They’re off and it’s all on

Trolley’s in last year’s Derby. Supplied image.

A selection of stalls featuring food, music and entertainment is set to vamp up Waihi’s CBD in October with the return of GO Waihi’s annual Trolley Derby and Market Day.

The day is being celebrated from 9 am on Saturday October 6.

“Cafes, restaurants and eateries will take care of the hunger pangs and to set the mood, the town will also be filled with the sounds of the Kerepehi Brass Band,” says organiser Brian Gentil. “Add the Kati Katz band with Dixieland jazz and it’s set to be a musical treat through the morning.  

“A model boat display will also be running in the Memorial Hall with a wide variety of boats, from steam and sail to warships, to schooners and more. These boats are scale models that can reach 2 to 3 metres in length.

“From 10 a Fashion Show with a difference will be held am in front of the Memorial Hall, featuring school students modelling clothes and outfits made from recycled items.

“Downtown Waihi will be transformed into a race track of sorts come midday with the annual GO Waihi Trolley Derby getting underway at midday, with Waihi Lions and Waihi Beach Dirt Track helping run the day.”

He says a variety of prizes are also up for grabs on the day.

“Entrants will be heading down the Hazard Street hill and around the corner to the finish line in the main street, then it’s back to the top for as many runs as can be fitted in.”

Another highlight of the day is the Emergency Services Challenge between St John, Police, Fire Service and Coastguard, says Brian.

“The derby will host categories for men and women, and boys and girls of all ages; with an open class for trolleys that are a little different and don’t quite fit the regular dimensions.

“Think outside the square and come up with something different, like the Tardis, the banana and hamburger trolleys we’ve seen in the past.”

Entry is free for trolleys, with a $15 charge for stall holders.

To register, collect an application form from Hauraki District Council office in Rosemont Rd or Gold FM on the corner of Seddon and Haszard Streets.

Alternatively application forms can be found online at or by emailing

“Get ready to cheer on the brave hardy souls willing to take on the challenge of ‘The Haszard Street Hill’ course and remember with GO Waihi Rule Number One is to Have Fun,” says Brian.


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