Update December 24

Posted by Go Waihi on 24/12/2015

And so it arrives, Christmas Eve and Santa’s busiest night of the year. I hope you’re in the festive mood, with not too much to organise for Christmas and the festive season. A little bit of a treat for yourself and some downtime that you definitely deserve should be on the menu, speaking of which I hope that’s sorted for tomorrow. Whatever part of the Coromandel Peninsula you are in, take it easy with the influx of holiday makers and ENJOY you self! And if you’ve been behaving and are hoping Santa’s visiting tonight, make sure you leave some suitable refreshments out for him, and don’t forget the reindeer.

We’ve got a great place to call home. It’s a destination for thousands over the summer and we welcome you to our bush, beach and everything in between. Ask a local if you need to know, take your time ’cos everything’s only a few minutes away and if you’re wondering what to do, a great place to start is this website. There‘s lots coming up in and around the place and I’ll keep you up to speed with lots of things that have crossed my desk, like the art displays in January, the Whiritoa Beach Market January 3, Athenree Homestead and their open days

There’s plenty to see and do around our backyard. From the Waihi Art Centre and Museum to Gilmour Lake and Park, from the Karangahake Gorge and Victoria Battery historic site to the beaches, all you need is a little energy and some time. Add in the Hauraki Rail Trail and Pit Rim Walkway for a stroll or bike ride and having some of that Christmas Pud isn’t so bad after all. There’s a lot of history in and around the Waihi district, and the shopping and eateries are pretty enticing too. We call it our mall without walls, with free parking all day and every day. Good old fashioned service is another unrushed bonus.

With Christmas Day tomorrow it’s worth a reminder about the new toys and games. Kids, and adults too, may forget to look as they play with the new ball or toy, try out the bike or scooter or fly that kite. Keep an eye out for them around the roads, and at the beach and rivers too. And watch out around the BBQ, cars in driveways and the new toys underfoot. Then there’re burns, sunburn, cuts and bee stings, and we don’t want any food poisoning so into the fridge with leftovers eh. Be prepared and look out for each other ... that’s the idea.

Just out before Christmas and the New Year this brochure is all around town and well worth a read. Places to see and go, where to stay and also to eat, what to do, and some of our history, all wrapped into over 30 glossy pages. Grab one and enjoy, courtesy of GO Waihi.

With another year looming up the team at GO Waihi would like to wish you and your family all the best across the Christmas and holiday period. We’ve enjoyed keeping you up to date with things on in and around our busy area, and will keep you up to speed heading into another year. From Business After 5 meetings through keeping the flags flying downtown, from updates in the Hauraki Herald and on Gold FM and Nga Iwi FM to keeping the town website up to date, it’s been a busy year, and one full of events and activities. We love bringing you the annual Christmas Parade downtown, Goldfest festivities right across October including the annual Trolley Derby, the annual ECHO Walking Festival and of course the first day of Beach Hop with Waihi’s Warm Up Party – not to be missed on March 30. Have a Happy Christmas and we’ll touch base next week with a few ideas of what to do.

HERE’S A THOUGHT: Freedom is doing what you like, happiness is liking what you do.