Goldfest runs through October in and around Waihi featuring events and activities for all ages, from the young to the young at heart. ONE of the popular events taking place is the Trolley Derby and Skateboard Competition.
The Trolley Derby and Skateboard Comp are free, fun for boys, girls, men and women, and whether you’ve done it before or not doesn’t matter. Give it a go, I bet you love it. Rules and guidelines are on the entry forms located on the Go Waihi website.
The Mosaic Garden
This is the House and Garden of N.Z. Mosaic Artist Jude Morrah. Located at 22 Connell Street East, Waihi, the garden is open to visit during the day. Adults $5 & children $4.
Time: Every 3rd Saturday of the month, from 8.30am – 1pm
Location: Waihi Memorial Hall and in Seddon and Haszard Streets
Waihi’s Memorial Hall and Seddon and Haszard streets will have a great variety of stalls selling their wares. It’s an ideal time to pick up something a little different, for you or perhaps early for a birthday coming up.
Stalls are free for children and non profit community groups too, so it’s an ideal opportunity to fund raise. You can call Jenny to book a stall on 863 9066.
Waihi Beach is one of new Zealand’s most beautiful surf beaches. For toddlers there is the very calm and safe Anzac Bay.
Location: 12 to 15 minutes drive from the motel.
Once of the greatest sport activities, you can experience the thrill of gravity powered downhill boards on a purpose built mountainboard track. Learn to ride the four-wheeled boards, a cross between a skateboard and a snowboard.
Katikati Bird Gardens
A beautiful and extensive park and bird sanctuary near Katikati, the Katikati Bird Gardens feature a wide range of native and colourful birds. Set in delightful gardens of mature trees, lily ponds, wetlands and secret paths. A great gift shop with a bird and garden theme. Cafe serving Italian coffee and light lunches. Golf car tours and accommodation in a romantic cottage. Great gardens to visit, family day out and place to unwind. For Bird enthusiasts the Katikati Bird Gardens are an oasis. Set on the edge of the harbour with a purpose built man made fresh water lake and with natural saline wetlands visitors can get up close and experience a fantastic area of the bird sanctuary.
The wetlands area are home to a number of Kawaupaka (little shags) and ocassionally Kotuku-ngutupapa (Royal Spoonbill), white faced herons nest in the magnolias, paradise shelducks, black swans and Papango(black teal) grace the ponds.
In the more formal areas of the gardens visitors can see Kea ( NZ Mountain Parrot), Kereru (Wood Pigeon), Kakariki ( NZ Parakeet).