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What's on in the Coromandel

30 May 2019

The long weekend is almost here and there are plenty of events on the Coromandel.

Get outdoors and join the Whitianga Strictly Land-Based fishing competition, fill your music fix at the Coroglen Tavern, or grasp your creative side at a pottery workshop. There is something for everyone to enjoy this Queen’s Birthday weekend.

Special premier of Rocketman to support the Nurturing Young Minds foundation

Thames annual four-day indoor market and holistic fair

Friday 31 May – Monday 3 June at Thames War Memorial Civic Centre, 200 Mary St, Thames.

This is a community market with a variety of stalls includes readings, healings and well-being workshops.

For more information click here. 

Strictly Land - Based Fishing Tournament 

Salmonella Dub Sound System 

Casual First Date - An Improvised Comedy Show

Saturday 1 June, 7:30pm – 8:30pm at The Coghill Theatre, 18 Coghill Street, Whitianga. 

A show where anything could happen, from mermaid weddings complete with crustacean bridal party to buying lamb flaps in Twizel, dental surgery with chopsticks, bagpipe reunions and outrageous revelations from stick insects, personal assistance, star-crossed lovers and everything in between.

For tickets and more information click here. 

Pottery workshops

Driving Creek Railway and Potteries, 380 Driving Creek Road, Coromandel Town.

1 - 2 June

Driving Creek Railway and Potteries in partnership with Ceramics NZ are running a series of one-day pottery workshops celebrating the hand-built techniques and approach of the incredible Barry Brickell.

For more information click here.

The Great Whitianga Duck Race

Landslide - Fleetwood Mac and Stevie Nicks Tribute Show

Sunday 2 June  7:30pm – 10:30pm at the Mercury Bay Club, Corner of Campbell St and Cook Drive, Whitianga.

Landslide is an Auckland-based, live five-piece band, who have been celebrating the music of Fleetwood Mac and Stevie Nicks all over the North Island for the past six years.

Covering well-known classics from Fleetwood Mac and also Stevie's solo hits.

For more information click here

Dune planting

Cooks Beach, Sunday 2 June Queens Birthday Weekend - arranged/ led by Cooks Beachcare group and supported by TCDC and WRC. for more information.

Winter Wellness Workshop

For workshop locations visit their website. 

It's Showtime: Family Friendly Magic and Illusion Show

Friday 7 June 7pm – 8:30pm at the Whitianga Town Hall, 24 Monk Street.

New Zealand's freshest magic and illusion spectacular is back with new illusions, more magic, more comedy, more antics and more fun for 2019.

Come along to witness an unforgettable show.

For more information click here. 

Dune planting

Buffalo Beach, Saturday 8 June - Infill planting of previously restored areas. Arranged by TCDC and supported by DOC.  Meet at Mercury Bay Boating Club for 8am-mid morning (no later than 12 noon), Sausage sizzle by Lions Club mid-morning.

Katie Martucci, Mark Mazengarb, and Jess Hindin

Sunday 9 June at 2:30pm at the Kauaeranga Hall, 437 Kauaeranga Valley Rd, Thames.

All the way from New York, don't miss Katie Martucci on her brief tour of New Zealand. Joined by renowned NZ musicians Mark Mazengarb (guitar) and Jess Hindin (violin), this will be a night of world-class swing, old-time and gypsy jazz music.

Door sales are $22 or pre-book tickets are $20. To pre-book 

Txt: 021912993 or


Stepping Out.

June 26 - June 30 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:

Wednesday 26 June 7pm
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.


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.

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. 

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.

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.

In celebration 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. 

Tuia 250 Encounters - Other projects planned.

This year New Zealand marks 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, acknowledges 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 and what is being done to mark the commemorations both on the Coromandel and nationally see Ministry of Culture and Heritage website or Mercury 250 website. 

Full concert details and Artists have been announced. Click here to read more.

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.

Colville Market Day - Saturday 1 June 9am - 1pm at the Colville Hall. Go and enjoy the Arts, crafts, pottery, treats, surprises and more. 

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.   

Whitianga Art Craft and Farmers Market - Soldiers Memorial Park, Queens Birthday Weekend, 1 June. For more information on the Art Market contact Mearle Ward on 07 866 0204 or 021 0241 9368.