Update April 12

Posted by GO Waihi on 12/04/2017

Happy Easter, and here’s to a relaxing, enjoyable time, especially after the weather lately; a time to review things a quarter of the way through 2017 maybe. Welcome to our part of paradise, take it easy on the roads, take your time getting to where you want to go and have a fantastic time while you’re here. It’s also the start of the school holidays so no doubt we’ll be a busy place. Easter Bunny’s coming ... if you’ve been good.

A 40” Panasonic Viera LED flat screen TV at your place would be nice. If you have the winning photo taken at Waihi’s Warm Up Party for Beach Hop it could be yours. Open to amateur photographers with a maximum 6 entries, all you have to do is get your entries in by the end of business this coming Tuesday, April 18. What shows off a bit of Waihi and the atmosphere? Check your photos and send your entry to info@waihi.org.nz, one shot per email, put them on a memory stick or disc and post to GO Waihi, PO Box 34, Waihi 3641 or drop them into Gold FM, upstairs on the corner of Seddon and Haszard Streets in Waihi. The judge’s decision is final. I’m sure you’d find a good spot for the TV!

Waihi’s Warm Up Party for Beach Hop next year is on Wednesday 21 March. Make sure you put it in your diary now and get at least the day off to join Waihi for a great day again. We like to kick off the festival with a fun day full of live music, entertainment, sales, food and refreshments and a Drag Race like no other. Throw in 600 plus hot rods and classic cars filling downtown Waihi vying for the trophies and the best-dressed competition for men, women, boys and girls and you’re starting to get the picture.

Echo Walking Festival caters for first timers, seasoned trampers and families wanting an outing in the fresh air. Here are a few walks coming up. The Train N Trek on Tuesday with Goldfields Railway, a fun easy one for the family. Wednesday, April 19 is the second Walk Through Waihi’s History and the Mangakino Pack Track walk is a little tougher but worth it on Saturday, April 22. The Walk Today and Plant for Tomorrow walk on Sunday 23 April is an easy grade 1 with the opportunity to plant a native tree as part of the experience. They’re all guided and apart from travel costs are free. Brochures around the Coromandel have details and go to our website and follow the link for walk descriptions and to register.

The historic Victoria Battery is a great place to check out lots of local history in Waikino, the Pit Rim Walkway around Martha Mine in the centre of Waihi is another hour and a half worth doing and not too strenuous and there’s Gilmour Lake for a relaxing time too. Waihi Art Centre and Museum’ll be open in Kenny St and a bit of time at the beach while the weather, and water, is still warm could be a good thing to do. Black Hill Walkway at the end of Clarke St in Waihi is a good walk circling Black Hill and also running alongside the Ohinemuri River. About an hour and a quarter, and add another 30 minutes if you go to the top. And then, of course, there’s the Hauraki Rail Trail for your bike or a walk.

Waihi Waterlily Gardens will be an awesome setting for this on Saturday 29 April. On from 10 am to 4 pm there’ll be entertainment, music, a BBQ and hot food, stalls and horse riding. And don’t miss the treasure hunts at 11 am and 1 pm. Entry’s free at 441 Pukekauri Rd, on the outskirts of Waihi.

This site has lots of information about things to see and do, some history of Waihi and places to stay along with eateries. There are different groups around our region and what they do along with contact details too. It’s regularly updated and you can contact GO Waihi here as well. And our town brochure, ‘Waihi New Zealand’s Heart of Gold’, available around town, is worth checking out too.

HERE’S A THOUGHT: Don’t limit your challenges, challenge your limits.