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05 December 2019

Fat Freddy’s Drop are back in Thames at the end of this month Saturday 28 December, rocking their seven-piece band, with a combination of dub, reggae, soul and hip-hop. There’s free shuttle buses running from Thames i-SITE fro, 3pm, 4pm and 5pm. Shuttles will then be leaving the concert at 9am, 9.30pm and 10.30pm. All buses stopping off at Rhodes Park on the way there and back.

Tickets still available – enjoy Fat Freddy’s with your friends and family at the Thames Racecourse. 

And December is also Christmas mode – with Santa parades kicking off this weekend with warm and dry weather expected. The festive season could not have come any sooner, there are lots of events happening this summer. This is great news for all those students finishing exams and looking for something fun to do this summer.

Click here to read more about a Santa parade near you. 

Summer Exhibition Art Gallery

For more information visir their Facebook Page.  

Robin Hood  

Santa Parades

Santa Parades start next weeked - see below for a list of parades near you: 

Coromandel Town - Saturday 7 December, 3pm from Te Tiki Street to the Coromandel Area School field. The town’s main street roading improvements won’t stop Santa and his helpers paying a visit. Turn up on the day at Te Tiki Street by 2.30pm.

Matarangi - Sunday 22 December, 11am in the Matarangi Town Centre. For more information click here.

Thames - Friday 13 December, 5 - 9pm.  Float registration forms available are from GBD and Harcourts. There'll be prizes galore and back by popular demand is Santa's Dash Down Pollen Street. This year a fund raising event for new security technology for the Thames Ward. Pre-registration for this event is essential. For more information contact Rachael Cheeseman by email.

Whangamata  - Saturday 7 December, 12pm on Port Road. Entry forms can be collected from Geoff March from the Lions Club, contact him on 021 025 72270.

Whitianga - Saturday 7 December, 12.30pm. The parade starts at Lyon Park rugby grounds, travels along Albert Street towards Buffalo Beach, along The Esplanade and finishes at Taylor's Mistake car park area. At the end of the parade the winning float will receive a prize. Entry forms are avaliable from The Informer's office at 14 Monk Street or at Contact Fiona Kettlewell on 021 299 5506  

Vintage and Classic Show  

This classic car show is one you will not want to miss with tractors, cars, motorbikes and more. Bring your classic car to the Vintage Fields event and get in free. 

Santa parade information:

Thames - Friday 13 December, 5-9pm. Registration forms available from GBD and Harcourts. For more information contact Rachael Cheeseman by email.

Thames Santa Dash -Wanted: runners for the Santa Dash. Lots of businesses have come forward to sponsor Santa suits for the dash, but now runners are needed to put on those costumes for the dash, which is part of the Thames Santa parade. Sound like you? Get in touch with Thames Twilight Santa Parade organisers the Thames Business Association.

Coromandel Town - Saturday 7 December, 3pm from Te Tiki Street to the Coromandel Area School field. The bulk of the roadway improvements to the Coromandel Town’s main street will be finished by the time Santa and his helpers to pay a visit. Turn up on the day at Te Tiki Street by 2.30pm.

Whitianga - Saturday 7 December, 12.30pm. The parade starts at Lyon Park Rugby Grounds, travels along Albert Street towards Buffalo Beach, along The Esplanade and finishes at Taylor's Mistake car park area. At the end of the parade the winning float will be awarded with a prize. Entry forms are still avaliable from The Informer's office at 14 Monk Street or at Contact Fiona Kettlewell on 021 299 5506.

Whangamata - Saturday 7 December, 3pm on Port Road. Entry forms can still be collected from Geoff March from the Lions Club, contact him on 021 025 72270.

Matarangi - Sunday 22 December, 11am in the Matarangi Town Centre. For more information click here.

Check out Our Coromandel Magazine for more festive and summer events (p 92-107) and stay up-to-date by subscribing to our e-newsletter and following us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

For road closure information in relation to the any of the above events see our TCDC website here.

Santa on the Pepe  

Thames Christmas Wonderland  

Saturday 14 December - Tuesday 24 December, 7pm - 10pm daily at  Thames War Memorial Civic Centre

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

Entry $2 per person

Thames Museum

Whangamata Summer Festival Craft Markets

December 27 and 28, Williamson Park, Whangamata

Featuring a huge variety of craft, art, kitchen, clothing,  jewellery and food stalls... plus live music from local artists... the markets are the largest in the region boasting over 130 stalls.  

The Extravaganza Fair

Friday 27 December  - Sunday 29 December, Danby Field, Thames

The Extravaganza Fair is a family affair, it is a free entry, fun day out with something for everyone.

Bringing to NZ a unique style of interesting market stalls, arts and craft, food, musical entertainment, circus shows, performers, unique to NZ tiny homes, including open home and kids shows and games. They’re bringing back the 'old school', join in the sack races, tug of wars and musical bean bags and be in to win prizes.

For further information see their website.

L.A.B with Mako Road and Soaked Oats  

28 December, 6pm - 11pm at the Coroglen Tavern.

Recently named by Radio New Zealand as New Zealand’s Best Live Act, L.A.B. is gearing up for another massive summer period. These shows will be the first since the release of L.A.B’s third album in three years. The album continues to build on the momentum that has seen them become a favourite on the NZ festival circuit.

This show at the legendary Coroglen Tavern will see L.A.B. performing alongside Mako Road and Soaked Oats, two acts who have also seen sold out audiences across Australia and NZ through 2019.

These shows will see three of NZ's best live acts combining for two epic shows. Tickets available now from Eventfinda.

Fat Freddy's Drop comes to Thames  

Featuring an international line up of DJs Jazzy Jeff, David "Ram Ram" Rodigan & Dub FX, plus an amazing local cast including L.A.B, Avantdale Bowling Club, JessB, Bailey Wiley, Tunes of I, Chaii and Silva MC.

Great news for Thames residents heading to the Fat Freddy’s concert at the Thames Racecourse on 28 December, there will be free shuttle buses running from Thames iSite to Fat Freddy's Drop concert. Shuttles will be leaving the i-SITE, 200 Mary Street at 3pm, 4pm and 5pm. Shuttles will then be leaving the concert at 9pm, 9.30pm and 10.30pm. All buses will be stopping off at Rhodes Park on the way there and back.

To purchase tickets click here.

Whitianga Wellbeing Market

Sunday 29 December - Tuesday 7 January, Whitianga Town Hall

A fantastic 10-day, well-being market held annually in Whitianga, celebrating mind, body and spirit.

Natural health therapies, free health checks and advice. On-site massages, Reiki, Reflexology, Shiatsu and other delightful body therapies. Free daily seminars and workshops for you to enjoy.  

Drax Project  

29 December, 6pm - 11pm at the Coroglen Tavern

Made up of Wellington jazz school mates, bassist Sam Thomson, saxophonist Shaan Singh, drummer Matt Beachen, and guitarist Ben O'Leary, the band has cultivated a strong following since their debut as buskers just a few years ago.

This year they released their first full album, self-titled and featuring well known hits such as Woke Up Late and the Six60 collaboration Catching Feelings.

For ticketing information see ticketmaster.


Tuesday 31 December

Joes Farm is a special place, a quiet river valley situated just minutes away from the beach, surrounded by rolling hills and big skies.  It sits perfectly as a rural gateway to the coast, a short shuttle ride away is one of the country's most popular surf beaches,  Whangamata.  Farm owner Joe Adams has opened the farm gates to allow recreational access to the 500 plus acres providing an exciting new addition to New Zealand greenfield venues.

To purchase tickets see Joes Farm website.

Car and Bike show 


Tuesday 31 December 6pm - 12am

Three of New Zealand’s mightiest rock acts will go head-to-head. Catch Villainy, Beastwars and City of Souls at the Coroglen Tavern.

Presented by Eccles Entertainment and The Rock, the three kick-ass Kiwi rock bands will unleash three electrifying sets back-to-back on the same stage, all on the same night.

For ticketing information see ticketmaster.


Sticky Fingers

4 January, 7pm - 10.30pm at the Coroglen Tavern (R18).

The Coroglen Tavern has decided to tee up again this summer with the timeless legends - Sticky Fingers. The "Yours To Keep Tour" is a seven-date tour travelling all over New Zealand which is bound to keep you grooving this summer.

Tickets on sale 4 September at 7pm from

Farm Dance

Sunday 5 January 1pm - 10.15pm

Farm Dance is a brand-new boutique summer music event set take place in Whangamata on Joes Farm. Experience a world class line up just 10 minutes from the CBD. Farm Dance is an R18 event.

For further information see the  Farm Dance website.

Frankies Beach Street Meet

January 5, Sunday, 9am - 2pm, Albert Street Whitianga. 

Car, truck and bike show on Albert Street Whitianga.  Public admission is free - come along and enjoy the cars and a $10 breakfast at Frankie's.

Dylan Stewart - Conscious Rambling

Thursday 9 January 8pm – 9:30pm at the Hauraki House Theatre, 230 Kapanga Rd, Coromandel Town.

Award-winning comedian Dylan Stewart brings his new show Conscious Ramblings to Coromandel. 

This is not a show for the PC brigade, best to leave the kids at home.

For tickets or more information click here. 

USA Bluegrass Musicians 

Saturday 25 January, 7:30pm, Sunday 26 January at 4pm Kauaeranga Hall, 437 Kauaeranga Valley Rd, Thames.

Following their sold-out tours in 2018 and 2019, The Lonely Heartstring Band, a multi-talented Bluegrass quintet return to Kauaeranga Hall at Anniversary weekend 2020, for a Saturday evening concert and a Sunday afternoon Picnic Gig.

Door sales are $25 or you can pre-book for $22 at

Wings and Wheels 

Whitianga Summer Concert 2020

The last stop on the Greenstone Entertainment 2020 Summer Concert Tour visits Whitianga with music spanning the decades, from the late 1960s through to early 2000s. This event sold out in record time but for those who were lucky enough to get a ticket, click here for more information.  

Rave Renunion

Saturday 24 January 2020, Coroglen Tavern

It's been about 15 years since these shows started at the Coroglen Tavern, and a good few years since one was held. 

This was the start of many musical adventures for all the acts and it was these shows that helped kick start a big bass music movement in Aotearoa, so we thought we should get the band back together and have a reunion.

If you were at one of these shows back in the day, then you know how they went down, if you weren't, then come along and experience NZ's finest bass music pioneers in all their glory.

For ticketing information see the Cosmic Ticketing website.

The Leadfoot Festival

8 and 9 February 2020

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.

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 not available.

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 0272792220 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. To see the dates for winter click here .

Whitianga Ars and Crafts Market – Held weekly on Saturdays from 9am – noon from Labour Weekend to Easter.  The market is centrally located in Soldiers Memorial Park featuring locally made art, crafts and home-made produce.

Coroglen Farmers Market – Held weekly on Sundays from 9am – noon from Labour weekend through to Easter. You will find quality local organic seasonal produce and check out the handcraft stalls and grab a hot drink or some home-made goodies at the Coroglen hall.

Coastal Collective Market - A market held on the below Saturdays at Cooks Beach shops with a curated selection of stallholders, showcasing the small business of the Mercury Bay Area. The next market is on Labour Weekend, 26 October from 1pm-4pm.

Date                                   Time
14 December 2019          5-8pm
28 December 2019          1-4pm
11 January 2020               1-4pm
18 January 2020               1-4pm
25 January 2020               1-4pm
8 February 2020               1-4pm
21 March 2020                1-4pm
11 April 2020                     5-8pm 

Pohutukawa Coast Artisan Market – A showcase of the local makers, artists and creatives with a relaxed vibe in the beautiful Waiomu Reserve. In conjunction with the Waiomu Beach Café, we aim to bring the community together for a fun night out that promotes hand-crafted goods. The markets are held on the last Friday of the month from Labour weekend to Easter