COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

On this page we will share relevant updates regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus) for the Thames-Coromandel District such as cancellation and postponement of local events and services.

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  • Offical information on COVID-19 from the NZ Government, click here.
  • Go to the Ministry of Health here to see the latest updates, information and advice on COVID-19.
  • See Waikato District Health Board's website for advice to people in the Waikato about COVID-19.
  • Contact the Healthline on 0800 358 5453, for health advice and information.
  • Freephone 0800 800 405 has been established for Waikato people struggling to get food, groceries, medication or other household goods and services.
  • Being in lockdown makes us experience all sorts of things: anxiety, loneliness, fear. Need to talk? Free phone or text 1737.
  • Reporting guidline breaches: Contact the police on 105 - don't ring 111 as that continues to be for emergencies only. Alternatively, you can report breaches with the online form here.

Our Mayor Sandra Goudie working from home.

Day 9: Stay home (not your holiday home) and save lives

“Please remember, you’re not stuck at home, you’re safe at home,” says our Mayor Sandra Goudie. "Your job as a New Zealander is to save lives - and to do that you have to stay in your bubble and close to home."

We will send out daily public updates at approx. 4pm. Sign up to our e-newsletter or follow us on Facebook.




Otis (assisting our Compliance Officers, pictured right) would like to remind everyone that pets are part of your bubble.

  • Dogs must be on lead at all times during lockdown.
  • When exercising our dogs, we need maintain a two-metre distance from others.
  • Please keep your dogs on leads, even in our off-leash areas during this time.

Enjoy your walkies. 😊 ☀️

Ways to stay connected:

Les Mills: TVNZ is partnering with  Les Mills to broadcast daily workout classes during the lock down while they put gym memberships on hold. Starting April 1 Les Mills will also be sharing 30 iconic Les Mills moves in 30 days from across their tribe. Tune in on @lesmillstribe Instagram stories. For more information click here.

Zoom: Zoom is a great way to stay connected with your loved ones and friends. It is a free cloud video conferencing application with screen-sharing features. It is easy to use and function with an easy to download app or you can use it straight off your laptop without downloading the app. For more information click here.

The Drift Yoga Studio in Whangamata: The team at Drift are supporting the community through providing short online yoga classes. These classes are free to participate through a live feed on their Instagram story and Facebook story. They also have a short mediation and breath work videos uploaded to their Facebook page. Click here for more information.

BodyWork Gym Whangamata are also providing free live homework outs such as spin bike classes.

F45 training: F45 is bringing workouts to people’s homes who want to stay active and improve their health. They have created virtual memberships with recorded workouts every day and all the resources to keep people fit and healthy during these uncertain times. Click here for more information.

Jigidi: Jigidi is a free online puzzle solving website where you can solve, create, share and talk about jigsaw puzzles. You can save your progress, create your own and much more. Click here for more information.

Colouring in online: If you need something to keep the kids entertained at home colouring in without pencils or colouring in books at home just become easier then ever. The is a free online website you can use. Click here for more information.

Food in your belly (Cooking with the kids): Chef Sid Sahrawat from Cassia Restaurant in Auckland will be reactivating his “Hospobaby” Facebook and Instagram accounts for the next few weeks, where he will be posting a series of video led recipes to follow during the lockdown. The videos will feature Chef Sid and eight year old daughter Zoya. Over the new few weeks at midday each Wednesday a new “How to” video will be posted for people to follow at home. For more information click here.

The menu to come:

  • 1 April: Sticky Master Stock Pork Ribs with Kimchi
  • 8 April (Easter):  Baked beans, bacon and bagels + Feijoa Crumble with vanilla mascarpone
  • 15 April: Balinese chicken with cucumber and mint salad
  • 22 April: Mushroom and prosciutto pizza

Local Businesses & Services:

In response to the New Zealand COVID-19 'Alert Level' all public venues such as libraries, pools, gyms, information centres, I-sites and our service centres will be closed until further notice.

The Whitianga Ferry service will not be running over the lockdown period. The ferry will run Tuesday 24 and Wednesday 25 March, from 7:30am to 7:30pm, and will then stop until the lockdown is lifted. As there is a road transport alternative for people to access essential services such as health, pharmacies, supermarkets etc. the ferry is not an essential service.  Also the ferry operation is very hands on and it is not possible for the operator to maintain separation from the customers.  They must make contact for the handling of cash and tokens and also to open and close the doors for passengers to get on and off.  This puts the staff in a high risk situation that needs to be eliminated.

Habit Rehabilitation (formally know as The Physio Room, Whangamata): If you have a new or existing injury they can still help with access to video calling to diagnose a new injury and provide advice regarding what you can do and what you should avoid. "This is a stressful time for everyone - Don’t let pain bring you down," says Nicola, physiotherapist. "Keeping active is vital during this isolation period for physical and mental health." Please call the clinic directly on 07 865 8120 and they will do their absolute best to help you.


All Pools are closed under NZ Government COVID-19 Alert 4 until further notice. 


All Libraries are closed under NZ Government COVID-19 Alert 4 until further notice. Under direction from the Government the wifi service at our libraries has been stopped to prevent people from gathering around these public spaces. Our District Library members can also access over 18,000 e-books and e-audiobooks, which can be borrowed online 24/7 - 

Community Based Assessment Centre (CBAC):

The Waikato District Health Board is setting up Community Based Assessment Centres (CBAC) throughout the Waikato.

These centres are for assessment and swabbing if you think you may have COVID-19. This is not a place for treatment or vaccinations i.e. influenza - you need to contact a general practice or doctor or pharmacy for these.

If you are displaying flu-like systems or have recently travelled, you need to phone Healthline on 0800 358 5453. Healthline will provide guidance on whether assessment and testing is needed. If you cannot get through to Healthline you can also phone your general practice/doctor for advice.

All GPs can offer COVID-19 assessments too as well as the following primary care organisations who are offering extended hours:

Te Korowai Hauora o Hauraki Thames
830am to 4.30pm Monday to Sunday
210 Richmond Rd
Ph: 07 868 0033
Ph: 0508 835 676

Click here for more information.


  • Pharmacies across the Thames-Coromandel District are putting measures in place to meet the needs of the community throughout the duration of the COVID-19. The five Thames pharmacies will remain open during business hours and encourage customers to phone order medicines or supplies and arrange to have them either collected at the front door or delivery can be arranged.
  • Pharmacies are coordinating to ensure that a delivery service will be available every day.
  • Please note, the numbers of customers inside any one pharmacy will be limited. You will be met at the door and invited in when it’s your turn. This is to allow enough space for social distancing and to protect staff.
  • Please check with your local pharmacy to see what they can offer during this time.

Cancelled or postponed events:

To minimise the potential spread of the virus and protect our community event organisers around the District after careful consideration have decided to postpone or cancel events as a precaution.

Please let us know if you have a local service, activity or event postponed/cancelled you would like us to include on this page by emailing us -


  • A Taste of Matarangi - (4 April) Back next year
  • Creative Mercury Bay - Oleg Marshev (27 March) 
  • Creative Mercury Bay – Brendon Dooley - Mayhem! The ULTIMATE Kids Magic Show (24 March)
  • Whitianga Arts, Craft and Farmers Market - until the 20/21 season
  • Whangamata Lions Market (11 April) 
  • Dive Zone Dive Festival (17-19 April)  
  • NZ Offshore Power Boats, Whitianga (18 April) 
  • Poppy Flight - Mercury Bay Aero Club & MB Museum (27 March) 
  • Book of Mormon at the Thames Civic Theatre 
  • Weekend Markets Whangamata - until the 20/21 season
  • Easter Bunny Bash (11 April) Karanghake Hall 
  • Tairua Volunteer Fire Brigade Easter Market  
  • Whangamata Run Walk Festival (Sept) until next year
  • Thames BA5 - Until further notice
  • Lawrence Arabia – Eggcentric (21 March)
  • Returned and Services' Association (RSA) has cancelled public events commemorating Anzac Day 2020.
  • Coromandel Town Seafood Fest 
  • Whangamata Ocean Sports Club –  Jet Ski Comp, Tag and Release Comp and Junior Fishing Comp
  • Thames Valley Primary Schools Swimming event (25 March)
  • Waikato Full Primary School swimming events 
  • Matarangi Fire Station's Friday social club night – will reassess next week
  • Whitianga Scallop Festival (12 September)
  • All the Waikato Road Safety events/workshops - Child restraint checks, Driver referesher training, Cycle skills.


  • Tech Week in Coromandel Town (Wedneasday 22 May) - new date Wednesady 29 July 
  • Pauanui Half Marathon (21 March) - new date TBC
  • Repco Beach Hop - Postponed until November 25-29
  • New Zealand Rugby, Netball New Zealand and NZ Football has postponed all club and community games.
  • St Francis School Irish Fling - (20 March) postponed to Term 4 - new date TBC
  • Equippers Thames - Sunday Funday Community Day Out postponed until October - date TBC.
  • Thames Music & Drama's 'Up the Duff' (3 April) at Tararu Cultural Centre postponed 
  • Waitakaruru Bingo Fundraiser (28 March) - new date TBC
  • Thames Country Music Weekend (20-22 March) - new date TBC
  • Kuaotunu Pumpkin Festival 
  • Coro 200 Illume Festival postponed to 25 - 26 September
  • Coroglen Tavern – White Chapel Jack (11 April) - postponed to Labour Weekend
  • Whitianga Half Marathon - new date to be confirmed
  • Matarangi Fishing Club – Doris Day Out Ladies Comp (21 March) - new date TBC
  • Echo walking festival - until further notice