Sun, surf and sounds for holiday hordes
The sand and surf became centre stage for a bumper season of visitors to Whangamata, Pauanui and Tairua over the peak summer period with daytime events catering to just about everyone.
From world-record classic car gatherings to contests that celebrated fitness, fishing and beauty — there was never a dull moment.
Whanga Week kicked off on December 27 with the GJ Gardner 10/5km run starting at Whangamata Surf Club.
For the fit and fun-loving there was the Ocean Sports Club Classic Harbour Swim the following morning, which saw swimmers make their way from Clark Island to the wharf.
It was the Golden Homes i-float Craft Challenge the next day, followed on Sunday by Whangamata¯ Real Estate’s Pub to Club Run on a magical evening when the main beach was still buzzing with sun seekers, surfers and families.
The last day of 2018 saw the Z Energy Whanga Fun Walk, while January 1 got entrants out of bed for the start — at the respectable New Year’s Day hour of 11am — of the Stirling Sports Miracle Mile.
Meanwhile in Tairua, the Tairua Surf Club lifeguards completed a 4km ocean swim from Shoe Island all the way to Tairua Beach, hitting the water on a beautiful New Year’s morning, fresh and bright at 7am. The guards are preparing for a trip to Huntington Beach in California and have been training hard in anticipation.
Tairua School Wine and Food Festival, which featured the Jordan Luck Band as headlining act, drew record numbers.
In Pauanui, a bevy of
The 25th anniversary Tairua School Wine and Food Festival event featured the popular Sir George Grey bar, a replica of the popular and historic pub that was demolished in the early 2000s.
LEFT: The sack race at the Barry Wade Pauanui Family Sports Day. FAR LEFT: Relaxing and taking everything in at the Barry Wade Pauanui Family Sports Day.