What's on in the Coromandel? 09 February 2018 This week school's back for everyone, but the 2018 year is still a hive of activity. There are a number of adventure races and fishing competitions coming up, make sure you get your entries in early. Billabong Grom Series - Whangamata Saturday 10 February 2018 Whangamata Boardriders Club is hosting the second event of the Billabong Grom Series this weekend. Come down and support all the local juniors in the annual event. For further information see Whangamata Boardriders facebook page. ARC - Adventure Race Coromandel Former All Black Captain Richie McCaw has size, strength, a cool head, quick hands and a soft spot for charitable causes. No better man than this to navigate the Coromandel Peninsula’s gorges, rivers, harbours and rhyolitic domes that exploded form calderas millions of years ago, forming the backdrop for the ARC Adventure Race. Read more here. Saturday 10 February 2018 The ARC is a community based event and is put together by local Coromandel people and a large number of local volunteers. The course travels over a large tract of land which includes and administered by DOC, local iwi land and a number of private landowners, all of whom have kindly given permission to use their land. The net proceeds from this race go into the Spirit of Coromandel Trust which has been established to encourage and support local people, particularly youngsters into sporting and outdoor activities and to put something back into the land that we use for the enjoyment of future generations. For more information and other upcoming events by Adventure Racing Coromandel (ARC) check out their website www.arcevents.co.nz. Unfortunately there was no fishing today due to the conditions, however the tournament is going ahead. See Whangamata Ocean Sports Club's Facebook page here for updates. The Back of Beyond Kauaeranga Hall Friday 9 February 2018 A funky, folky, feel good fusion. The Back of Beyond promises all of this when they play at Kauaeranga Hall as part of their New Zealand tour. The Back of Beyond music ranges from Americana and Bluegrass through to Blues, original world, jazz influenced music, gypsy swing and whatever takes the band’s fancy on the night. For further ticketing information contact Kauaerangahallmusic@gmail.com or pop into Lotus Realm, 714 Pollen St, Thames. Sunday 4 March 2018 Coromandel Town Museum, 1.00pm - 4.00pm For school-aged child/children accompanied by parent Making toys of yesterday, peg dolls, cottonreel tractors, pom-poms etc. Free entry Mercury Bay Art Escape 3 - 4 March and 10 and 11 March 2018 These Open Studio weekends are held every year over the first two weekends in March and draw many art loving visitors to the beautiful coastal area of Mercury Bay, encompassing the areas of Tairua, Hahei, Hot Water Beach, Cooks Beach, Whenuakite, Coroglen, Whitianga and Kuaotunu, the art studios are open from 10am until 4pm. Mercury Bay Art Escape Artists and Art Groups present a wide range of art and craft media, including woodwork, pottery, sculpture, hand forged knives, lamp-worked glasswork, flax weaving, mosaics, painting, photography, printmaking and much more. For further information regarding the Open Studio weekends see Mercury Bay Art Escape website. The Gathering Friday 9 and Saturday 10 March 2018 Taylors Mistake Reserve, Albert St, Whitianga. Sold Out - Harley Davidson only event .If you missed out on registering, or just want to check out the bikes, this is for you. 9.30am Saturday Harley bike show and the riders gather 11.00am Saturday the group ride leaves. The Whitianga Sea Scouts are running a bike wash and sausage sizzle, there will be food, craft stalls and Live Music. Friday 16 February - Sunday 18 February 2018. Celebrating All Things British - Brits at the Beach is a three-day festival based around a British Motoring gathering that attracts hundreds of vehicles and is based right on the waterfront at Whangamata's Beach Road Reserve. As well as organised drives to Thames and Tairua, they have the Grand Parade and Village Fete in Whangamata which features music, food, entertainment (including Scruffs Dog Show). Click here for more information. Unfortunately the ocean conditions are not looking favourable for snorkeling this weekend, therefore the event has been postponed until the 25 February, with a back up location of Flaxmill Bay. See Experiencing Marine Reserves on Facebook here for further details. Tristram Marine Open Mercury Bay Game Fishing Club 18 - 25 February 2017 For further information see Mercury Bay Game Fishing clubs website. Our District Library events Meet Coromandel Town author Vivianne Flintoff as she visits our District Libraries speaking about her book ‘Kiwi on the Camino – A Walk that Changed My Life’: This is essentially a travel book in which Vivianne includes historical, social and spiritual reflections gained on her challenging journey. Listen to the joys, pain, fears, anxieties and the fun Vivianne encounters on the famous pilgrim trail—The Way of St James. Mercury Bay Library - 19 February, 10.30am For more information click here. A Taste of Matarangi Village Green Reserve, Matarangi 7 April 2018, 10.00am - 4.00pm Bring your family and friends the sixth Taste of Matarangi - food, wine and music festival by the beach. Great food, wine and local brewing beer, family activities and live music on stage all day. For further information see A Taste of Matarangi facebook page. ECHO Walking Festival 7 - 22 April 2018 Follow winding tracks through spectacular scenery and amazing views. Explore our backyard and learn about our local history. Hike across hills, discover pools and waterfalls, get a bit of exercise and enjoy our local bush and beach. From an hour's walk to full day tramps, there's something for everyone and every fitness level. Check out the full programme and walk details on the ECHO Walking Festival Website. Saturday 14 April 2018 The Whangamata Multisport Challenge is an action packed Multisport event based in Whangamata. The course is one of the most scenic in the country. Race options include multisport, duathlon, run, paddle or mountain bike events. See Whangamata Multisport Challenge website for further details. Farmers Markets Coroglen Market Gumtown Hall, Coroglen - Sundays from Labour Weekend to Easter. A fabulous farmers 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. Whitianga Market Soldiers Memorial, Whitianga - Saturdays from Labour Weekend to Easter. Your opportunity to purchase some beautifully made local crafts, art and home grown produce from the Mercury Bay area at the Whitianga Farmers Market.