Update May 28

Posted by Go Waihi on 28/05/2014

First and foremost a very happy birthday to Queen Elizabeth II, I’ll have a piece of cake specially to celebrate. And celebrate we will over the long weekend in our neck of the woods. It’s a time to unwind, to catch up with family and friends, to have some downtime, but also get some things done before winter really sets in, and then there’s that break away you were going to take. Suddenly you look at the time frame and think, ‘How can I fit all this in, I’m going to need a holiday’. Pick and choose, put yourself first and go for the enjoyable things initially I reckon. Whatever you get up to over the long weekend I hope it goes well, just take it easy around the roads, they’re already getting busy.

If you thought Waihi district would be a good place for a quiet weekend, you’re right. But if you want some things to do, then you’ve also come to the right place. Take away all the traffic lights, hustle and bustle, madness and mayhem of the ‘big smoke’, and underneath the radar we put on a lot around here. You won’t be short of things to see and do, that’s a certainty. Here are some things to check out in our neighbourhood.

Saturday is the last night then it’s all over for Waihi Drama Society’s production of Brigadoon. Good turnouts have enjoyed a great storyline, with musical interludes along the way. If it’s good enough for Broadway and the west End, then you should be getting along to see a top class show, but with just two shows to go you’d better get in quick for the tickets. $20 for grownups and a tenner for the kids is good value for a couple of hours of entertainment. Tickets are at United Video in upper Seddon St in Waihi for cash or cheque.

The Lions Clubs of Waihi and Waihi Beach have combined again to bring you two days of fantastic book bargains and more with their annual Book Fair at Waihi’s St John Anglican Church Hall. Tomorrow from 9 am to 4.30 pm and then Sunday from 10 am to 3 pm there’ll be less and less books, puzzles and games for you to choose from as the long weekend progresses. There’s an excellent selection in any number of categories for you to get your teeth into on a rainy day, or at the beach on a sunny summers day if you prefer. Aim for the top of Seddon St opposite the Pumphouse to help the Lions fundraise.

The doors open at 9 am tomorrow morning for the Waihi Scouts Garage Sale fundraiser. I spoke with the scout leader earlier this week and he’s really amazed with the donations they’ve received. A big thanks from the scouts and a ‘gentil’ reminder to get there early for the best picks. The scout hall is in Baker St, just off Clark St, behind Morgan Park on Kenny St. I think it’s cash and carry so get some folding stuff ready for a bargain or three.

The theme for the Waihi Art Club Exhibition at Waihi’s Memorial Hall today through to Sunday is ‘Beyond Realism’, and you’re bound to find some unreal paintings and artwork to view and also purchase. Using a mix of styles, techniques and mediums the club members have a wide range of art on display for you, and it’s just a gold coin donation to get in, with doors open beween10 am to 4 pm each day.

Way back then it was just a new building on a fairly bare landscape. These days the historic Athenree House in Athenree Rd is an important part of local history. The volunteers are constantly fundraising to continue the restoration work and on Sunday from 10 am to 3 pm they have another of their very popular Open Day / tours / dress up in the Victorian costumes they have and have your photo taken / Devonshire Tea days. You can book with Anne on 07 863 6448.

Here’s your chance to get Christmas and birthday shopping out of the way in just one day. The annual Art and Craft Show at Waihi Beach Community Centre is just $3 to get in. Not bad when you think they have around 80 stalls for you to peruse, browse, look over, ponder about, go back to, and probably purchase something from. Remember cash for the day, and the cafe is all good to go to boost those energy levels. It starts at 10 am on Sunday, finishing at 3.30 pm. Shop ‘til you drop (not literally of course) !

Waihi’s popular Goldfield’s Railway is a great outing from yesteryear for all ages. Walking or biking our Hauraki Rail Trail will help get you fit and gives you an interesting angle on our history heading into Karangahake Gorge from Waihi and the historic Victoria Battery site is another of those ‘must do’s’. The Waihi Art Centre and Museum is well worth a look. Walk or run the Pit Rim, Black Hill and stroll around Gilmour Lake, or better still take a picnic. Don’t leave town until you’ve seen Martha Mine - literally in the centre of Waihi, and you’ve got some fantastic shops, along with eateries and cafes to keep the wolf from the door. Add the great public facilities around Waihi and very reasonable house prices and you might end up like me and move here. Check our website for things to see and do, and where to stay when you realise there’s not enough time in the day to fit it all in.


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