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What's on in the Coromandel

04 April 2019

The ECHO Walking festival explores the Coromandel Peninsula this weekend. A chance to enjoy the beautiful outdoors, to appreciate the beauty of our District and to keep active.

Or if relaxing is more your forte, head to "A Taste of Matarangi" at the village green this Saturday. This will be the seventh year for the annual food, wine and music festival and it provides an entertaining day out for young and old alike.


Elevenses With Lisa Lorrell

Thursday 4 April 10am – 12pm at Thames Union Parish, 500A Mackay St, Thames. 

Having graced the professional stage for over 20 years in the UK, Australia and NZ, bubbly international award winning songstress Lisa Lorrell will take you on a musical journey filled with nostalgia, fun and laughter.

For more information visit Eventfinda.

Float Alone

April 5 from 6pm - 8pm at The Carson's Gallery Bookshop Cafe at 600 Pollen Street Thames. 

Hosted by Karen McLeod Photography:

Solo Exhibition by Karen from Karen McLeod Photography - opening 6pm on 5th April, runs through until 12th May 2019.

For more information click here. 

The Coral Pitcher Trio

Friday 5 April 12am at 476 Pollen St, Thames. 

New Zealand songstress Coral Pitcher, who is professionally know as Coral, has always had a passion for music and knew from the get-go she wanted to be a singer.

Come check her out in Thames this Friday. 

For more information click here. 


This contemporary drama is written by award-winning New Zealand writer, poet, playwright and storyteller Apirana Taylor and directed by Murray Lynch.

Mixing history, mythology and symbolism, Ka Tito Au is Kupe’s legend as you’ve never heard it before. It is a marvel of storytelling that everyone should experience.

ECHO Walking Festival 

Saturday 6 April - Sunday 28 April at Various Locations around The Coromandel Penisula. 

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.

For more information click here. 

A Taste of Matarangi

Saturday 6 April at Village Green Reserve Matarangi.

A fabulous day of food, wine and music by the beach. A family-friendly event designed for the whole family, with live music, delicious cuisine, fine wine and locally brewed beer.

For tickets and more information visit their website. 

Come and See the new AW169 Westpac Rescue Helicopter

On Sunday 7 April the new AW169 Westpac Rescue Helicopter will arrive at the Whitianga rescue helicopter base and the crew will be available to give you an up close viewing of this amazing piece of machinery.

You are welcome to call in to the base to meet the crew and see the helicopter anytime between the hours of 4pm and 6pm on Sunday 7 April.

Cancer Society's Living Well Programme

Monday 8 April 10:00am and Monday 15 April 10am at Cornerstone House 101 Ocean Road, Whangamata. 

The Cancer Society's Living Well programme offers practical ways of living well through your cancer journey.

This free programme is available for anyone with any type and stage of cancer, as well as their whanau and carer.

The programme is run over two days and looks at understanding cancer, managing the side effects of cancer treatment and building self-confidence and self-help skills.

For more information visit Eventfinda.

Toe Jam Band

Friday 12 April  8pm – 12am at The Rocker Box, 476 Pollen St, Thames. 

Years of gigging experience between all band members brings you a full band sound. With the addition of guitar-based synthesizer Toe Jam brings keyboard-based songs to life

For more information click here. 

The Great Piratical Rumbustification by Margaret Mahy

Hauraki House Theatre, 230 Kapanga Rd, Coromandel Town. 

Sunday 21 April 2019 6pm – 7:30pm

Presented by the Coromandel Players, with an all child cast, this classic Margaret Mahy story is adapted by Tim Bray, with songs by Christine White.

For more information visit Eventfinda

Colville Easter Festival

Friday 19 April - Monday 22 April at Colville Hall.

Come and enjoy the Easter festival in Colville, fun for all the family. There will be Tibetan Art, Wax Wrap making, Wool Weaving, Needle Felting, Mono Printing, Jungle Animal Drawing and more. 

For tickets and more information click here for their website. 

Ice Skate Tour

Thursday 25 April  – Sunday 28 April at Pauanui Sports and Recreation Club, 31 Sheppard Ave, Pauanui, The Coromandel

The Ice Skate Tour travels around New Zealand with state of the art, artificial ice rinks. They look like ice and have 97% same gliding capacity as natural ice. Surrounded by an inflatable boarding and helmets and gloves provided at no charge.

For prices and more information visit Eventfinda.

On ANZAC Day parades and memorial services will be held across the District to honour the servicemen and women who displayed courage and sacrifice serving New Zealand in wars overseas.

Our Mayor Sandra Goudie warmly invites the public to attend ANZAC parades and memorial services on Thursday 25 April at the following locations:

Sarah Spicer with The Blue Riders

Sunday 28 April 3pm - 5pm at 'The Back Room' Lotus Realm Music Shop, 714 Pollen Street, Thames.

April 28 will see the reprise of a show which was a sell-out at the 2017 Tauranga Arts Festival. Singer-songwriter Sarah Spicer will perform with The Blue Riders at The Lotus Realm, playing all original material.

For tickets and more information click here. 

Coromandel Seafood Festival 

Saturday 4 May from 9am to 4pm on the Coromandel Area School grounds.

It’s that time again when we celebrate our seafood culture along with the amazing environment that supports it. Now in its third year the committee has been working hard to keep the event on the calendar.

The festival promises to be more streamlined, offering continuous demonstrations throughout the day. Other changes have meant coinciding with the Great Kauri Run held by ARC on the top field of the school and the Seafood Fest on the lower field. Entry is just $2 per person with under 14 years free making it affordable for families and proceeds from this go to the Coromandel Area School. 

For more information visit their website here. 

The Great Kauri Run

Saturday 4 May 

The Great Kauri Run comprises of a series of off road trail runs or walks which take place on the stunningly beautiful Northern Coromandel Peninsula. 

For more information visit their website. 

Adam McGrath - Ragged Ramble Tour

Sunday 5 May 2:30pm at Kauaeranga Hall, 437 Kauaeranga Valley Rd, Thames. 

Adam McGrath, Lead singer and songwriter from mythical mongrel Christchurch folk/country band The Eastern, returns again to the state highways and byways of these long isles as part of his Autumn 'Ragged Ramble' Tour.

Described by influential country magazine No Depression as One of the best modern roots acts from any country period, by the NZ Herald as NZ's toughest minded songwriter and by Radio NZ National as a National Treasure, an Adam McGrath show is primed and proud to reach your heart, head and boots.

For more information click here. 

Black Grace

Thames and Whangamata

Back by popular demand, Black Grace presents a 20 centre tour of NZ from Kaitaia to Christchurch for $20 a ticket.

Led by Neil Ieremia, internationally renowned dance company, Black Grace, shares a mix of iconic favourites and brand new works presented in the relative comfort of your local community hall and other such informal spaces.

Thursday 9 May 7:30pm – 8:30pm at Thames War Memorial Civic Centre, 200 Mary St, Thames.

Friday 10 May 7:30pm – 8:30pm at Whangamata Memorial Hall, 326 Port Road.

For tickets and more information for both venues click here.

Jennian Homes - Mother's Day Fun Run 

Sunday 12 May 9am – 12pm at Whitianga Waterways, Joan Gaskell Drive, Whitianga. 

The nationwide Jennian Homes Mother’s Day Fun Run/Walk returns this year on Sunday 12 May 2019!

The event is offering families across the country the chance to have fun on Mother’s Day, get active together and support the Heart Foundation along the way.

Click here for more information. 

Wild Womens Weekend

Friday 17 May - Sunday 19 May throughout Whangamata. 

Take the chance to get away with friends, have some time out, shop, play some sport, have fun or just stare at the sea.

For more information on this event click here.

This will be the second annual half marathon to be held on Saturday 25 May in the beautiful Mercury Bay.

The course is a fast and flat scenic loop of Whitianga and the Mercury Bay on both pathways and sealed roads.

All races start and finish at the Buffalo Beach Reserve.

For more information visit their website. 

Thames Annual four Day Indoor Market and Holistic Fair

Friday 31 May – Monday 3 June at Thames War Memorial Civic Centre, 200 Mary St, Thames. 

Community market with a variety of stalls and holistic fair which includes reading, healings, workshops and more from a variety of people from the wider community from the Northland to Hawkes Bay.

For more information click here. 

It's Showtime: Family Friendly Magic and Illusion Show

Friday 7 June 7pm – 8:30pm at Whitianga Town Hall, 24 Monk Street, Whitianga. 

New Zealand's freshest magic and illusion spectacular is back with new illusions, more magic, more comedy, more antics and much more fun for 2019.

Come along to witness an unforgettable show. 

For more information click here. 

The Coromandel Art and Craft Fair

Saturday 13 July at the Whitianga Town Hall. 

Mercury Bay Art Escape’s annual Fair showcases quality handmade Arts and Crafts produced in The Coromandel. The Fair is for one day only and is an excellent opportunity to meet talented and enthusiastic Coromandel artisans and artists.

For more information click here. 

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. 

MythBusters School holiday activities


Farmers Markets 

Pohutukawa Coast  Artisan Market - This market is on the last Friday of every month at the Waiomu Reserve Thames. Except the market in March will not be on the last Friday it will be held on 15 March. Click here for more information. 

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.

Thames Crafters Market - Held the second Saturday of each month. 8am – 2pm, Welsey Hall Pahau St Thames, behind Saint James Church opposite the GBD. Contact Dana on 0272220700 or Gaylene on 0211424543

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 - Every Saturday at Soldiers Memorial Park from 8am.For more information on the Art Market contact Marle Ward on 07 866 0204 or 021 0241 9368 or visit their Facebook here.

Whangamata Lions Craft and Farmers Market - Easter - Saturday 20 April at the Memorial Hall Whangamata. A well known local market offering a huge variety of crafts, food, and produce