Update January 26

Posted by GO Waihi on 26/01/2017

Welcome to the Hauraki and Coromandel Anniversary Weekend and the holiday capital of New Zealand, and there’s been a recent survey to back that up. Relax, get busy checking out all there is to do, or find somewhere in between the two and enjoy the long weekend. We love visitors and happily share our piece of paradise. Please take care of it so others can enjoy it in the future, like next weekend, another long one celebrating Waitangi Day. GO Waihi has a few ideas for the weekend and a few suggestions for a little further ahead for you to enjoy.

ANNUAL CRICKET MATCH A GOOD STARTER
The 70th annual cricket match between teams from Waikino and Auckland is on Saturday at the Waikino Domain, about 8 km’s from Waihi towards the Karangahake Gorge. Take a deckchair and umbrella, sit under the trees and enjoy a fun day from 10.30 am. Kids can enjoy the zoom slide and magic carpet rides and refreshments are available. It’s a family friendly day, although Waikino would like to lift the shield Auckland currently holds.

ART WAIHI’S EXHIBITION’S WORTH A VISIT
The artists are excited about displaying a wide selection of art styles in Waihi’s Memorial Hall tomorrow through to Monday between 10 am and 4 pm. Val Tubman will be exhibiting, and there’ll be water colours to pastels, oil paintings to acrylics and pottery on display as well. Everything’s for sale, chat with the artists working on site and a gold coin donation is the entry fee.

AND FOR ART AT THE BEACH
There’s a Contemporary Art Expo at United Church Hall in Wilson Rd at Waihi Beach Friday and Saturday. Between 10 am and 4 pm three well-known local beach artists are combining their works to display, and it’s for sale too. Works include original contemporary and abstract styles in different mediums like oil, acrylic, resin, ink and collage.

A STROLL IN THE PARK - MODEL BOATS ARE A BONUS
Waihi’s Gilmour Lake is a great place for a stroll, a picnic, to let the kids play in the playground, to check out the model boats on Sunday and to relax. It leads to several other easy walks if you’re inclined and there’s plenty of space to get out a ball, a Frisbee or possibly a kite.

PIT RIM WALK WORTH IT WITH A UNIQUE VIEW OF WAIHI
Take in Martha Mine from all sides as you stretch your legs for about an hour and a half, casually. Information boards tell some of the history and facts, and take a few shots along the way. It’s at the top of the main street, Seddon St, beside the iconic Pumphouse, that close. There are other entry points too with great views right the way around.

BEACH HOP DAY 1 IN WAIHI’S A GOOD REASON TO VISIT
10,000 plus people can’t be wrong, surely. 600 plus hot rods and classic cars can’t be wrong either. Wednesday March 22 sees Waihi transformed with cars, sales and specials through shops downtown, lots of stalls, the Gold FM Drag Race at 12.30 pm up the main street, best dressed male and female competition, loads of food and refreshments and bands playing rock and roll through town. Come and join the fun with Waihi’s Warm Up Party for Beach Hop.

ECHO WALKING FESTIVAL IS FAMILY FRIENDLY AND MORE
April 1 to 23 sees over 40 walks suitable for first timers through family friendly walks to experienced trampers wanting a challenge on offer. Brochures available around town are a good start for walk descriptions, and head to the ECHO Walking Festival for more and to register. An hour, half a day, overnight, hills, tunnels, glow worms, waterfalls, cliff tops, mountains, train rides ... you get the idea eh!?

HERE’S A THOUGHT: Get even ... with the people that have helped you.