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12 December 2019

Christmas is just around the corner and so are the school holidays - great news for all those students who studied hard for their final exams and are looking forward to some summer fun around the Coromandel. As well as our iconic beaches, there’s plenty of events and activities to keep everyone busy this summer, museum displays, fairs, markets, live music, cars shows and much more. Read below if you are looking for something fun to do this summer.

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Summer Exhibition Art Gallery

For more information visir the gallery's Facebook Page.  

Santa's Dash down Pollen Street 

Santa parades

Santa parade information:

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

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

Pauanui Xmas Party 

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 more than130 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, Kiwi-style NZ tiny homes, including open home and kids shows and games. The fair is 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.

Mercury Bay Emergency Services Summer Festival 


Tuesday 31 December

Joe's 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.

Whangamata RSA 

Original Gypsy Fair

Wednesday 1 January - Saturday 4 January at the Whangamata Area School

For four days only" the Gypsy Fair will be bringing an interesting range of handcrafted products sold exclusively at the Original Gypsy Fair, many of which are made before your very eyes.

For more information click here. 


Keltic Fair 

Thursday 2 January at the Coromandel Area School fields. 

The Keltic Fair is one of New Zealands most succesful fairs and the highlight of the Coromandel holiday season with over 300 stalls. 

Click here for more information.

Pauanui Summer Series Market Day

Friday 3 January at Kennedy Park 

Another one of New Zealands succesful festival with a variety of stalls.

Click here for more information. 

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

Tairua School Food and Wine 

Click here for more information. 

Cooks Beach Summer Gala 

4 January, 9am - 2pm 

The Cooks Beach Summer Gala is a fundraiser for Whenuakite School held on 4 January at the Cooks Beach Reserve.

Activities include the daisy dung drop, bottle toss, rides, music, entertainment and over 100 stalls.

Click here for more information. 

Farm Dance

Sunday 5 January 1pm - 10.15pm

Farm Dance is a brand-new boutique summer music event set to take place in Whangamata. 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.

Frankie's Beach Street Meet

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

Car, truck and bike show on Albert Street Whitianga.Come along and enjoy the cars and a $10 breakfast at Frankie's.

Thames Rotary Gold Rush 

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. 

Big Arts Day Out 2020 

Ven Thubten Khadro 

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

Thames 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