Update March 21

Posted by Go Waihi on 21/03/2014

Last weekend we were looking at tropical Cyclone Lusi descending on us. Now it’s Beach Hop and first up this Wednesday is Day One and Waihi’s Warm Up Party for Beach Hop. Add in ECHO Walking Festival and some fantastic walks around our region and you’d better start thinking about pacing yourself. Making the most of what’s on offer around your home territory is important because if you don’t support these events those who go to the trouble of putting them on either won’t, or will but elsewhere. I hope you’ve enjoyed the muggy conditions of late; great for the short tempered, stressed and parents with teenagers, let alone the teenagers themselves of course.

It’s Beach Hop and Waihi’s Warm Up Party this Wednesday sees thousands of people coming to Waihi watching the convoy of hundreds of cars rumble into town from Whangamata around 10.30 am, staying until about 3 pm. It’s a good day for car enthusiasts, and everyone who just likes a great time. With three or four bands rock and rolling their music through downtown Waihi, it’s a great day to check out 700 plus hot rods and classic cars. Dress for the occasion, you could walk away with a prize for best dressed male or female from Diamonds On Seddon or Waitete Restaurant and Cafe. For a real laugh don’t miss the Gold FM Drag Race downtown at 12.30 pm, it’s a crowd stopper, and the occasional jaw drops too. And prize giving for best dressed and presentation of the unique trophies for best classic car and hot rod is at 2.15 pm. Put some dollars aside for the sales and specials on offer through town in shops and streetside at stalls too.

It’s a tough challenge to be a bloke and dress up in women’s clothing to run up and down the main street of Waihi with thousands of people watching. But for some reason every year at Waihi’s Warm Up Party for Beach Hop out they come, in all their glory ... and their mother-in-law’s too it looks. Accessorised to the hilt, colour coordinated not, wigs you’d never dream would stay in place and smiles that suggest they’re actually enjoying themselves; three fellas per team pass the handbag baton while attempting not to trip over their strange outfit while manoeuvring around their smartly dressed competitors. How could you miss an opportunity like this? Get in touch with Gold FM or Go Waihi and enter a team and you too can ‘live the dream’!

After a wet start we are underway with ECHO Walking Festival 2014, running until April 6 with over 40 walks and more. Free, apart from any travel costs, and all guided so you get to learn a little of the area your visiting, these walks are designed to be entertaining, interesting, informative and achievable for just about anyone. Some go across private property so this is the only chance you get to experience the walks and enjoy the views. Brochures are all around the peninsular and full descriptions and registrations are on the web. Just go to the ECHO Walking Festival website. Remember some will book out so get in early, and donations to help with the cost of the brochure and publicity are always gratefully received.

Sunday will see a line up of bath tubs taking to the water heading for the finish line and bragging rights for the annual Bowentown Boating and Sport Fishing Club Bathtub Regatta. With women’s, rowing or paddling, motorised and junior races, there’s a category for you. $10 gets you in and that goes to the Waihi Beach Coast Guard. Dress up, you might win a spot prize. It’ll be wet and wild fun, so if you want to enter be there for registrations and scrutineering at 9 am with racing from midday. Remember to put the plug in!

This Sunday afternoon is a chance to sit back and relax, while enjoying another Sunday music jam session at Bowentown Boating and Sport Fishing Club. What a great way to wind down after a busy week, and to raise some funds for a worthwhile cause. Different styles of music will feature through the afternoon and you’re encouraged to take along your instrument and entertain if you’d like too. It runs from 2 pm to 6 pm and you’re invited.

Easter Weekend Operation Minefield is coming to Waihi. It’s the hundred year commemoration of WWI, and we have over 50 military vehicles coming to town. There’ll be a display, motorcade and something unique. On Saturday you’ll be able to watch as all these vehicles head into ‘the Minefield’. I’ll have more on this next week, but thought it was worth mentioning early, I reckon it’ll be worth checking it out.

HERE’S A THOUGHT: I tried exercising but I’m allergic to it. My skin flushed and my heart raced. I got sweaty and short of breath. Very dangerous.