Update February 4

Posted by Go Waihi on 04/02/2016

With the muggy conditions lately I’m looking at the positive, thinking the Christmas pudding I indulged in has definitely wasted away. I hope you enjoyed Anniversary Weekend, and you’ve got something good lined up for Waitangi Weekend. With school just getting started it’s a busy time. Parents, teachers, school staff, bus drivers and all the others that make the wheels turn are in full swing, and we’re still in holiday mode at the same time. We’re a busy place with lots to see and do, and locals’ relaxed mode isn’t a bad thing at all.

You can achieve all of these in just one trip if you like. Alternatively you could easily split them up and have a great time doing one a day. Whether a local or a visitor, these attractions are worth the time to see and do. We have one of the most picturesque parts of the Hauraki Rail Trail going from Waihi to Waikino and into the Karangahake Gorge, and it’s a grade 1, meaning it’s pretty flat for the most and very achievable. Take the time to walk or bike it soon. Victoria Battery is steeped in history and worth a few hours to investigate the museum, underground kilns and the history of the area. And you can take a train ride out from Waihi to Waikino aboard Goldfields Railway. The train station is in Wrigley St and they have several return trips daily to Waikino. From there it’s just a short walk to Victoria Battery.

Prepare for some wet wild rides down Waihi Scouts three mudslides at their annual Mudslide fundraiser on Saturday March 5. Between 9.30 am and 3 pm your goal is to get as many runs down the slopes as possible without getting your clothes dirty. Yeah right! $5 gets you started, the sausages will be sizzling and other food and refreshments will be on sale and it’s great fun for all ages! Did I mention the rope bridge challenge and mud obstacle course? It’s all based behind the Waihi Gun Club on SH2, just south of Waihi, look for the sign posts. And remember a change of clothes and some old shoes too.

Sundays from 10 am to 3 pm the historic Athenree Homestead is open. Head along to 360 Athenree Rd, just off State Highway 2 and have a look at some early New Zealand history. You can dress in Victorian or Vintage style and have some photos taken, they have a great range of clothes to fit all ages, phone 863 4363 to book. While you’re there enjoy some refreshments at the Railway Station Cafe, the Devonshire Teas are a real treat. Money raised goes to the continued restoration and upkeep so have some fun and help a good caus

Cafes, restaurants, most shops, motels and information centres should have brochures giving you details of over 40 walks, bike rides and more called the ECHO Walking Festival. Take part, it’s only going to cost you some time and energy as most walks are free. A donation is great, it helps cover the cost of the brochure, but if we can put it on for free, we’re happy to. Some include a boat or bus trip or a train ride, so there may be a small cost to cover. To get a full run down and to register for any of the walks and more on from March 19 to April 10 - see www.echowalkfest.org.nz. Book early as some have maximum numbers and fill up fairly fast. There are a variety of walks suitable for the uninitiated, families, regular walkers and seasoned trampers wanting something challenging.

It’s a real drag at lunch time when we have the original Gold FM Drag Race at Waihi’s Warm Up Party for Beach Hop on Wednesday 30 March. Teams of three macho men, dressed in drag, race in relay up and down the main street to the delight of their wives, girlfriends and thousands of others. And it’s all for fun, along with a prize or two of course. Get a business team together, a few ring ins is fine. It’s not about winning; it’s the outfits, the wigs and makeup, the colour coordination, the nails, make up and accessories ... it’s almost like they enjoy it! Entry forms are available at www.waihi.org.nz and Gold FM. It’s worth coming to watch just for the fashion tips these ‘beautiful’ blokes can give you.

HERE’S A THOUGHT: The 50 / 50 / 90 rule – anytime you’ve got a 50% chance of getting something right, there’s a 90% probability you’ll get it wrong