Update January 29

Posted by Go Waihi on 29/01/2016

Four weeks later and here we are at the end of January. One twelfth of 2016 behind us and the New Year resolution is still intact. Making sure the kettle’s on before 10 am is achievable and works for me. I’m usually several hours early too. How’s yours going? Two three day weekends sounds good to me, and you can bet we’re going to have a ‘full house’ around the Coromandel. Welcome if you’re visiting, you’ve picked a good spot to stop off. Some of us just never left!

We’ve got some fantastic vistas around the Waihi district and just a stone’s throw away. To the left in the Karangahake Gorge you can take a walk from half an hour to a full day or more, and you’ll be treated to some of the best views this country has to offer. The Windows Walk is fantastic, remember to take a torch, and the camera is a must. To the right there are some beautiful walks along and around our coastline. Check out something unique to Waihi, Martha Mine, and no, you don’t have to drive out into the wop wops, it’s literally just a few metres from the main street downtown in Waihi. Look for the Pumphouse, it’s at the top of Seddon St, and you’re there. You can walk around the Pit Rim in about an hour and a quarter, and it’s a good family friendly track with information boards along the way.

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 taste buds. We have a good selection of shops to keep you busy; 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, for as long as you like to shop. Big car parks just behind the shops also 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.

Art on the walls of Waihi Memorial Hall will welcome you as Art Waihi holds their annual exhibition between 10 am and 4 pm through to Monday. Their guest artist is award winning local Val Tubman, there’s a potter working on site and the selection of art ranges from landscapes and seascapes to floral subjects, portraits and animals. There’ll be craft artists there too, so give yourself plenty of time to look around. Everything’s for sale and it’s just a gold coin to get in.

These days when people think of a Ceilidh, they think of a fun filled night of dancing, good music and great company! The beauty of a Ceilidh or Barn Dance is that everyone can take part, young and old, beginners to experienced dancers and even those with two left feet! At Waikino’s 3rd annual Ceilidh Dance you’re walked through the steps so there’s nothing to be worried about ... and with Ceilidh’s unique combination of traditional tunes and modern funky rhythm section, musically there’s something for everyone. Head for Waikino’s Victoria Hall from 7 pm, take $20 to get in and it’s BYO.

We’re gearing up for Beach Hop with our annual Waihi Warm Up Party on Wednesday March 30. This is their first day and we get a convoy of hundreds of hot rods and classic cars heading into Waihi mid morning from Whangamata for the day. Then we get hundreds more cars on their way through, parking up and enjoying the spectacle. We close the town centre to fit all the cars in, and they all have a chance to win the best hot rod or classic car trophies. Don’t miss the Gold FM Drag Race at lunchtime, she’s a beauty. Dress up in theme to win some great prizes for the best dressed male and female. Dance to the three live bands and muso’s entertaining through town and with lots of specials and sales in the shops and stalls street side, you’re in for a retail therapy overdose!

HERE’S A THOUGHT: Too much of a good thing is ... fantastic!