Special Publications : Paradise Playground 2012
Paradise Playground 13 Paradise Playground welcomes you to Waihi New Zealand’s heart gold of Waihi’s unique - the Martha Mine and the Cornish Pumphouse, just metres from the centre of town Waihi’s walkways - half an hour to half a month, almost anything’s possible Waihi’s fabulous fishing - rivers or coastal, you’re sure to catch something Waihi’s history & heritage - gold mining heritage sites, New Zealand rail history you can ride on, the Historic Victoria Battery, Waihi Gold Museum & Art Gallery Waihi’s the natural hub to - the Bay of Plenty, the Coromandel, the Hauraki Plains, Waikato & Auckland Phone 07 863 3030 · Email email@example.com Please visit our website www.waihi.org.nz With its rich mining history and some of the best walking tracks in the country Waihi is definitely a destination town. The town’s promoter, Go Waihi coordinator Brian Gentil says the town is a great place to base yourself as you explore the wonderful beaches at Waihi Beach and Whiritoa and enjoy the scenic steam train trip into the Karangahake Gorge to the Waikino Station Cafe before taking a walk under the road and across the river to the Victoria Mine Battery. “In town there is plenty to see too with the only open cast gold mine in New Zealand to look deep into and lots of eateries and shops to spend hours enjoying,” he says. Over the summer live bands will be playing in the streets at various times and days while the Waihi Art Centre and Museum in Kenny St, and Waihi’s Gold Story situated downstairs in the visitor centre, are well worth a visit. Mr Gentil says the people of Waihi have a great attitude and the town has some amazing attractions and community events to keep visitors to the town busy. “Over the holiday period there is plenty of action planned for the town with the Waihi Summer Art Festival, the Rusty Nuts Car Show and the Jalopy Dust Up happening in January alone,’ he said. The Jalopy Dust Up on Sunday, January 13, will see nostalgia hot rods, pre-1965 cars and vintage speedway car racing, rockabilly bands and burlesque dancing on offer, while the Rusty Nuts Car Show will see 80 classic cars parked on Waihi Beach on Saturday, January 12. He says Waihi hosts the first event to mark the start of the Whangamata Beach Hop with over 800 classic cars arriving in town and parking in the main street while three live bands play and people get a chance to get really up close to these wonderful cars. “We look forward each year to seeing the cars drive into town and park up. Last year there were so many they could not all fit in the cordoned off areas but no one minded and there was a great atmosphere with rock’n’roll dancing in the streets and plenty of chrome and shiny paintwork to inspect,” he says. Mr Gentil says the Gold FM Drag Race will once again be a major attraction during Goldfest. “This event has grown year after year, we have a team of farmers from Te Awamutu who come every year and we are starting to see some challenges from businesses from Paeroa and hopefully Thames may send a team or two this year,” he says. The ECHO Walk Festival begins in April with stunning organised walks around the Martha Mine, over the hills above Waihi Beach, through the beautiful Karangahake Gorge and more. Waihi’s Goldfest is not to be missed with a month long calendar of events for visitors to enjoy which includes the annual trolley derby, gold panning – for real gold, an amazing race, Beach Olympics and many have-a -go sports events. Aside from events there is plenty to do every day of the week in Waihi from a quiet walk around the Martha Mine, which takes around an hour and a quarter at an easy pace, to seeking out the wonderful arts and crafts which abound in the town. For more about what’s on in Waihi check out www.waihi.org.nz ALL GO: Another Go Waihi Warm Up Party for Beach Hop, with thousands of people flocking to Waihi for the day to enjoy the classic cars and hot rods, the music, the Gold FM Drag Race, the best dressed male and female competition, the atmosphere and loads of specials and sales through the town. Busy town with a heart of gold Waihi is not just a ‘drive through to somewhere else’ town.
Home and Living 2012