Update June 1

Posted by GO Waihi on 01/06/2017

It’s here! Queen’s Birthday has arrived and the long weekend will see an influx of visitors to our region. Welcome, we’re a friendly bunch who love our place. We hope you enjoy your stay and have fond memories when you go home. Here comes the shortest day too; best remembered as the longest night. Keep warm, get some you time sorted, if you’re on the roads you know the deal and here’s to a good series against the Lions.

Waihi Lions annual Book Fair also has music and games for sale. On Saturday from 9 am to 4.30 pm and Sunday between 10 am and 2 pm, the venue is the St John Anglican Church Hall opposite the Pumphouse. Categories galore, fiction and non, cooking to antiques, you’ll probably find it there. Good bargains and a great fundraiser.

Waihi Art Club’s annual Queen’s Birthday Exhibition at Waihi Memorial Hall is on Saturday and Sunday from 9 am to 4 pm. With artists working on site to talk to, the always popular raffles and all art for sale, it’s a good one for all ages, any weather. A gold coin will get you in.

Waihi Beach Community Centre has about 85 stalls ‘for your viewing pleasure’ on Sunday. It’s the annual Waihi Beach Art & Craft Fair, on between 10 am and 3.30 pm. $4 gets you in, cash goes a long way as there’s no eftpos there, and the ladies from Waihi Beach RSA have got the food and refreshments sorted again this year. From lazercut products, home spun knitwear, gourmet preserves, pickles and jams to wooden toys and products, jewellery, vintage crafts and designer clothing, you’ll need a bit of time to get around the hall.

Try these out across the long weekend. Victoria Battery, about 8 kms from Waihi at Waikino is full of history with a narrow gauge train, a kiln tunnel and museum run by volunteers. Waihi Art Centre and Museum in Kenny St has had a makeover, or should I say is in the process of. Lots of interesting artefacts and art too, it’s another inexpensive outing. The Gold Discovery Centre has lots to see, there’s the new Spike’s Bricks and Blocks Lego display in Haszard St with rooms of models and we’ve got you covered when it comes to eateries in and around town.

Not a problem with a couple of easy ones near town. The Martha Mine Pit Rim Walk is about an hour and a half at a casual pace with some good vantage points. Lots of entry points around the rim and by the iconic pumphouse is a good starting point. Gilmour Lake is just down the road with a flat casual walk around the lake taking about 20 to 30 minutes. Time it right and you’ll see lots of model boats, often on Sundays. Black Hill is another good walk, with the option of going around the base and also climbing to the top.

Join in and enjoy a good mix of Matariki – or Maori New Year - Celebrations. With a hikoi, dawn viewing, a community concert, waiata and Te Reo evenings and Tapuwai tournament you can see we like to celebrate this unique event. Details will be on our website soon.

This month-long event highlights all the things that go on in and around the Waihi district. From kids to adults, art to music, there are a lot of activities across the month. It’s also the time GO Waihi runs the annual Trolley Derby with Waihi Lions and Waihi Beach Dirt Track Club early in October. Fun for all ages it’s free to enter and a lot of fun. It’s fun for spectators too with lots of shops in sale mode and stalls through town too. Keep an eye on our website closer to the time, and if you have something you’d like to put into the mix get in touch with me.

HERE’S A THOUGHT: The thing that scares me a lot these days is the way some parents obey their children!