Update February 1

Posted by GO Waihi on 01/02/2018

And here we are in February already. I had a great January, hopefully you did too, and I’m rolling the holiday vibe over into this month even if there are the normal routines to deal with. There’s no reason we can’t continue with the beach and bush theme, spending time at the beach and outdoors while the fine warm weather continues. Funny how the jobs still get done, but the stress levels are down with the relaxed mindset. School’s are almost all back in, and there are plenty of holiday makers still around, along with locals taking time off having worked through. February sees plenty on around the region and lots of clubs and groups getting back together after a break over the summer. Let’s check some things coming up.

THIS IS ME FESTIVAL FOR WOMEN, GIRLS AND FAMILIES
Organised by Sport Waikato and Waihi Sport N Action this is happening on Saturday February 17 at Morgan Park between 10 am and 1 pm and is free. It’s an ideal time to find out what sorts of things are available around here to encourage, support and celebrate physical activity, participation among women and girls of all ages and abilities. Whether it’s a walking group, fitness training, some casual catch ups with other like minded folk, a sports club or looking at your diet and nutrition there’ll be someone there to have a chat to, get some info from, and even displays, demonstrations and give it a go sessions. Food and refreshments will be available. There are also competitions and spot prizes. Register on the day or at thisisme.org.nz to be in to win an iphone 6.

SOME (INEXPENSIVE) IDEAS FOR THE LONG WEEKEND
Try the Pit Rim Walk around the top of Martha Hill. Some exercise, a little history with the info boards along the way, it takes about an hour and a half including time for photos and you can enter at a variety of places around the mine. The Hauraki Rail Trail has some fantastic scenery from Waihi through Waikino and into the Karangahake Gorge, and all on a grade 1 track shared by walkers and bikes. Victoria Battery used to be bigger than Hamilton and has an interesting history. Check out the museum, kiln tunnels and ride the narrow gauge train for a small cost, again with a little exercise included walking around the site. Goldfields Railway is operating from Wrigley St in Waihi with three trips out to Waikino and back each day too. Oh, and Gilmour Lake and Park’s a great place to visit with kids playground, lots of model boat enthusiasts and plenty of spaces to throw a blanket down and have a picnic in the shade.

VISIT WAIHI ART CENTRE AND MUSEUM
Their Summer Exhibition has been popular. If you hurry you can catch the tail end in the gallery with an art exhibition featuring pieces from the Museum collection along with pottery, weaving, embroidery and lots of local artists works too. In Kenny St it’s just a donation to get into the gallery, while the museum is only $5 adults, $3 for children and $15 for a family of four. And there’s a ton of history with Waihi one of New Zealand’s ‘older towns’.

WALKS & TALKS WHAT ECHO WALKING FESTIVAL’S ABOUT
Year 15 for this event and we’ve got some great walks lined up no matter what your fitness level. Lots are on private land and not available any other times so check the website www.echowalkfest.org.nz for descriptions and then book on line early so you don’t miss out. It’s on from April 7 to 22 with a good mix of walks from an hour with an easy grade to challenging walks for the seasoned tramper. Walks are guided and free apart from travel costs and a donation if you like, and they’re all based nearby, from the Coromandel to the Kaimais.

BOOK IT IN, STALLS APPLICATIONS AND DRAG RACE ENTRIES ARE OPEN
Wednesday 21 March is a big day with hundreds of hot rods and classic cars on display through Waihi CBD with Waihi hosting Day One of Beach Hop 2018, kicking off the five day event. Want a stall application or to register a team for the Gold FM Drag Race; check our website or get in touch for a form. From the best dressed man, woman, girl and boy competitions, through all the shops and stalls with an amazing array of who knows what for sale, to the cafes and eateries catering for so many tastes and the Gold FM Drag Race, it’s a fantastic day not to be missed. Add three bands playing Rock & Roll all day through town along with free entry you can see why it attracts thousands of visitors. Set the day aside for a great experience.

HERE’S A THOUGHT: Children in back seats cause accidents. Accidents in back seats cause children.