art in the garden, stalls, music, crafts for sale and all for a great cause. Hetherington House will benefit from the Garden Party and Working Art Exhibition next Saturday February 15 at 140 Seddon St, up by the Poppet Head. Add a Man Cave, Devonshire Teas, sausage sizzle and other food and this is sounding interesting! Local artists will be working on site and there’ll be art for sale too. Remember a hat and support a great cause while enjoying yourself.

Waihi really enjoys kicking off Beach Hop with a day’s outing with a difference. Wednesday March 26 is all go downtown in Waihi with the streets closed ready for hundreds of classic cars and hot rods that head from Whangamata for some fun. We’ll crank up some bands around town, get some awesome trophies for the best hot rod and classic car, and yes the Gold FM Drag Race is back too. It’s synonymous with the day, and will take place at lunchtime. The dare is there; get a three ‘man’ team together, sort the most outrageous outfits and remember a handbag, ‘cos it’s your baton. Why not dress up for the day, lots do and go in the best dressed male and female competition. Now if we were to add loads of shops with sales and specials, a fantastic selection of eateries for a nibble or more, and stalls overflowing the streets, would you consider setting aside the day to join us? There’s your invite.

While it’s nice to have that holiday feel for as long as possible, it’s a fact that school’s started and life goes on with lots of things happening. If you have something planned it’s a good idea to let Go Waihi know about it. We get a lot of inquiries about what’s coming up, and we love to let people know about all the things on offer around the district. Whether it’s an art exhibition, school gala, fun run, a regular monthly club meeting or an annual event, or someone’s done something noteworthy, it’s worth passing on the information so we can spread the word and answer people’s inquiries too. The earlier the better too, even if it’s just the basics with details to be filled in later, at least it’s on the calendar. This also helps with others wanting to run something and not wanting to clash. Send the who, what, where, when etc along with the all important contact names and details to Go Waihi.

HERE’S A THOUGHT: Whenever I think of the past, it just brings back so many memories.