What's on in the Coromandel 01 March 2019 The Thames Heritage festival is just around the corner, and the Thames Museum is celebrating with a transportation theme. Pay a visit and check out how people used to travel around Thames in horse gig, bikes and much more. Get your creative fix this weekend at the Mercury Bay Art Escape. The Gala opening is at Hot Water Beach and from there you can make a road trip to enjoy the events being hosted in towns across the Eastern Coromandel. Buy your tickets online here. Or if it’s thrill and excitement you want, head over to the NZ Offshore Powerboat racing in Whitianga for the ultimate weekend of ‘motorsport on water’. Watch the fleet of multi and mono hull, large and small boats thunder across the water at speeds of up to 200km/h. Bike "n" Boats to buggies "n" Buses Thames is celebrating heritage, so go and check out the Thames Museum. Michele A'Court & Jeremy Elwood - On the Road Thursday 28 February, 7pm at The Coghill Theatre 18 Coghill Street, Whitianga. Arts on Tour NZ Trust presents ‘On the road again’ with Michèle A'Court and Jeremy Elwood, two of New Zealand’s premier stand-up comics. Well known on radio and for regular television appearances on 7 Days and The Project NZ, Michele and Jeremy are renowned for their intelligent, irreverent and insightful comedy. This show promises to be a hilarious night out. For tickets and more information visit Eventfinda or at Paperplus Whitianga - $25 Adult, $15 Youth. Mercury Bay Art Escape Take a road trip where you can enjoy art to your heart’s content by exploring the creative nature of the Eastern Coromandel Peninsula. NZ Offshore Powerboat Racing Saturday 2 March at Buffalo Beach in Whitianga. Park up the family to view the thrill and excitement right from Buffalo Beach. For more information visit their website here. Ski NZ This is an annual jet ski charity event. Running from 3-9 March from Tutukaka in Northland to Tauranga via Auckland. On Thursday 7 March they will be coming to Whitianga and then leaving two days later The event has been running for 5 years now and has raised over $410,000 for Melanoma New Zealand. This year the event is supporting the Prostate Cancer Foundation. For more information visit their website. Thames Children's Day Sunday 3 March 10am – 2pm at Victoria Park, Brown Street Thames. Every year CAPS Hauraki organises a free, fun day out for local families and children. If you want to be involved in this magical day please contact them via the contact page here. Tuia 250 Whitianga Street Art Festival Monday 4 March - Friday 8 March 10am – 4pm at the Whitianga CBD Blacksmith Lane. Mercury Bay Art Escape has organised this festival specifically to highlight the national Tuia - Encounters 250 commemorations marking the anniversary of Captain Cook's arrival in New Zealand. Te Whanganui o Hei (Mercury Bay) has great seafaring significance as this is where the great navigator Kupe visited many centuries ago and in 1769 was one of four landing sites for Cook’s ship The Endeavour when the first meetings between Māori and Europeans took place. For more information visit Eventfinda. 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. The Gathering - Motorcylcle Tour Friday 8 March - Sunday 10 March at Taylors Mistake Whitianga. An event organised by Passionate Riders for Passionate Riders who like to ride and have fun. For more information visit their website here. Mockingbird - a comedy about mental health Saturday 9 March, 7:30pm at Hauraki House Theatre, Kapanga Rd, Coromandel. Based on the true stories of four generations of women and their devilish alter egos, Mockingbird is a tongue-in-cheek portrayal of postnatal distress, which affects approximately one in seven women and many men every year. For tickets and more information visit Eventfinda. Music picnic at the point Pack a picnic and head along to Pleasant Point in Pauanui on March 9 for the annual ‘Music Picnic at the Point’ event. Enjoy the outdoor concert with three different bands including the Party Rockers. For more information click here. Simon Kempston & Dylan Wade Thursday 14 March 7:30pm – 9pm at the Lotus Realm, 714 Pollen St, Thames. Original music from two very talented singer-songwriters performing their own sets, plus perhaps a little collaboration. For more information visit the Lotus Realm Facebook. Te Wheke Challenge Saturday 16 March, 8:30am – 3pm at Onemana Beach , Onemana Drive, Onemana. Te Wheke Challenge is a 13km trail running event that starts and finishes in the small coastal settlement of Onemana.The race route is a trail running paradise with stunning white sand beaches and steep, technical trails winding around the coast and headlands. For tickets and more information visit Eventfinda. Whangamata Multisport Challenge Saturday 16 March at the Whangamata Harbour. The Whangamata Multisport Challenge is an action packed multisport event based in the adventure paradise of Whangamata. For more information visit their website here. NZ Trio Ashley Brown (cello) welcomes back Andrew Beer (violin) and Stephen De Pledge (piano) for a ripper of a programme with elements of New York nightlife, the wild west, jazzy blues, plus a liberal dose of spice from south o’ the border. It’s classical music, but it’s wearing boots to the party so dress casual, bring a compadre, and enjoy the ride. For tickets and more information click here. Isaiah B Brunt Trio - Voodoo Blues Tour Thursday 21 March 7pm – 9pm at Lotus Realm, 714 Pollen St, Thames. Fabulous opportunity to catch this award-winning trio from Australia on their Voodoo Blues Tour in little ol' Thames. For tickets and more information visit Eventfinda. Thames Country Music Weekend Friday 22 March – Sunday 24 March at Thames Workingmen's Club, 407 Cochrane Street, Thames. For tickets and more information please visit Eventfinda. Ballons over Thames For the first time ever, the spectacular Balloons over Waikato festival will be shared with the community of Thames. Bring the family out for a very special evening, all thanks to the Thames Business Association, Totally Thames and the TCDC Major Events Fund. Come and enjoy the birthday fun at the Thames Racecourse, 509 Parawai Road. For more information click here. Surf 2 Firth Bush marathon Saturday 23 March in Thames. The Surf 2 Firth Bush marathon has been described as the most technically challenging marathon in New Zealand and gives runners the opportunity to run from one side of the Coromandel to the other. The half marathon offers a challenging run/walk option and a new 12 km option is now available. All based out of Thames with competitors bused to the start of the full and half marathon. For more information visit their website here. Cathedral Cove Swim Saturday 23 March at Hahei Beach. This is an idyllic swim through a marine reserve to the famous New Zealand landmark of Cathedral Cove, and then back to stunning Hahei beach (4km). Or enjoy the scenic walk there and swim the two kilometres back. 4km - swim anticlockwise, run through archway and swim back 2km scenic walk there and swim 2km back. For more information visit their website here. The annual Repco Beach Hop is a nostalgia festival celebrating the '50s and '60s with a turbo-charged dose of classic cars. It's free to attend and classic car owners pay a fee to include their vehicle in the car shows, parade and cruises. On Thursday they head to Whitianga for the Repco Beach Party. See www.beachhop.co.nz/ for more information. NZMTG Beach Hop Park Over From Tuesday 26 March 11am to Monday 1 April 2019 12am at Mayfair Avenue Reserve 126 b Mayfair Ave Whangamata. The NZ Motorhome Travel Group (NZMTG) have worked with the local council and Kate from the community group for the forth year to put in place, one of the best park over locations for Motorhome & Caravan owners to stay on site close to the Beach Hop event. For more information please visit Eventfinda. 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. 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. 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. Coastal Collective Market - Saturday, February 9, 1pm - 4pm at Cooks Beachs Shops,Cooks Beach village centre. 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.