Update December 20

Posted by GO Waihi on 20/12/2018

Ready or not here comes Christmas. I hope you get to do what you want, with who you want, when you want, where you want, but add a little extra time to get there eh. Busy’s an understatement and busier is on the way. Our roads have nice curves, scenes worth stopping for and destinations you wouldn’t mind staying longer in. Go with the flow; enjoy your time in the holiday capital of New Zealand and Happy Christmas and Merry All Year. Some down time, family time, lots of good times and you time sounds good. Hope Santa still thinks you’ve been behaving!

CHRISTMAS SPIRIT ALIVE AND WELL
It was obvious at the GO Waihi Christmas Parade that Waihi has a fantastic community spirit with a great mix of floats and a crowd to match. People knowing people, friends, neighbours, workmates all getting into the day. Thanks heaps for your support. To Harcourts Gold Star Real Estate thanks for your enthusiasm and support. The sponsorship you provide goes back into prizes and promotion of a great community event. Waihi Lions raffle the morning away before looking after barriers and the crowd, thank you, and Waihi Maori Wardens are always there helping. To all the float makers big ups, the truck, van, tractor, car and motorbike riders you were awesome and to the crowd, Santa says thank you and see you Christmas eve.

CAROLS BY DAYLIGHT – LATER IN THE AFTERNOON
You can catch the Waihi Women’s Choir at Waihi Beach town centre from 6 pm Froiday afternoon with their popular mix of Christmas Carols, other tunes and some great moves to boot. The site was yet to be chosen when this went to print but listen and you’ll easily hear where they are. They’ll help get you in the Christmas mood for sure.

EXTRAVAGANZA NOT EXTRAVAGANT
Here’s a good one for the family, and anyone for that matter. On December 31 and January 1 and 2 the Extravaganza Fair right next to the Waihi Beach Community Centre on Beach Rd is open from 9 am to 5 pm each day with free entry. They have all sorts of arts and craft stalls, lots of old school games for the kids, plenty of food and refreshments and a tiny house that you can have a look inside. There are performances through the day, a circus show and a magic show too.

LOCALS SHOPPING LOCALLY SUPPORTS LOCALS
While we welcome visitors to our shores it’s always important to remember we sustain our local region with support every day from you and me, locals. Do you need to go to a city to buy what is already available right here, or just down the road? The few bucks you might save are gobbled up in petrol, time and hassles. You supporting local businesses equates to economic sustainability, or basically our town and district surviving. There’s so much selection right under our nose, and the service and after sales support make a difference too. So shop locally and the choices of shops will grow.

AN IDEA OR THREE FOR THE SPARE MOMENT OR TWO
Get the walking shoes on and take a kilo or two off with a walk around the pit rim of Martha Mine. An hour and a half should do it, with time for a few photos – there’s something unique to take home. Victoria Battery is full of history, more than you realise. About 8 k’s from Waihi in Waikino you can park right alongside; give yourself a couple of hours to really get acquainted with the site. And don’t forget to visit Waihi Art Centre and Museum in Kenny St, for a good look at the history of one of our country’s older communities, Waihi.

BIKE IT, RUN IT, WALK IT, SHARE IT – EXPERIENCE IT
The Hauraki Rail Trail is there for all to enjoy and to enjoy it all, and being a grade 1 that’s very achievable. Give it a go, take a friend, or two, or the family and maybe the train back the other way. That’s the Goldfields Railway train, the one everyone toots at along SH2 while those aboard wave that travels between Waihi and Waikino railway stations several times a day.

HERE’S A THOUGHT: Remember, Christmas isn't about how big the tree is, or what's under it. It's about who's around it.