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27 December 2018

As we farewell 2018 and get ready to see in 2019 ...there's still a few events to head to before the year is out.

You can experience the sounds of the summer at Coroglen with six different music events to celebrate the festive season or check out the Mercury Bay Art Escape 2019 guide loaded with information on artists, studio locations, self-drive guides, accommodation and food.The guide is available at galleries, i-Sites and libraries in the Coromandel.

Or download a copy here.

Twilight Market

Thursday 27 December 2018 4pm – 8pm at Williamson Park, Ocean Road, Whangamata.

For more information visit Eventfinda.

Whangamata Summer Festival

Thursday 27 December 2018 - Wednesday 2 2019 at Wiliamson Park, Whangamata. 

For more information click here. 

Annual Market Day

Friday 28 December 2018 9am – 4pm at Williamson Park, Ocean Road, Whangamata. 

For more information visit Eventfinda. 

Visiti The Coroglen Facebook Page for more information. 

Sons of Zion & Tomorrow People + More

Sunday 30 December 2018 6pm at The Whitianga Hotel, 1 Blacksmith Lane, Whitianga. 

For tickets and more information visit Eventfinda.

Real Health NZ Summer Workout Series

Monday 31 December 2018 9:30am – 10:30am at The Pepe Reserve, 220 Main Road, Tairua. 

For more information visit Eventfinda. 

Pauanui Tairua New Year's Eve Fireworks Display

Monday, 31 December, at the Tairua-Pauanui Harbour.

For more information on the Pauanui Tairua New Years Eve Fireworks Display click here.

Rocky Rhodes - New Years

Monday 31 December 2018 8pm – 1am at Waihi Memorial RSA, Seddon Road, Waihi.

For more information visit Eventfinda.

NYE at Lukes Kitchen - Strangely Arousing + DJ Set

Monday 31 December 2018 7:30pm – 12:30am at Lukes Kitchen, 20 Blackjack Road, Whitianga, Kuaotunu, The Coromandel.

For tickets and more informaton visit Eventfinda. 

The Original Gypsy Fair – Est'd 1990

Tuesday 1 January 2019 – Friday 4 January, 9am - 5pm 2019 at Whangamata Area School, Port Road, Whangamata.

For more information please visit Eventfinda. 


Keltic Fair 

Enjoy a full day of entertainment, kid's rides, yummy food and a world of arts, crafts and great value fair shopping.

Entry $2 per person over 5 years old, all gate proceeds go to the Coromandel Area School.

For more information on the Coromandel Keltic Fair click here.

For more information on the Whitianga Art Group Summer Exhibition contact Merle Ward on 02102419368

This highly successsful gala raises much needed funds for the school. 

For more information on the Cooks Beach Summer Gala click here.

Pauanui Antique Fair

Friday 4 January 2019 10am and Saturday 5 January 2019 10am at Pauanui Sports and Recreation Club, 31 Sheppard Ave, Pauanui.

For more information visit Eventfinda.


Click here for tickets and more information.

David Brighton's Space Oddity - David Bowie Tribute Show

Sunday 6 January 2019 7pm at Mercury Bay Club, Cnr Campbell St & Cook Dr, Whitianga.

For tickets and more information visit Eventfinda.

Hahei Market Day

Sunday 6 January, 9am - 2pm, Kotare Reserve, Pa Road Hahei.

For more information on the Hahei Market Day click here.

Fat Freddy's Drop

Monday 7 January 2019 at Thames Racecourse.

Freddy’s annual summer roady around New Zealand in Jan 2019 gets a super-charged tune up with the addition of some incredible tour bus buddies; DJ legend Norman Jay MBE direct from London plus local super stars Ladi6, Salmonella Dub featuring Tiki Taane, The Black Seeds and Troy Kingi with more to be announced. With fresh tour destinations added to the menu, Freddy's are about to serve up one massive summer tour.

Car parking
There is on-site parking at the Thames Racecourse and also at Rhodes Park on the entrance to Thames where a shuttle bus will be operating, offering a free shuttle to the venue.

Drop-off point
All drop offs for general public, taxis shuttles & buses etc will be at the Thames Racecourse, 509 Parawai Drive, Thames.

Taxi drop off point is at the Thames Racecourse, 509 Parawai Drive, Thames.

Free shuttle bus
Will be leaving from Thames iSite at 3.15pm, 4.15pm and 5.15pm, there willl be no collection from  Rhodes park. The bus will then depart the Racecourse at 9pm, 9.30pm and 10pm.

For ticketing information see Ticketmaster.

For more information visit thier website.

Thames Goldrush Market Day

Wednesday 9 Jan 2019 9am - 3pm, Pollen Street, Thames. 

Market stalls will embrace two blocks of Pollen street.This event has been run successfully byThames Rotary for several years to give a good day out to the locals. 

For more information on this event click here. 


A night of Comedy with Brendhan Lovegrove

Friday 11 January 2019 8pm – 10pm at The Lincoln , 501 Port Road, Whangamata.

For tickets and more information visit Eventfinda.


Thames – Danby Field – 11 – 13 January 13 2019
Friday 11 Jan - 7.30pm
Saturday 12 Jan - 11am
Saturday 12 Jan - 7.30pm
Sunday 13 Jan - 2pm

Whitianga – Mercury Bay Area School 18 – 20 January 2019
Friday 18 Jan -7.30pm
Saturday 19 Jan 11am and 7.30pm
Sunday 20 Jan 2pm

For tickets and more information please visit their website here.


Coro Summer Fest

Coro Sonic Lab, 23 Colville Road Coromandel. Saturday 12 January 2019 3:30pm – 12:30am.

For tickets and more information please visit Eventfinda.

Peak to Peak Ultra Race 2019 

Saturday 12 January 2019, Tairua Surf Life Saving Club, 38 Paku Drive.

The Peak to Peak ultra race is back for 2019. This annual event is an endurance race looking to be bigger and better this year. 2019 will see a similar course to previous years up the two main peaks of Tairua and Pauanui.

For entry fees and more information visit their website here.

Jenny B and the Band

Saturday 19 January 2019, 7pm – 9:30pm at Admirals Arms, 146 Wharf Road, Coromandel Town.

For tickets and more information please visit Eventfinda.

Thames Acoustic Music Club

Sunday 20 January 1pm - 4pm at 'The Back Room' at the Lotus Realm, 714 Pollen St, Thames.

All welcome, any skill levels, listeners also welcome.

For more information on events at the Lotus Realm please visit their Facebook page.


Whitianga Summer Concert 

Sunday 27 January 2019 (Auckland Anniversary Weekend) at Whitianga Waterways Arena.

Another sizzling hot summer of music will be hitting our shores in January with Greenstone Entertainment announcing its line-up of four international acts for the annual Summer Concert Tour.

See the Greenstone Entertainment website for further details.  

Lonely Heartstring Band

Sunday 27 January 2019 starts at 3:30pm, Kauaeranga Hall Thames. 

The $20 pre-book offer (if you book and pay for two or more tickets before December 25) must be booked at here.

Leadfoot Festival  

2 and 3 February 2019

The Leadfoot Festival is a unique weekend bringing together a mix of classic cars, vintage motorcycles and motorsport legends. Tickets are offered to the general public with an invitation to Rod and Shelly Millen’s private grounds at Leadfoot Ranch. The 150 acre, ocean-front estate in Hahei on the beautiful Coromandel Peninsula features a long driveway that winds through the property designed to be the perfect hill climb.  

For ticketing information see Leadfoot Festival's website.


The Topp Twins Heading for The Hills

Coromandel Area School, Woollams Ave, Coromandel Town. Saturday 9 February,  5pm - 8pm. 

For more information visit Eventfinda.

Brits on the Bridge

Friday 15 Febuaray 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm at the Historic Kopu Bridge, Kopu Rd, Thames. 

Click here for more information.


Tuia 250 Encounters

In 2019, New Zealand will mark 250 years since the first meetings between Māori and Europeans during James Cook and the Endeavour's 1769 voyage to Aotearoa New Zealand. A national commemoration, Tuia – Encounters 250, will acknowledge this pivotal moment in our nation’s history as well as the exceptional feats of Pacific voyagers who reached and settled in Aotearoa many years earlier.

For information on how you can be involved see Ministry of Culture and Heritage website or Mercury 250 website

Farmers Markets

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.

Tairua Market - The first Saturday of every month, you will find a collection of stalls and produce right by the harbour next to the one-lane bridge on the Tairua Main Road from 9am -1pm.

Coromandel Town Homegrown Community Market - Every Friday morning on Wharf Road beside the BNZ bank you will find an array of local, homegrown produce and crafts for sale. 

Whangamata Sunday Market  - Held in the heart of the Whangamata township in the Council carpark on Port Rd from 9am - 1pm, selling goods from arts and crafts to produce. See here for further details.

Coroglen Market. Every Sunday 9am-1pm. Coroglen Hall 

Whitianga Art Craft and Farmers Market. Soldiers Memorial Park from 8am.For more information on the Art Market contact Marle Ward on 07 866 0204 or 021 0241 9368

Our Thames-Coromandel District Libraries events

Libraries school holiday activites 

Week 1:

Fun outside with giant bubble-making -Tuesday 8th January 10.30 am

Build your own natural wind-chimes -Thursday 10th January 10.30 am

Week 2:

Make your very own flying kite - Tuesday 15th January 10.30 am

Creative shell art - Thursday 17th January 10.30 am

Week 3:

Construct and test Origami flying disks - Tuesday 22nd January 10.30 am

Create your own musical instruments (Tairua Library only) - Thursday 24th January 10.30 am

Create your own bath bombs (Mercury Bay and Thames Libraries only) - Thursday 24th January 10.30 am

Our programmes are free, but registrations are essential. Please contact Tairua, Mercury Bay or Thames Library to register.

For contact information please visit our Facebook page. 

District librariesEvery week:

Thames Library Knitting Group

 Bring whatever you're working on to the Carnegie Room at Thames Library or come along to get started. Everyone is welcome between 10am and 12pm every Tuesday and tea and coffee is provided. The knitting group will take a short break over Christmas.

Every month:

Book Clubs

Meet other book lovers and share what you’re reading. This is the ideal place to pick up some tasty new titles. Meeting in the Carnegie Room at Thames Library, at 10:30 on the first Friday of every month 

Book Club will take a break in January and resume February.