Update December 30

Posted by GO Waihi on 30/12/2016

And a Happy New Year ... no, make that a Happy All Year! We’ve got through the Christmas bizzo, well the family catch ups, the prezzies, the dishes and sorting the recycling for the Christmas wrapping, and now onwards and upwards towards a fantastic year ahead. Let’s see the last couple of days of 2016 out in style with smiles, good deeds and hopefully a positive retrospective look at 2016 -big words for “I hope this year’s been OK for you and yours’.

The artists’ group "Unlimited Palette" have a show at the Church Hall in Wilson Road Waihi Beach tomorrow from 10 am to 5 pm with free admission. It’s an art show and sale from four artists who all paint in different fields and styles, people, representational, landscape, abstract as well as quirky signboards. There’s a good outing.

It’s Whiritoa’s Market Day to kick off another year with an open invitation to enjoy over 40 stalls with an eclectic mix of who knows what for sale. One not to be missed as it’s also a fundraiser for the local community, and appears to be the first for the New Year. From 9 am to early afternoon take lots of cash to pick up on some cool things, eat lots of yummy food and enjoy the atmosphere lots with the locals in front of the surf club.

Brochures have just been delivered around the district for the 14th annual ECHO Walking Festival. Happening from the 1st to 23rd of April there are over 40 walks, rides and other things to do, and if it’s not free the cost is just to cover expenses. From easy to a challenge, there’s something to suit most people. Remember some have maximum numbers so get in early ... ‘to avoid disappointment’.

The Waihi Arts Centre & Museum Gallery is open from January 1st between midday and 3 pm, along with the Museum. The Gallery is showing artworks from the Permanent Collection, and the Museum gems and minerals display is always worth a look. It’s just a donation to the Gallery only and the usual small admission fee applies to the whole Museum.

Head along to Waihi Beach Community Hall between January 6 and 8 and check out Waihi art’s display. This year’s theme is ‘Tropical’. It’s all for sale and there’ll be artists on site to talk to while they work. A good variety of painting styles are used from oils and pastels through acrylics and resin to collage and watercolours, with works varying from contemporary and abstract to representational. They’re open from 9 am to 4 pm Friday, Saturday and Sunday and it’s only a gold coin to get in.

Shops are many and varied from fashion and beach clothing to gift shops built for browsing, and if you’re peckish Waihi has you covered with everything from a good selection of takeaways to cafes and a variety of restaurants from Indian and Thai to German and European to tantalise your tastebuds. In fact our mall without walls is worth spending some time and spending a little money. Friendly old fashioned service comes free and so does the parking. Big car parks just behind the shops cater for larger vehicles like motor homes, which are more than welcome to come and stay in the Hauraki district. Hit the bike, the beach, a ball or two and enjoy the outdoors and fresh air. This GO Waihi website has lots to see and do, and our town brochure, Waihi New Zealand’s Heart of Gold is also worth a good read of what to do, where to go, accommodation, eateries, and lots more. They’re all around town in shops and cafes and at the Waihi i-site. And you can always ask a local; we’re friendly, approachable and hopefully pretty relaxed living in paradise, with a hint or two to help you enjoy your time here.

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