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What's on in the Coromandel?

21 December 2017

The Coromandel celebrates summer by hosting many visitors and events and to help make sure everyone has equal access to and enjoyment of all our beaches and reserves, we have a few summer tips to please keep in mind. Our "Coromandel Summer Tips" brochure can be viewed online or a copy can be picked up from any of the District Service Centres.

Thames Christmas Wonderland

11 - 24 December 2017, 7.30pm - 10.30pm

Thames Civic Centre

Get into the Christmas spirit with the Thames Christmas light display.  A combination of light, static display and hands-on creativity. Make this part of your Christmas tradition and spend an evening out with the kids.

Matarangi Santa Parade 

Saturday 22 December, 11.00am

Santa is coming to town, gather your mates and decorate your favourite set of wheels or pull out your best Christmas costume for this beach side parade. All welcome.

Carols by Candlelight 

7.30pm - Williamson Park, Whangamata

Carols by Candlelight until after Santa comes to visit. Brought to you by the Community Church. Bring a chair or blanket and a donation for a candle & song sheet. Glow products will be on sale for the kids.

Whanga Week

Wednesday 27 December - Tuesday 2 January 2018

Whanga Week ™ was started by the club Patron, Richard Scelly Q.S.M 32 years ago in 1985 as a way to encourage families and friends to participate in outdoor events over the summer season and raise funds to help the club purchase the vital equipment needed to help protect the men, women and children who use the aquatic environment at Whangamata.
For further information regarding this years schedule see the Whangamata Surf Lifesaving website.

Gold fever year is underway, marking the 150th anniversary of the Thames Goldfields opening. Check the online calendar of events here to see what's on.

Thames Public Art Trust - Sculpture Competition

1 November 2017 - 10 January 2018

Competition is open to anyone interested in developing sculpture projects to populate the Kopu -Thames leg of the Hauraki Rail Trail.

Click here to see more details on the competition or see Thames Public Art Trust on Facebook.

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Whitianga Wellbeing Market

29 December - 7 January, 10.00am - 5.00pm

Whitianga Town Hall

Barter Barber

Barter Barber is travelling around New Zealand trading goods and services for haircuts and using that time to talk to men about masculinity, communication, mental health and suicide prevention.  

The Thames Coromandel region will be hoting Barter Barber over the summer period.  Please see list of dates below.

30 December - 1 January - Whangamata
2 - 4 January - Mercury Bay 
5-6 January - Coromandel Town
11-14 January - Thames

For further information regarding Barter Barber see their facebook page.

New Years Eve at the Coroglen Tavern

Tickets available at Coroglen Tavern, Blackjack Surf and  AAA Ticketing

Opera in the Park,

Williamson Park, Whangamata

Monday 1 January 2018, 7.30pm - 10.00pm

Ian Campbell and the Garden Opera Company.  A free community concert.

Be sure to come down to Williamson Reserve to support fantastic NZ talent. The concert starts promptly at 8.00pm, so be there early to enjoy the full concert experience. Bring a blanket or chair and a donation for the bucket rounds.

Moehau Enviroment Group

January 2018 programme.

Each year a dedicated bunch of volunteers from Moehau Environment Group (MEG) run a Summer Programme over January on the Coromandel. The programme offers kiwis and visitors the chance to experience and enjoy Coromandel’s natural treasures guided by local volunteers keen to share their passion and knowledge. Download the MEG Summer Holiday Programme Final 2018.

Department of Conservation - Kauaeranga Summer Fun

Kauaeranga Visitors Centre

January 2018

A fun-filled, jam-packed January for all ages, including abseiling, gold panning, kids craft activites, treasure hunts, teddy bear picnic, movie nights, conservation talks on moa, bats and kauri history, gecko encounters, day walks with knowledgable DOC rangers, twilight walks, mountain biking and the free live music event - The Picnic in the Forest.  For the full programme of events see their website.

For information on volunteer programmes throughout Coromandel over the summer period see their volunteers website.

Coroglen Tavern

2 January 2018

Tickets available at Coroglen Tavern, Blackjack Surf and  AAA Ticketing.

Keltic Fair

Tuesday 2 January, 9.00am - 4.00pm

Coromandel Area School, 151 Tiki Road, Coromandel

The Keltic Fair is one of New Zealand's most successful fairs and the highlight of the Coromandel holiday season. Over 300 stalls including arts and crafts, food stalls, all-day entertainment. Entry $2 per person over 5-year-old with all gate proceeds going to the Coromandel Area School.

For further information see Keltic Fair website.

Bringing Country to the Beach

Tuesday 2 January 2018, 5.00pm - 7.00pm

Whangamata RSA

Pauanui Summer Series Market Day

Wednesday 3 January

Kennedy Park, Pauanui

The Annual Market Day is one of the largest in the Coromandel with over 150 different stalls. Everything from art, crafts, tools, clothing, and delicious food.  Not to mention a huge area filled with kids' amusements. There truly is something for everyone!

Interislander Summer Festival Thames Races

Thursday 4 January 2018

Kids are absolutely spoilt for choice with a great range of activities, there will also be plenty of giveaways for the adults including the famous Thames Flounder Packs. Come and enjoy the delicious local food and wine of The Coromandel and live music. A day not to miss.

Thursday 4 January 2018, 12.00 - 4.00pm

Williamson Park, Whangamata

Colour Splash

Bring a group – wear something you don’t mind getting paint powder on, powder will be available for purchase.


Thursday 4 January 2018

Wiiliamson Park, Whangmata

For ticket information see Ticket Master

Saturday 6 January 2018

Williamson Park, Whangamata

For ticket information see Shapeshifter

Tairua Food and Wine Festival

Saturday 6 January 2017, 9.00am - 4.00pm

The Tairua School Wine & Food Festival is a major event for the local community and an important fundraiser for the school. The upcoming festival boasts an array of exciting new aspects along with the usual favourites, with a big focus on celebrating all things local to the Coromandel. Visitors to the festival will experience a delicious offering of food and beverages including several New Zealand craft selections. With entertainment provided by Anika Moa. 

For further information see the Tairua Food and Wine Festival website.

Extravaganza Fair, Whangamata

6 and 7 January 2018

Whangamata Area School

A free event for the family, where you will find market stalls, arts and craft, food, all day entertainment with musicians playing tunes, kids shows running throughout the day where your children can 'shine like stars' and be involved.  

Mercury Bay Seaside Carnival

Monday 8 January 2018, 9.00am - 3.00pm

Over 120 stalls, arts and crafts, designer clothing, music, food, rides and all day entertainment.

For further information see their website.

Concert in the Vines

Friday 12 January 2018

Mercury Bay Estate

If you like summer, kiwi music and supporting a great cause, this event is perfect for you. Artists include Landslide (Fleetwood Mac tribute) Will Martin and Kendall Wise

Email for ticket information.

Sunday 28 January 2018

Whitianga Waterways Arena  (Auckland Anniversary Weekend)

Sold Out

There will be a free shuttle bus service running to and from the event from Brophys Beach, Buffalo Beach Reserve, Whitianga Wharf, Taylors Mistake and Mercury Bay Area School.

For further event information on the event or for those who may be selling tickets see

Leadfoot Festival

3 and 4 February 2018

280 Link Road, Hahei

The Leadfoot Festival is a unique weekend on the New Zealand and International calendar that brings together a unique mix of classic cars, vintage motorcycles and motorsport legends. New Zealand racing legend, Rod Millen opens his private grounds at the Leadfoot Ranch to host more than 150 champion and competitive race participants.

For ticket information see Leadfoot

Farmers Markets

Coroglen Market

Gumtown Hall, Coroglen - Sundays from Labour Weekend to Easter.

A fabulous farmers's market for you to buy some local organic produce, home made goodies and crafts.  Conveniently located on the main road State Highway 25 at the historic Gumtown Hall.

Coromandel Town Market

31 Kapanga Road, Coromandel - Fridays 8am - 12pm

Local manuka honey, home grown community market, baking and much more!

Thames Market

Every Saturday 8am-12noon - Pollen Street, Grahamstown.

Head down to the Thames Market this weekend. Don't forget to bring your own bag, basket or box to the Thames Market, plastic carry bags are no longer allowed.

Whangamata Community Market

Whangamata Library Carpark - Sundays from Labour Weekend to Easter

Held in the heart of the Whangamata township. Selling goods from arts and crafts to produce!
Come enjoy the warm atmosphare!

Whitianga Market

Soldiers Memorial, Whitianga - Saturdays from Labour Weekend to Easter.

Your opportunity to purchase some beautifully made local crafts, art and homegrown produce from the Mercury Bay area at the Whitianga Farmers Market.