News and Public Notices

What's on in the Coromandel?

22 November 2019

Summer has arrived early in the Coromandel this year with the Metservice predicting warmer than average temperatures and no rain for the next two weeks. This is great news for all of our event organisers in the district, especially those putting Christmas Parades which will start from next weekend.

Here is further information on parades near you;

Coromandel - Saturday 7 December, 3pm from Te Tiki Street to the Coromandel Area School field. The bulk of the roadway improvements to the Coromandel Town’s main street will be finished by the time Santa and his helpers to pay a visit on 7 December. Turn up on the day at Te Tiki Street by 2.30pm.

Matarangi - Sunday 22 December, 11am in the Matarangi Town Centre. For more information click here.

Thames - Friday 13 December, 5 - 9pm. Registration forms available from GBD and Harcourts. For more information contact Rachael Cheeseman by email.

Whangamata  - Saturday 7 December, 12pm on Port Road. Entry forms can be collected from Geoff March from the Lions Club, contact him on 021 025 72270.

Whitianga - Saturday 7 December, 12.30pm. The parade starts at Lyon Park Rugby Grounds, travels along Albert Street towards Buffalo Beach, along The Esplanade and finishes at Taylor's Mistake car park area. At the end of the parade the winning float will receive a prize. Entry forms are avaliable from the Informer's office at 14 Monk Street or at Contact Fiona Kettlewell on 021 299 5506.

Summer Yoga in Kuaotunu

'Finding Alien Worlds' - Thames Continuing Education Group

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 

Summer Exhibition Art Gallery

For more information visir their Facebook Page.

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.

Santa on the Pepe

Thames Christmas Wonderland

Saturday 14 December - Tuesday 24 December, 7pm - 10pm daily at  Thames Civic Centre

Get into the Christmas spirit with Thames' own Christmas light display - a combination of light and static display and hands on creativity. Make this part of your Christmas tradition and spend an evening out with the kids.

Entry $2 per person

Whangamata Summer Festival Craft Markets

December 27 and 28, Williamson Park, Whangamata

Featuring a huge variety of craft, art, kitchen, clothing,  jewellery and food stalls... plus live music from local artists... the markets are the largest in the region boasting over 130 stalls.

The Extravaganza Fair

Friday 27 December  - Sunday 29 December, Danby Field, Thames

The Extravaganza Fair is a family affair, it is a free entry, fun day out with something for everyone.

Bringing to NZ a unique style of interesting market stalls, arts and craft, food, musical entertainment, circus shows, performers, unique to NZ tiny homes, including open home and kids shows and games. We're bringing back the 'old school', join in the sack races, tug of wars and musical bean bags and be in to win prizes. 

For further information see their website.

Kauaeranga Summer Fun

Friday 27 December - Sunday 12 January

 A popular events program held in the beautiful Kauaeranga Valley, with a range of activities throughout January! Including events for the entire family,

For further information see the Department of Conservation website.

L.A.B with Mako Road and Soaked Oats

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

Recently named by Radio New Zealand as New Zealand’s Best Live Act, L.A.B. is gearing up for another massive summer period. These shows will be the first since the upcoming release of L.A.B’s third album in three years. Set for release in late-2019, the album continues to build on the momentum that has seen them become a favourite on the NZ festival circuit.

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.


Tuesday 31 December

Joes Farm is a special place, a quiet river valley situated just minutes away from the beach, surrounded by rolling hills and big skies.  It sits perfectly as a rural gateway to the coast, a short shuttle ride away is one of the country's most popular surf beaches,  Whangamata.  Farm owner Jo Adams has opened the farm gates to allow recreational access to the 500 plus acres providing an exciting new addition to New Zealand greenfield venues.


Thursday 2 January 4pm - 10.30pm, Coroglen Tavern

Along with special guests, The Black Seeds, dub-reggae icons Katchafire are probably NZ’s most laid-back, good-vibes band, and they’re most likely our hardest working too. The Hamilton boys are coming home for the holidays, all fired up for their annual summer road trip.

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

Farm Dance

Sunday 5 January 1pm - 10.15pm

Farm Dance is a brand-new boutique summer music event set to take place in Whangamata. Experience a world class line up just 10 minutes from the CBD. Farm Dance is an R18 event..

For further information see the  Farm Dance website.

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. 

Whitianga Summer Concert

The last stop on the Greenstone Entertainment 2020 Summer Concert Tour visits Whitianga with music spanning the decades, from the late 1960's through to the early 2000's.  This event sold out in record time but for those that 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 0272792220 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
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