Update January 20

Posted by GO Waihi on 20/01/2017

It’s great to see so many people enjoying the great outdoors, even if the weather has been a little ‘iffy’ across the first part of summer. Beaches are the destination for many, and bush walks have been popular too. I notice the days are getting just that little shorter after the longest day around December 21, but we’ve had fairly decent weather for the school holidays overall so far. This time next week we’ll be heading into Anniversary Weekend and a three day weekend, followed by Waitangi Day the following Monday, February 6. Sticky tar and road works are hazards we have to take into consideration at the moment, and lots of extra vehicles will inevitably mean delays sometimes. Relax, and enjoy your trip as part of your holiday.

Every third Saturday of the month Waihi Lions put out the trestle tables and the welcome mat at Waihi Memorial Hall which gets filled with a variety of stalls with everything from home made soaps to fresh produce. There’re the regular stalls, and regularly new stalls to add to the mix, and lots of stalls streetside too. From plants and produce to old tools and kids clothing it’s a great start to your Saturday. And then there are all the local shops with something a little different to those in the cities. Worth browsing and enjoying a bite to eat at the cafes and eateries through Waihi township.

(Not too) many hands make light work, and having the right people to help with the right jobs makes everything run smoothly. If you’d like to be part of a fun day and help as well, get in touch with GO Waihi. Waihi Lions do a great job, and we’d like a few more volunteers to help out on the day, while also having time to enjoy day one of Beach Hop, being held in Waihi on Wednesday 22 March. If you’ve got some time and energy we’d love to hear from you.

Art Waihi invites you to their exhibition across Anniversary Weekend at Waihi Memorial Hall from Friday 27 to Monday 30. Between 10 am and 4 pm each day there’ll be artists at work who are happy to have a chat, and all the art’s for sale. Add in pottery and you’ve got a good couple of hours at least ahead of you to ‘take in the bigger picture’. A gold coin is all that’s required to get in to see a wide range of styles of art from modern to landscapes that the members have been working on.

Originally built in 1878 Athenree Homestead is always worth a visit as the volunteers work away at restoring the homestead and grounds. This is where money raised from visitors goes. The railway station cafe has a good selection of food and refreshments and you can enjoy Devonshire Tea too. They’re open Sundays from 12 am to 3 pm along Athenree Rd, just a few hundred metres off State Highway 2 at the southern end of Athenree Gorge, and there are guided tours of the homestead too.

The Hauraki Rail Trail is a great grade 1 walk or bike ride alongside the Ohinemuri River for much of it into the Karangahake Gorge from Waihi (or the opposite way if you prefer). In Waikino you’ll find the Victoria Battery site with an amazing museum, underground kiln tunnels and a friendly volunteer or two to tell you about aspects of the hard rock processing in the good old tough gold mining days on this site. Ride the narrow gauge tram through the remains and relics of what was the largest quartz ore processing plant in Australasia. And then there’s Goldfield’s Railway with the train running three times a day between Waihi Railway Station in Wrigley St and Waikino Railway Station.

HERE’S A THOUGHT: The family that sticks together should probably bath or shower more often.