Update January 17

Posted by Go Waihi on 17/01/2014

Here comes Wellington’s Anniversary Weekend, and no doubt we’ll get a good number of visitors from that end of the North Island coming to holiday around the Coromandel Peninsular. Welcome and we hope you have a fantastic break. Enjoy all that’s on offer, although I doubt you’ll have time to do ‘it all’. We’re lucky to have so many things at our doorstep, and I encourage locals to get out and do some things on offer here as well. We’re also gearing up for our long Anniversary weekend in just over a week. It’s bound to be another busy one, and then it’s back to school for lots before the next official holiday on Waitangi Day on Thursday February 6 – not far away. I hope you’re pacing yourself.

Waihi’s Warm Up Party for Beach Hop with Go Waihi is set for the first day of Beach Hop, Wednesday March 26 this year. It should be on your ‘not to be missed’ list, with thousands heading for Waihi and a great day out. Not just for car lovers, there are lots of other things to see and do. Like the Gold FM Drag Race. This just gets crazier every year with gorgeous (??) guys dressed to the nines – or in some cases to about 4 or 5 – racing up and down the CBD with thousands of people cheering them on. I guess it’s time to see if you still fit that little number, and to get your best friends, workmates or someone who owes you one to join your three ‘man’ team. Entry forms will be out soon, so contact Gold FM to register your interest.

Better still, ring 07 863 3030, or email info@waihi.org.nz and leave your name and contact details if you can volunteer some of your time on Wednesday March 26 at Waihi’s Warm Up Party for Beach Hop. Half a day or the whole day, there are jobs that’ll suit. It’s fun too, so not all work, but we need to hear from you now. You’ll also get some time to have a good look around at all the classic cars and hot rods, the bands, shops and stalls, the Drag Race and all the action.

You’re welcome to join in the celebration of the new footbridge across Ohinemuri River in Waikino being completed, well almost. It’s replacing the one that washed away in the floods back in the ‘80’s. Two top callers from Wales will let you know where and when to swing your partner, step up and step back, go around in circles and probably when to take a break. $20 gets you in, and that goes to the upkeep of the historic Victoria Hall in Waikino. Do your warm up routine so you’re ready for a start around 7 pm, and it’s BYO. This’ll be a good night whether you know how to ‘Ceilidh’ or not.

After Christmas and the New Year you sometimes think it could be a good idea to ‘walk it off’. Whatever level of fitness we have a walk that’s suitable. Have a look at the Windows Walk in the Karangahake Gorge for something unique. So’s the loop walk that takes in the brick 1.5 km train tunnel (no trains these days). In Waihi there’s the Pit Rim Walk which is suitable for pushchairs, with educational boards along the way and some great photo opportunities of the working open cast Martha Mine. Gilmour Lake is a good short walk, and there’s a new children’s play area there too. Sundays they regularly have lots of model boats up to 3 metres or so sailing and motoring on the lake. Out at Waihi Beach check out Anzac Bay at the southern end and at the north end there’s a track to Orokawa Bay and you can go further to Homunga Bay and even walk up the track to Ngatitangata Rd if you want a real challenge. This is just the tip of the iceberg, with walks from an hour to a day or so on our doorstep.

Not a game as such, but it comes down to the bigger the number of Community Directories the Waihi and Waihi Lions can sell, the bigger the number of community projects they can support, along with the Lions Cancer Lodge. Numbers fill the Community Diary, phone numbers, any number of numbers for around the Waihi district, along with local advertisers who’ve supported the Lions. You can support them too by buying a number of their books for the home, work and possibly even the car. They’re available at a number of shops and businesses around the district, including Clarks Pharmacy, Dillimores, Fowlers Surf & Fashion and Hauraki District Council’s Waihi office, and at the Waihi Beach Library as well. Why not buy a number of them?

Head for 140 Seddon St Waihi on Saturday February 15 for the Garden Party and Working Art Exhibition. With Devonshire Teas, a Man Cave, stalls, art and craft and refreshments it’s a great fundraiser for a very worthy cause. Local artists will be working on site and there’ll be paintings for sale too.

By taking part in the 11th annual ECHO Walking Festival you’ll get to see parts of our country that sometimes aren’t open to the public. They’re all guided and free, unless there are any transport costs of course. Coming up from March 15 to 6 April there are over 40 walks, bike rides and even SUPping, which is standing up on a surfboard and paddling, all based around the Coromandel, Kaimai’s and now the South Waikato too. Brochures around town have walk descriptions and you can read full details and book by going to our website and clicking the link.

Goldfields Railway is a popular outing for thousands every year, and not just the once either. The train runs from Waihi to Waikino and back daily in the high season, leaving Waihi at 10 am, 11.45 am and 1.45 pm for Waikino, returning at 11 am, 1 pm and 2.30 pm. Check our website for costs and yes, they take bikes if you want to peddle the Hauraki Rail Trail one way and take the train back. The train station is at the end of Wrigley St Waihi.

Go Waihi holds Business After 5 meetings each month for Waihi business owners and managers. Would you like to host a BA5? There’s nothing too hard about it and it highlights your business to 40 plus other business folk from the district. You get the chance to show people around and we often invite guest speakers to come and give a talk too. If you’d like to find out more about hosting a BA5 get in touch. We have several already booked for this year and we’d like to get to see your business too.

HERE’S A THOUGHT: Youth is when you blame all your troubles on your parents, maturity is when you learn that everything is the fault of the younger generation.