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What's on in the Coromandel

04 October 2018

Check out what's happening in the Coromandel this weekend and beyond.

Congratulations, you survived the first week of the school holidays. Never fear, the Coromandel still has plenty of events to keep everyone entertained. Whether it's ice skating in Whitianga or some other form of exercise such as the Pauanui/Tairua trail night run/walk, listening to live music or visiting the open studios for the Coromandel Arts tour, we have you sorted for the second week.

Ice Skate Tour

Thursday 4 October - Monday 8 October at the Mercury Bay Fishing Club, 12 The Esplanade, Whitianga.

For more information check out the website here.

Adam McGrath and The Roaring Days

Saturday 6 October, 7.30pm at Kauaeranga Hall, 437 Kauaeranga Valley Rd, Thames.

Adam McGrath is a folk singer stationed wherever he lands. The lead singer and songwriter for The Eastern, takes to his solo adventures with the same intensity, passion, love and humour that has given his day band a firm foothold into the hearts and minds of New Zealand.

On this tour he'll be joined by a small but mighty rhythm section (The Roaring Days) who promise to help drive McGrath's songs and get the hearts beating against the chest.

For more information click here, email:, phone: 021912993 or visit Lotus Realm, 714 Pollen St, Thames.

Thames Business Association - Public meeting

Wednesday 10 October, 5.30 - 6.30pm at the Thames Civic Centre.

The Thames Business Association welcomes all businesses and community organisations to attend their open meeting, providing an opportunity to network with the Thames business community. Find out what the association is doing, meet the new manager and hear about upcoming events that will benefit Thames.

8 - 14 October is Mental Health Awareness Week and the Whangamata Community Services Trust have organised the Hope Walk - a community suicide prevention movement promoting wellbeing. Following the walk there are more free activities for the whole family, see the poster above for details. Donations on the day are appreciated.

If you can help out on the day, please contact the Whangamata Community Services Trust at 101 Casement Road, phone 07 865 7065 or check out their Facebook page here. A volunteers meeting will be held at 10am, Wednesday 3 October for more information. 

Open Studios Coromandel Arts Tour

  • Saturday 6 October  - Sunday 7 October
  • Saturday 13 October - Sunday 14 October

Artists from Coromandel Town and surrounds are opening their studios to visitors during the first two weekends of October.

Meet up to 35 artists whose work covers an extensive range of techniques. Explore studios that are found in exhibition galleries, work spaces with magnificent sea and landscape views and rustic workshops surrounded by bush, filled with bird song.

Throughout both weekends and the days in between, each artist will display a work at the Hauraki House Gallery. The Gallery is a great starting point to pick up the Artist Guide and plan weekend studio visits.

Further information can be found on the website

Offbeat Theatre Company presents 'Blind Eye'

October 9 - October 13 at the Coghill Theatre in Whitianga.

Be prepared to be moved by this powerful New Zealand drama, directed by Christine Carter. Tickets are available from Paper Plus Whitianga, 71 Albert Street or phone Sharyn on 027 610 5933 for more details.

The Andrew London Trio

Saturday 13 October, 7:30pm – 9:30pm at the Coromandel Bowling Club, 190 Woollams Ave.

The Trio's delivery is wrapped in an easy-going and accessible Hot Club Swing package with occasional sallies into folk, blues and jazz, and the spontaneous banter holds the show together. 

His Trio - himself, his wife Kirsten and woodwind exponent Nils Olsen - have performed widely throughout New Zealand, Australia, Norfolk Island and Saudi Arabia. Andrew's albums have been widely acclaimed by Downbeat USA and here is our opportunity to appreciate his skills in a live concert performance.

Click here for tickets and more information.

Monday 15 October, 5:30pm meet at Thames Wharf and walk to Kuranui Bay. Wear pink. All donations and funds raised go to the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation.

Mercury Bay Homecoming Weekend

Labour weekend 19 - 22 October

Mark your calendars, call your friends and make plans now to come home for the inaugural Mercury Bay homecoming weekend.

Time to reconnect with old friends, retell classic stories and relive happy memories. 

Events are being planned for the weekend, and will be updated here.

Free funding forum

Tuesday 16 October

Creative Coromandel is hosting an online arts forum to learn how to approach an arts funding application and offer the absolute basics of how to go about it. A friendly, relaxed opportunity to talk with your local arts community and listen and learn from one another. For practicing artists at any level of establishment and for arts organisations.

For more information check out their website  here.

Andy Mac will also be raffling off an original mixed media painting of Merle Haggard (value $250) on the night. Tickets available from Lotus Realm, 714 Pollen St, Thames.

Labour Weekend Art Market

Saturday 20 October - Monday 22 October, 10am - 5pm at the Whitianga Art Centre and Gallery, 23 School Road.

Local art at competitive prices. Choose your Christmas gifts representing mementos of the Coromandel.

For more information contact Marle Ward on 07 866 0204 or 021 0241 9368.

Art exhibitions and sales

Available at the Lotus Realm, 714 Pollen St, Thames in the back room until mid-October.

Warren Kupe-Smith - Gorgeous beautifully painted New Zealand landscape art. These atmospheric acrylic paintings capture some of the beauty and light of our local Coromandel coast and bush. Warren (pictured right) also has some incredible pen and ink drawings.

Dr Arachne Phibes - A selection of experimental microscope slides for your perusal. Just a small fragment of the wrecked laboratory found aboard a ghost ship that mysteriously re-appeared from the Bermuda Triangle after 80 years. But that's another story.

Armritadaka Kennelly - Two steampunk-inspired salvaged material assemblages: Nor' Easter and Well's Wonder-Walker are made from old kauri forms from AG Price, with added knobs, fittings and embellishments collected locally. Foreshore is an assemblage piece made from local flotsam around the Firth of Thames, and makes observations on custodianship and consumerism in our environment.

Whangamata Lions Market

Saturday 20 October, 8.00am at the Whangamata Memorial Hall.

Crafts, farmers produce, fruit and vegetables, Devonshire teas, sausage sizzle, fudge, crepes, candy floss, art exhibition, book sale and more. 

Click here for further details.

Wish 4 Fish - Charity Fishing Competition

Saturday 27 October, 7pm at the Thames Rugby Sports Club, 445 Ngati Maru Highway.

For more information check out their website.

Thames Hospital 150 years Celebration

Friday 2 November - Sunday 4 November 

Celebrations include a programme of events (registration required), and a series of lectures that feature how the hospital has developed its patient care from its simple beginnings through to the specialised services and innovative technology of today.

For further details see Waikato District Health Board website.

Steampunk The Thames

8 - 11 November 

The Thames Steampunk Festival rocks our region’s biggest town every November.

The event attracts people from all over New Zealand, as well as steampunk enthusiasts from around the world, many of whom book their visit years in advance.

The festival programme includes steampunk balls, banquet and burlesque, as well as exhibitions and concerts. Many events are family-friendly and free. See here for more.


Pauanui Christmas Home Wander

Saturday 24 November 

A day not to be missed. Stunning homes, Christmas flavour, Devonshire Tea, all for Look Good Feel Better, supporting cancer patients.

For further information see Pauanui Christmas Home Wander on facebook.

Coroglen Tavern

Saturday 1 December 

Donavon  Frankenreiter  will bring  his  honey-thick  vocals,  masterful  guitar  work  and  newest album “The Heart” to the Coromandel Peninsula for one night only.

Known and loved for his positive outlook and easy folk sounds, Donavon Frankenreiter started his professional life first as a surfer, before launching his solo music career as the protégé of Jack Johnson.   

For ticketing information see Eventfinda.

Fat Freddy's Drop

Monday 7 January 2019 at Thames Racecourse.

Freddy’s annual summer roady around New Zealand in Jan 2019 gets a super-charged tune up with the addition of some incredible tour bus buddies; DJ legend Norman Jay MBE direct from London plus local super stars Ladi6, Salmonella Dub featuring Tiki Taane, The Black Seeds and Troy Kingi with more to be announced. With fresh tour destinations added to the menu, Freddy's are about to serve up one massive summer tour.

For ticketing information see Ticketmaster.

Leadfoot Festival  

2 and 3 February 2019

The Leadfoot Festival is a unique weekend bringing together a mix of classic cars, vintage motorcycles and motorsport legends. Tickets are offered to the general public with an invitation to Rod and Shelly Millen’s private grounds at Leadfoot Ranch. The 150 acre, ocean-front estate in Hahei on the beautiful Coromandel Peninsula features a long driveway that winds through the property designed to be the perfect hill climb.  

For ticketing information see Leadfoot Festival's website.

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.

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.

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.