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What's on in the Coromandel

27 June 2019

The calendar still has plenty to offer over the colder months here in the Coromandel.

The 'Stepping Out' girls are performing every night this week in Whangamata at The War Memorial Hall.

For a music fix, the Thames Music Group is proud to present another free Friday lunchtime concert and on Sunday The Narcs Unplugged are performing in " The Back Room " at The Lotus Realm Music Shop.

For something indoors this weekend, visit the Thames Civic Centre as the Thames Music and Drama Group present the New Zealand Premiere of 'Tails Of Hamelin.'

Stepping Out

27-30 June at the Whangamata War Memorial Hall, 328 Port Road, Whangamata.

Rehearsals are in full swing and things are shaping up to be out of this world for 'Stepping Out' by Richard Harris. The highly-skilled choreographer and director both have years of experience producing top quality performances of the highest standard.

Show dates are as follows:

Thursday 27 June 7 pm
Friday 28 June 7pm
Saturday 29 June 1pm and 7pm
Sunday 30 June 3pm

For tickets and for more information click here.

Friday 28 June at 12pm at St Georges Church, Thames. 

The music the Thames Citizens’ Band play is as varied; sweet and syrupy for some, loud and dramatic for others, well known and singable, gentle or boisterous. They all give it all a go and spend happy times both alone and together to hone their art.

The programme that conductor Linden Moyle has selected is designed to demonstrate to the audience the “behind the scenes workings” of a community band.

The Thames Music Group Friday Lunchtime concerts are free, but donations are appreciated. 

For more information click here.

This is a fundraiser for Nurturing Young Minds. Click here for more information.

The Narcs Unplugged 

Sunday 30 June 3pm – 5pm at 'The Back Room' at The Lotus Realm Music Shop, 714 Pollen Street, Thames. 

Hot-off-the-road from headlining Nelson’s Marchfest and rocking through their Not Over Summer Tour, there’s no turning back as The Narcs announce the first in a series of gigs - ‘unplugged, acoustic-based, 3-piece with no drums.’ This is a chance for the band to pull back the veil, strip things down and explore the many hidden songs from The Narcs' back catalogue and side projects over the last 39 years - as well as the hits.

For more information click here. 

The Carnivorous Plant Society

Wednesday, 3 July 7:30pm at the Kauaeranga Hall, 437 Kauaeranga Valley Road Thames.

Expect a multimedia production. Band leader/multi-instrumentalist/genius Finn Scholes has penned custom-made animation as a backdrop to this highly acclaimed band’s performance of Mexican fantasy music. Yes, Mexican fantasy music, performed on a plethora of instruments by Finn and Tam Scholes, Alistair Deverick and Oliver Emmitt.

Expect a multimedia production. Band leader/multi-instrumentalist/genius Finn Scholes has penned custom-made animation as a backdrop to this highly acclaimed band’s performance of Mexican fantasy music. Yes, Mexican fantasy music, performed on a plethora of instruments by Finn and Tam Scholes, Alistair Deverick and Oliver Emmitt.

A courtesy bus will be offering free transport to and from Kauaeranga Hall.The bus will leave the Civic Centre at 7pm on Wednesday 3 July, and will do an additional pick up at 7:10pm from the parking area outside the Thames Racecourse at the Booms.

For more information email:

Elevenses With Lisa Lorrell

Thursday 4 July 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, performing classic songs from best-loved musicals and operetta, to jazz, country and pop music.

For tickets or 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.

Tait Kora's Band 

Sunday 14 July 3pm – 5pm at 'The Back Room' at The Lotus Realm Music Shop, 714 Pollen Street, Thames.

The legendary Tait Kora with his band will play their unique fusion of funk, rock, jazz, dub for an excellent Sunday groove in the intimate Back Room performance space behind the Music Shop.

For tickets and more information click here. 

Plant-Based Cooking Workshop

 Saturday 20 July 10am-4pm at  Sunlover Retreat in Tairua.

Join two super-enthusiastic foodies for a fun, hands-on plant-powered cooking workshop.

Join Masterchef winner Aaron Brunet and plant-based educator Kate Broughton for a day of delicious food discovery at Sunlover Retreat, Tairua.

For tickets and more information click here

Whangamata Adventure Race

Thursday 1 August - Saturday 31 August. 

The Whangamata Adventure Race is a new event that mixes adventure racing and rogaine.

For more information click here. 

Katch 4 Kidz – Hunting and fishing competition 

Hunting and fishing competition for children (up to 15 years old) run alongside the adults Surf’n’turf tournament in Whangamata.

Registrations are $10 until 31 July, and $15 for late registrations. For more information see

Hyundai NZ Goldrush Rally of Coromandel

Friday 16 August - Saturday 17 August. Headquarters: Moewai Park, Whitianga.

The Coromandel will play host to a round of the 2019 New Zealand Rally Championship on the 17 August 2019, with the organisational team behind Rally New Zealand linking with the TCDC to base an event out of Whitianga.

For more information click here.

Wool on Wheels Pop Up 

Saturday 17 August in Thames.

A market's variety of indie-dyed yarn all in one room at Grahamstown Bar and Diner, 700 Pollen Street Thames. 

For more information click here.

Trail Trilogy

Sunday 15 September, Kaiaua- Thames- Te Aroha- Paeroa walk. 

Flat-out fun through six towns across the Hauraki Rail Trail.

For more information click here

Saturday 21 September . 

The Whitianga Scallop Festival is one on New Zealand’s iconic seafood events, held on the Esplanade in the picturesque village of Whitianga.

For more information click here

Tuia commemorations - Flotilla visit

Friday18 October - Monday 21 October, Mercury Bay.

To mark the 250th year since Captain James Cook made his first landfall in New Zealand and engaged with local iwi, the replica HMS Endeavour will anchor in and around Mercury Bay with a side trip up the Firth of Thames.

For more information click here. 

K2 Cycle Race 

Saturday 2 November 

The K2 Cycle Race starts and finishes in Thames. It is the toughest one-day cycle challenge in the Southern Hemisphere. It is also one of the most scenic and varied as it circumnavigates the Coromandel.

For more information visit the website. 

Steampunk The Thames

Thursday 7 November - Sunday 10 November

The fifth annual steampunk festival of the arcane and thaumaturgic arts will crank up a head of steam with an action packed, fun filled weekend of high-energy hoopla for grownups and young people alike.

For more information click here. 

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. 

Full concert details and Artists have been announced. Click here to read more. (SOLD OUT SHOW)

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.

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. To see the dates for winter click here .