Update March 10

Posted by Go Waihi on 10/03/2016

We’re well in to March and the muggy days are still ‘clinging on’, sorry about that. Some say autumn starts at the beginning of the month; I’m keen to hang on to summer until around the 21st when officially things tick over. Daylight saving finishing soon will bring us back to reality so soak up the outdoors while you can. It’s harvesting time in the garden with plenty of fresh vegies a nice payoff for a little work earlier on, just got to keep up the watering. And don’t forget a bit of shade and plenty of fresh water for the pets. There’s a lot on so let’s check out some of the things coming up.

Get a brochure from around town and check out full walk descriptions on the net at www.echowalkfest.org.nz. With over 40 walks and more there’s bound to be something to suit you. Whether it’s the Waihi Express Train N Trek, a good family stroll that takes you on Goldfields Railway out to Waikino and Victoria Battery and Owharoa Falls, or the cliff top walk across to Homunga Bay, there’s something to suit most levels of fitness. Head to the top of Waihi across private farm land with the Hilltop Vista Farm Walk, a one off opportunity to take in some stunning views, and there’s also the Black Hill Plus Walk with the option of going to the top, and on the Mangakino Pack Track Walk you get to enjoy ‘billy’ tea and damper twist. All guided they’re free apart from a donation if you like and any travel costs. Get into it!

Between 10 am and 1 pm this Saturday, Victoria Battery Tramway Society is holding an Open Day, with train rides, museum and underground kiln tunnel tours free. They’re after more volunteers to help behind the scenes, maybe driving the train and helping out with a variety of jobs, and they’ve got a Barbie too! They’re easy to get to, just park at Waikino across the road from the railway station and take a casual stroll over the bridge, park by the Victoria Hall and go across the new bridge or head across the Waitawheta bridge and turn left and head down the road to park beside the Battery. There’s a lot of history to take in so take your time and enjoy.

Push power comes to the fore with the combined Lions Clubs Hauraki Rail Trail Charity Fun Cycle Ride on Sunday. Raising funds for the Cancer Society’s “Lions Lodge’ in Hamilton there are four start points, from Waihi, Karangahake, Te Aroha and Thames, all heading to the one destination, the Railway Reserve in Paeroa for prize giving and food and refreshments at 1 pm. There are spot prizes and a $1000 travel voucher to be won and you have to be there. Entry’s $15 for adults, 5 to 14 year olds are $5 and it’s $35 for a family of four on the day.

Waihi Lions Community Directory is the only one you’ll reach for. It’s got the latest contact details for just about everyone around Waihi and Waihi Beach, and it’s in big print. At just $2, or a little more if you like, it’s great value, and includes the updated street and number changes around Waihi. Lions members will be outside the supermarkets and Mitre 10 in Waihi and at the Wilson Rd shops over the next while and they’re available in lots of retail outlets as well as at HDC’s Service Centre and Library. It’s a good read, and all the proceeds go back into our local community.

Yep, kicking off things on Wednesday 30 March with the traditional good time for all, Waihi’s Warm Up Party for Beach Hop returns with hundreds of classic cars and hot rods filling the closed off CBD, There’ll be rock and roll music coming from inside the Pumphouse, in front of the Memorial Hall and in Rosemont Rd with bands playing through the day. Dress up and enter the best Dressed Guy and Gal Competitions, there’s one for the kids too. We’ve got the Gold FM Drag Race (entries still being taken - download an entry form here) happening at 12.30 pm downtown and loads of sales and specials through all the shops as well as lots of stalls adding to the flavour of the day. No problem with hunger pangs with plenty of cafes, restaurants, eateries and food stalls too. Book it in for a day to remember. The Best Hot Rod and Classic Car trophies are awarded at the prize giving at 2.15 pm. Thanks to Oceanagold, and Hauraki District Council for your support. Let’s rock and roll!

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