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What's on in the Coromandel

02 May 2019

Coromandel Town is the place to be this weekend. The great Kauri Run and the Coromandel Seafood Festival will be held at the Coromandel Area School grounds. So make sure you check it out.


Get your music fix this weekend in the District. The Auckland Youth Orchestra is presenting in Whitianga this weekend. Catherine Tunks and Her Bona Fide Band are playing in Thames. And Adam Mcgrath is playing at the Kauaeranga Hall this Sunday.

Coromandel Seafood Festival 

Saturday 4 May from 9am - 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 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. Entry is just $2 per person with under 14 years free, and proceeds from this go to the Coromandel Area School.

For more information on the Seafood Festival click  here. 

The Great Kauri Run

Saturday 4 May 

The Great Kauri Run is 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. 

Catherine Tunks and Her Bona Fide Band

Sunday 5 May 3pm – 6pm at 'The Back Room', 714 Pollen Street, Thames.

Catherine (Cat) Tunks is an award nominated and prolific songwriter with three albums behind her trail and a global gypsy of musical stories.

For tickets and more information visit Eventfinda. 

Adam McGrath – The Ragged Ramble Tour

Sunday 5 May 2:30pm at Kauaeranga Hall, 437 Kauaeranga Valley Rd, Thames.

Adam McGrath, lead singer and songwriter from mythical mongrel Christchurch folk/country band, The Eastern, returns again to the state highways and byways of these long isles as part of his Autumn 'Ragged Ramble' Tour.

For tickets and more information click here

Black Grace

Back by popular demand, Black Grace presents a tour of NZ.

Led by Neil Ieremia, internationally renowned dance company, Black Grace, shares a mix of iconic favourites and brand new works presented in the relative comfort of your local community hall and other such informal spaces.

Thursday 9 May, 7:30pm – 8:30pm at Thames War Memorial Civic Centre, 200 Mary St, Thames.

Friday 10 May, 7:30pm – 8:30pm at Whangamata Memorial Hall, 326 Port Road.

For tickets and more information for both venues click here.

For more information contact Robyn on 0273831117 or or visit 206 Pollen Street Thames.

This is a fundraiser and promotional event for the Thames Valley Tangata Ora Trust (which is a ‘people’s wellbeing’ trust) and Thames Coromandel Hauraki Women’s Loan Fund.

Come along to this exciting event and have some fun. There are two wonderful door prizes to be won and more spot prizes on the night. Entry fee is $10 per person, or bring a friend or your Mum to celebrate Mother’s Day and get in for $15 for two people.

Ask Where I'm Local - Visual Arts Exhibition

Friday 10 May - Sunday 26 May. Opening 5:30pm Friday.

New and evocative works from 14 artists from Coromandel Town/Colville, reflecting their personal response to the theme "Ask Where I’m Local". 

 For more information click here.

Jennian Homes - Mother's Day Fun Run 

Sunday 12 May 9am – 12pm at Whitianga Waterways, Joan Gaskell Drive.

The nationwide Jennian Homes Mother’s Day Fun Run/Walk returns this year on Sunday 12 May.

The event is offering families across the country the chance to have fun on Mother’s Day, get active together and support the Heart Foundation along the way.

Click here for more information. 

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.


West African Drum 'n Dance, bringing Africa to the Coromandel

Sunday, May 26, at 10:30am – 3:30pm at 790 Hot Water Beach Rd, Whitianga. 

Come and learn groovy, contagious African Drumming Rhythms and Dances in a fun easy workshop for a whole day with Koffie Fugah from Ghana, West Africa.

For tickets and more information visit Eventfinda.

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 and holistic fair which includes reading, healings, workshops and more.

For 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.

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

It's Showtime: Family Friendly Magic and Illusion Show

Friday 7 June 7pm – 8:30pm at 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 much more fun for 2019.

Come along to witness an unforgettable show. 

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 

The Whangamata Adventure Race is a new event that mixes Adventure Racing and Rogaine.

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.

For more information click here. 

Scallop Festival

Saturday 21 September . 

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

For tickets and 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 

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.                

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.