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24 January 2019

It's looking like a cracker for the long weekend ahead on the Coromandel, and there's plenty to see and do with a busy calendar of events.

Another sizzling hot summer of music will be hitting our shores this long weekend. Its the Whitianga Summer Concert on this Sunday at the Whitianga Waterways Arena.

Try something new at the Barry Brickell 'Play with Clay Day'. This is a chance to work with top craftspeople and explore your creative side with local clay. Last year this was a huge success despite restricted access to the town following the January 4 storm. This year will be bigger with more craftspeople involved and live music at the new Barry Brickell Memorial Stage. This is all happening at the Hauraki House grounds this Saturday, from 10am to 3pm.

New Zealand’s very own Circus Aotearoa is in Whangamta this weekend. Times are avaliable below.

If you have nothing planned for your Friday night why not come and listen to "A national treasure", Paul Jones at the GBD in Thames. According to the reviews: "Paul Ubana Jones is so much more than one man with a guitar. He is a conjuror of unique and original songs, rooted in primal Blues and Soul.”

For more information on these events and more, please read below.



Whangamata - Area School, Port Road 

Friday 25 January - 7.30pm

Saturday 26 January - 11am and 7:30pm 

Sunday 27 January - 12 Noon and 5pm

Anniversary Monday 28 January - 2pm

For tickets and more information please visit their website here.

The Flaming Mudcats

Friday 25 January 8pm – 11pm at The Lincoln , 501 Port Road, Whangamata. 

For tickets and more information visit Eventfinda. 

Paul Ubana Jones

Friday 25 January 8pm – 10pm at The Grahamstown Bar and Diner, The Junction Hotel, 700 Pollen St, Thames. 

For more information visit Eventfinda.


Whitianga Reggae Festival 

Saturday 26 January 2019 12pm – 6pm at The Whitianga Hotel, 1 Blacksmith Lane, Whitianga. 

For tickets and more information please Eventfinda.

Barry Brickell Play With Clay Day

Saturday 26 January 10am – 3pm Hauraki House Theatre, Kapanga Rd, Coromandel.

For more information visit Eventfinda.


Discover Your Inner Radiance

Saturday 26 January 10am – 4pm at Health Groove Yoga, Nutrition and Wellbeing, 424b Pollen St, Thames.

For tickets and more information visit Eventfinda. 

Whitianga Summer Concert 

Sunday 27 January  (Auckland Anniversary Weekend) at Whitianga Waterways Arena.

Another sizzling hot summer of music will be hitting our shores in January with Greenstone Entertainment announcing its line-up of four international acts for the annual Summer Concert Tour.

See the Greenstone Entertainment website for further details.  

Lonely Heartstring Band

Sunday 27 January starts at 3:30pm, Kauaeranga Hall Thames. 

The $20 pre-book offer (if you book and pay for two or more tickets before December 25) must be booked at here.

Leadfoot Festival  

2 and 3 February 

The Leadfoot Festival is a unique weekend bringing together a mix of classic cars, vintage motorcycles and motorsport legends. Tickets are offered to the general public with an invitation to Rod and Shelly Millen’s private grounds at Leadfoot Ranch. The 150 acre, ocean-front estate in Hahei on the beautiful Coromandel Peninsula features a long driveway that winds through the property designed to be the perfect hill climb.  

For ticketing information see Leadfoot Festival's website.


The Topp Twins Heading for The Hills

Coromandel Area School, Woollams Ave, Coromandel Town. Saturday 9 February,  5pm - 8pm. 

For more information visit Eventfinda.

Brits on the Bridge

Coromandel Area School, Woollams Ave, Coromandel Town. Saturday 9 February,  5pm - 8pm. 

Click here for more information.


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

Farmers Markets

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.

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.

Whangamata Lions Market
Whangamata Memorial Hall, 326 Port Road, 8am-2pm. WhangamataLionsMarket

Coroglen Market. Every Sunday 9am-1pm. Coroglen Hall 

Whitianga Art Craft and Farmers Market. Soldiers Memorial Park from 8am.For more information on the Art Market contact Marle Ward on 07 866 0204 or 021 0241 9368

Our Thames-Coromandel District Libraries events

For contact information please visit our Facebook page. 

District librariesEvery week:

Thames Library Knitting Group

 Bring whatever you're working on to the Carnegie Room at Thames Library or come along to get started. Everyone is welcome between 10am and 12pm every Tuesday and tea and coffee is provided. The knitting group will take a short break over Christmas.

Every month:

Book Clubs

Meet other book lovers and share what you’re reading. This is the ideal place to pick up some tasty new titles. Meeting in the Carnegie Room at Thames Library, at 10:30 on the first Friday of every month 

Book Club will take a break in January and resume February.