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What's on in the Coromandel

28 March 2019

The Coromandel is hosting more than 100,000 people this weekend for the annual Repco Beach Hop event.

Tomorrow, the Hop hits Onemana for a Thunder Cruise, and on Saturday and Sunday it's all on in Whangamata with retro cars, hot rods, caravans, motorbikes and boat shows and a nostalgia surf competition. Each night there is entertainment such as DJs, rock'n roll, markets and food.

If you’re looking for a laugh the Classic Comedy Night is from 6:30pm - 11pm on Port Road Whangamata Thursday night.

Beach Hop has been awarded New Zealand’s favourite event at the 2018 New Zealand Events Awards and this year, as looks to be better again as the event builds towards it's 20-year celebration.

Elsewhere this weekend, the Thames Volunteer Fire Brigade is hosting the Family Fundraiser Fishing Competition this Saturday. Weigh in will be at the Thames Fire Station with food and refreshments available.

And the Kuaotunu Bubble Festival is being hosted at 6pm  this Sunday  at the Kuaotunu Reserve offering fun for the whole family and exciting prizes to be won.

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. 

See for more information.

Whoopee Review

Wednesday 27 March 6:30pm, 11pm at Jack Daniels Party HQ, 19 Port Road, Whangamata. 

The award-winning Rock n Roll Circus is thrilled to present The Whoopee Revue Burlesque Show at Repco Beach Hop 2019.

Featuring some of New Zealand’s leading burlesque entertainers and rising stars, be prepared to laugh, blush and have a wickedly good time. 

For tickets and more information visit Eventfinda. 

Classic Comedy Night

Thursday 28 March 6:30pm -11pm at Jack Daniels Party HQ, 19 Port Road, Whangamata.

You’ll have sore ribs and tears running down your cheeks during this crazy night. Our special guest is Wilson Dixon from Colorado, USA with well-known Kiwi comedians Brendhan Lovegrove and Justine Smith from the TV Show 7 Days.

For tickets and more information visit Eventfinda.

Classic Comedy Night

Thursday 28 March 6:30pm -11pm at Jack Daniels Party HQ, 19 Port Road, Whangamata.

You’ll have sore ribs and tears running down your cheeks during this crazy night. Our special guest is Wilson Dixon from Colorado, USA with well-known Kiwi comedians Brendhan Lovegrove and Justine Smith from the TV Show 7 Days.

For tickets and more information visit Eventfinda.

Shades of Darkness

Friday 29 March 8pm – 12am at The Rocker Box, 476 Pollen St, Thames. 

They are a regular band that is showcased at the Rocker box once a month and will do so until the end of time as these guys rock the roof every time!

For more information visit Eventfinda.

Kuaotunu Bubble Festival

Sunday 31 of March 6pm at the Kuaotunu Reserve, weather permitting.

Bring your family and a picnic and share in some Bubblelastic fun. BYO bubble juice and wands.

There will be a prize for the best homemade bubble making master piece kindly donated by Fun Zone Whitianga.

Elevenses With Lisa Lorrell

Thursday 4 April 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. 

For more information 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. 

The Great Piratical Rumbustification by Margaret Mahy

Hauraki House Theatre, 230 Kapanga Rd, Coromandel Town. 

Sunday 21 April 2019 6pm – 7:30pm

Presented by the Coromandel Players, with an all child cast, this classic Margaret Mahy story is adapted by Tim Bray, with songs by Christine White.

For more information visit Eventfinda

Colville Easter Festival

Friday 19 April - Monday 22 April at Colville Hall.

Come and enjoy the Easter festival in Colville, fun for all the family. There will be Tibetan Art, Wax Wrap making, Wool Weaving, Needle Felting, Mono Printing, Jungle Animal Drawing and more. 

For tickets and more information click here for their website. 

Coromandel Seafood Festival 

Saturday 4 May from 9am to 4pm on the Coromandel Area School grounds.

It’s that time again when we celebrate our seafood culture along with the amazing environment that supports it. Now in its third year the committee have been working hard to keep the event on the calendar. 

The festival promises to be more streamlined offering continuous demonstrations throughout the day. Other changes have meant coinciding with the Great Kauri Run held by ARC on the top field of the school and the Seafood Fest on the lower field. Entry is just $2 per person with under 14 years free making it affordable for families and proceeds from this go to the Coromandel Area School. 

For more information visit their website here. 

The Great Kauri Run

Saturday 4 May 

The Great Kauri Run comprises of a series of off road trail runs or walks which take place on the stunningly beautiful Northern Coromandel Peninsula. 

For more information visit their website. 

Wild Womens Weekend

Friday 17 May - Sunday 19 May throughout Whangamata. 

Take the chance to get away with friends, have some time out, shop, play some sport, have fun or just stare at the sea.

For more information on this event click here.

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. 

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. 

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 

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. 

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.

Whangamata Lions Craft and Farmers Market - Easter - Saturday 20 April at the Memorial Hall Whangamata. A well known local market offering a huge variety of crafts, food, and produce