Update January 25

Posted by GO Waihi on 25/01/2018

How have those temperatures been lately? Worth a dip or two to cool off I reckon. Roads will be busy again as we welcome thousands to the holiday capital of New Zealand for the three day Anniversary Weekend. Another few days and January will be behind us and schools are gearing up to start. I’m gearing up for another three day weekend, well kind of, with Waitangi Day on Tuesday 6 February. Speaking of gearing up, wheels are starting to turn for Day One of Beach Hop – Waihi’s Warm Up Party. More info on this below, along with several other things on and coming up around the Waihi district. We keep busy with lots of things happening; check some of them out here and on our website. Don’t forget the ‘Super Moon’ this Wednesday!

BEACH HOP AND DAY ONE IS ON IN WAIHI MARCH 21
Wednesday 21 March is Day One of Beach Hop, New Zealand’s favourite event. Waihi hosts this day with a Warm Up Party and likes to turn on a fun day for car enthusiasts and all visitors and locals with a variety of things to see and enjoy. Hundreds of hot rods and classic cars take over the town centre, there’s the (in)famous Gold FM Drag Race at lunchtime through the CBD and there are a ton of shops and stalls with sales and specials ready to wow you. Add a fantastic mix of eateries to take away those hunger pangs and you’ve got a great day. Dress for the occasion and you could win the best-dressed male, female, boy or girl competition. Here’s your invite, RSVP’s not required, just turn up and enjoy the fun and excitement. Set that date.

WAIHI BEACH DIRT TRACK CLUB’S UP FOR A BIG CHALLENGE
Last weekend was their Points Day, this Sunday Waihi Beach Dirt Track Club has their Club Championships on and their annual Meremere Challenge too - a double whammy! The action kicks off at 11 am across the afternoon and $5 gets an adult in. Food and refreshments are available and you can take a chilly bin, umbrella, deck chairs and friends along to enjoy the action and view too. Head along Waihi Beach Rd, get halfway down the gorge and their driveway is right beside the quarry, on the left. Sunscreen, that’s a must too. Good luck to the locals.

A GOOD ONE FOR THIS LONG WEEKEND
Head to Kenny St and the Waihi Art Centre and Museum this weekend. They’re open from midday to 3 pm every day through January with their Summer Exhibition on in the gallery featuring embroidery, weaving and pottery and lots of paintings by local art groups. Also on display will be some of the Museum’s collection. With a major makeover last year the museum’s also worth checking out, in the same building. It’s full of the past, and Waihi has a very colourful and interesting past. A gold coin gets you into the gallery and the museum’s very reasonable too: $5 for adults, $3 for kids and families of four just $15.

OLD AND BEAUTIFUL – ANTIQUES AND COLONIAL COLLECTABLES
What have you got on the shelf, stored away, or in the cupboard that you don’t know much about? The Antiques Road Show is heading back to Waihi Beach Community Centre and for $5 you can get assessments of up to three items by a valuer. Ceramics, watches, art, china, glass, jewellery, vintage clothing, NZ artifacts, coins and stamps, memorabilia and books … there’s a good starter for you. It’s on this Saturday, January 27 from 10 am to 4 pm.

CLEAN YOUR BOOTS, POLES, BIKE WHEELS ... AND DOG’S PAWS
Kauri Dieback is a disease we need to halt as it’s killing our Kauri forests, with no known cure. Tiny spores are being transported by walkers and those biking through our bush and you can help stop the spread by staying on tracks, staying off Kauri roots and cleaning your gear before you go in and as you leave the bush – that’s boots and walking shoes, bike wheels and walking poles and sticks; and yes even the dog paws please. If you can’t do it there bag your items so you can wash them with hot soapy water at home, and tell others to do the same.

HERE’S A THOUGHT: Make the most of the best and the least of the worst.