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What's on in the Coromandel

07 November 2019

Steampunk the Thames is in full swing with four days of events from balls, dinners and burlesque as well as exhibitions and concerts, from now until Sunday. Many events are family-friendly and free.

It's Steampunk's fifth year and organisers have their eyes on the Guinness Book of World Records with an atttempt to gather the largest group of steampunkers in one spot - at the Historic Kopu Bridge on Saturday at 4pm.  For more information on all things Steampunk visit the event website here.

Meanwhile, spring sports events continue with the Trail and Tides half marathon in Tairua on Saturday and the Thames High School fun run on Sunday. 

An Armistice Day Remembrance Service will be held outside the War Memorial Civic Centre in Thames at 11am on Sunday, 11 November. 

And don't forget to look up for the historic Transit of Mercury early on Tuesday, November 12, with a number of supporting astrological events on around Mercury Bay in the lead-up to it this weekend. More information in this newsletter.

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. 

Steampunkers putting Thames on the world map

Steampunk the Thames will attempt to set a new Guinness World Record for the largest gathering of steampunks. The record (228) is currently held by Steampunk New Zealand (Oamaru) but was challenged in New South Wales ealier this year. Steampunk the Thames has plans to bring it back to New Zealand and is aiming for 400, although they may get more.

The event will take place on the Historic Kopu Bridge on Saturday 9 November from 4pm.  Participants will be screened as they enter the restricted area of the bridge and they will need to be in Victorian dress and wear a modern 'gadget'.

Bigfoot Stomp Box

  • Friday 8 November at 7:30pm
  • Kaeaeranga Hall, 437 Kauaeranga Valley Rd, Thames
  • Door sales $25. 

Musicians James Bar Bowen and Dave Alley are going on tour together and will be in Thames for Steampunk. Dave Alley, a long-time resident of the Auckland area, a firm favourite of the NZ original live music gig and festival scene and also a frequent performer in Europe, both solo and with his band, will be teaming up with political acoustic folk punk Brit James Bar Bowen. Bowen has been ploughing a radical folk punk furrow in the UK, Europe and America over the last few years, and is reconnecting with his much-missed Kiwi past.

With the well worn Maton guitars, a Bigfoot stomp box, harmonicas and featured percussion, Dave Alley’s show can only be described as full, driving and extremely dynamic - with a plethora of genres and styles from the vast world of music.

More information: or on Facebook: @kauaerangagigs

Tairua Trail and Tides Half Marathon 

This  annual event is about showcasing everything beautiful about the little town of Tairua. The Half Marathon / 10km and 5km courses cover the picturesque landscapes of Tairua.  

Mercury Rising  

Jolly Bikes grand opening day

Saturday 9 November - 10:30am-2:30pm

96 Richmond St, Thames

Join Jolly BIkes as they celebrate the opening of the new e-bike specialist cycle store. Mayor Sandra Goudie will be cutting the ribbon at 12:30pm and there will be a raffle, coffee cart, a free sausage sizzle, discounts, free bike checks and test rides.

Omahu Cemetery 

On Saturday  9 November from 10am - 3pm there will be an open day at the Natural Burial Garden, Omahu Cemetery to coincide with the New Zealand Cemeteries & Crematoria Collective Cemeteries week running from the 2 – 9 November.

Garden Ramble 


The Annual Fun Run/Walk

20/20 Vision for your business's marketing

This workshop is being held at the Thames War Memorial Civic Centre on Monday 11 November from 7:30am - 5pm. Cost is $50 per person

Would you like to have a perfectly clear view for your business’s marketing for next year?

Grab your laptop and join us this event on 11 November for a full day workshop to create and begin implementing your marketing plan for next year.

Tourism marketing experts Tomahawk have been invited to lead a hands-on workshop for twenty tourism businesses. This is your opportunity to learn about the competitive edge for your business and boost your bookings for 2020.

All participating businesses must bring their laptops. Tomahawk will deliver the expertise. We will provide food and drink to keep everyone learning and marketing.

Together you will get perfect 20/20 vision for your 2020 marketing plan.


Marketing with the 5 stages of travel

  • Review the 5 stages of travel and what marketing platforms serve each stage
  • Map your 2020 plan on the 5 stages worksheet
  • 7.30am – 9.00am (1.5 hours)

Takeaway: Each business will create their 2020 marketing plan and one bite-sized campaign strategy to implement in another of today’s workshop.

Optimise your Google My Business

  • Prequel = set up GMB self-learning eBook
  • Learn about the the different steps to optimise Google my Business
  • (including applying for the exception for accommodation)
  • 9.15am – 10.45am (1.5 hours)

Takeaway: Each business will better understand how easy and important it is to update their GMB listing

  • More than 50% of searches are done on mobile – learn the importance of responsive website design
  • Site speed – is your site fast enough for your customers? Do the test.
  • What is a good site map and do you have one?
  • What’s a Meta?
  • You can’t sell a secret – Clear Call to Actions (CTAs)
  • 11am – 12.30pm (1.5 hours)

Takeaway: Each business will understand the benchmarks of a good website and where their site currently sits
Lunch 12.30pm – 1.30pm

Making Social Media work for you

  • Building your social media audience
  • Finding a new audience to target on social media
  • Posting vs. linking to your website
  • 1.30pm – 3.00pm (1.5 hours)

Takeaway: Each business will be able to set up a basic Social Media Campaign using Facebook Ads

Protect your brand with Google Ads

  •  Introduction to Google search and search ads
  • How to set up a brand campaign – protect yourself against the OTAs
  • 5 tips to optimise the performance of your brand ad
  • 3.15pm – 4.45pm (1.5 hours)

Takeaway: Each business will better understand Google Ads and how to build a brand campaign

Register Today:

This event is limited to 20 people, first in first served.

Fashion  Show

3P Punk Exhibition at Thames Museum

  • Thames Museum
  • 10am-3pm  Friday to Wednesday

Visit this exhibition of photographers, printers and projectionists of the late-1800s and early 1900s Thames.

Pose for your free photo or selfie with an old-time photographer (bring your own camera).

Community Health Forum 

Loosening up with the landscapes

'Finding Alien Worlds' - Thames Continuing Education Workshops

The Thames Continuing Education Series invites you to come and listen to Dr Nicholas Rattenbury from the University of Auckland as he speaks about extra-solar planet detection: techniques, results and future.

  • Wednesday 27 November at 10:30am
  • Thames War Memorial Civic Centre - Conference Room, Mary St, Thames
  • All welcome - entry fee $3


James Cook on the Coromandel 

Robin Hood 

Vintage and Classic Show 

This classic car show is one you will not want to miss with tractors, cars, motorbikes and more. Bring your classic car to the Vintage Fields event and get in free. 

L.A.B with Mako Road and Soaked Oats

L.A.B with Mako Road and Soaked Oats

28 December, 6pm - 11pm at the Coroglen Tavern.

This show at the legendary Coroglen Tavern will see L.A.B. performing alongside Mako Road and Soaked Oats, two acts who have also seen sold out audiences across Australia and NZ through 2019. 

These shows will see three of NZ's best live acts combining for two epic shows. Tickets available now from Eventfinda.

Fat Freddy's Drop comes to Thames 

Featuring an international line up of DJs Jazzy Jeff, David "Ram Ram" Rodigan & Dub FX, plus an amazing local cast including L.A.B, Avantdale Bowling Club, JessB, Bailey Wiley, Tunes of I, Chaii and Silva MC. 

To purchase tickets click here.


Sticky Fingers

Sticky Fingers

4 January, 7pm - 10.30pm at the Coroglen Tavern (R18).

The Coroglen Tavern has decided to tee up again this summer with the timeless legends - Sticky Fingers. The "Yours To Keep Tour" is a seven-date tour travelling all over New Zealand which is bound to keep you grooving this summer.

Tickets on sale 4 September at 7pm from

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. 

The last stop on the Greenstone Entertainment 2020 Summer Concert Tour visits Whitianga with music spanning the decades, from the late 1960s through to early 2000's. This event sold out in record time but for those who were lucky enough to get a ticket, click here for more information.

The Leadfoot Festival

8 and 9 February 2020

A unique weekend on the New Zealand and international calendar that brings together a unique mix of classic cars, vintage motorcycles and motorsport legends. New Zealand racing legend, Rod Millen, opens his private grounds at the Leadfoot Ranch to host more than 150 champion and competitive race participants.

Click here for more information.

Pauanui Half Marathon 


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 not available.

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.

Whitianga Ars and Crafts Market – Held weekly on Saturdays from 9am – noon from Labour Weekend to Easter.  The market is centrally located in Soldiers Memorial Park featuring locally made art, crafts and home-made produce.

Coroglen Farmers Market – Held weekly on Sundays from 9am – noon from Labour weekend through to Easter. You will find quality local organic seasonal produce and check out the handcraft stalls and grab a hot drink or some home-made goodies at the Coroglen hall.

Coastal Collective Market - A market held on the below Saturdays at Cooks Beach shops with a curated selection of stallholders, showcasing the small business of the Mercury Bay Area. The next market is on Labour Weekend, 26 October from 1pm-4pm.

Date                                   Time
26 October 2019              1-4pm
22 November 2019          1-4pm
14 December 2019          5-8pm
28 December 2019          1-4pm
11 January 2020               1-4pm
18 January 2020               1-4pm
25 January 2020               1-4pm
8 February 2020               1-4pm
21 March 2020                1-4pm
11 April 2020                     5-8pm 

Pohutukawa Coast Artisan Market – A showcase of the local makers, artists and creatives with a relaxed vibe in the beautiful Waiomu Reserve. In conjunction with the Waiomu Beach Café, we aim to bring the community together for a fun night out that promotes hand-crafted goods. The markets are held on the last Friday of the month from Labour weekend to Easter.