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What's on in the Coromandel

25 October 2018

The K2 Road Cycle Classic is happening on Saturday. Please be careful on roads around the Coromandel on the day of this event and leading up to it as many cyclists are in training. Go slow when passing cyclists, allow lots of room and please be patient. Share the road. Meanwhile, around the rest of the District there's lots of other events happening this weekend.

For more information check out the Thames Music Group website.

Pauanui Classic Car Display

Saturday 27 October, 12pm - 3pm at the Pauanui Sports & Recreation Club.

A gathering with over 50 classic cars on display, live rock'n'roll music, food and fun.

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.

Whangamata Business After 5 (BA5)

Wednesday 31October, 5pm at the Titoki Golf Club.

Our Mayor Sandra Goudie is the guest speaker, talking about Council's Long Term Plan and tourism for the area. Everyone is welcome and able to ask Mayor Sandra questions. 

Nibbles provided and a cash bar is also available.

Alpaca Social Club – Dazzling Music Virtuosity

7:30pm Saturday 3 November, at the Kauaeranga Hall, 437 Kauaeranga Valley Rd, Thames.

The Alpaca Social Club, with well-loved musos Craig Denham and Jon Sanders, are visiting Thames again this year after two years of travelling and adventure.

Listen and be beguiled - Celtic, Balkan, Middle Eastern, Reggae, Soul, Americana and Gypsy swing origins. All live at Kauaeranga Hall.

Tickets: $20 for pre-sale and door sales are $22.

For more information: 

Text 021912993 or Email

Developing Depth with Kate Jones Madhill 

Saturday 3 November, 4pm - 6pm, The Little Gallery Whangamata 

Check out the Little Gallery Whangamata and gain an insight into how an artist develops depth using layering and glazing techniques, with Kate Jones Madhill.

Click here for more information 

Letitia Mackenzie

Saturday 3 November, 11am, at the Back Room at Lotus Realm, Thames.

Letitia Mackenzie, a local musician from Hikuai. Free entry, good vibes and an acoustic buzz.

For more information visit the Lotus Realm Facebook page.

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.

Women Of Empire

6 - 18 November 

For more details see the Eventfinda website link. 

8 - 11 November

The Thames Steampunk Festival rocks our region’s biggest town every November. The festival programme includes steampunk balls, a banquet and burlesque nights, as well as exhibitions and concerts. Featured this week:

Fantastic Steampunk Strut

Saturday 10 November, 3pm, at Thames Civic Centre, Mary Street Thames.

An opportunity to really show of your fashion wear and let everyone get a good look at the artistry that goes into these pieces.  Members of the public are invited to register on the day to take part in this glorious fashion parade. Open to Men, Women and Children. Fundraiser event hosted by Thames Rotary.

$5 per person entry fee

$5 per person registration

Click here for more information. 

Tairua Trail and Tides

To enter see Simply Timings website.

NZ Trio 

NZ Trio are performing at the Morcom Residence, Cooks Beach on Saturday 10 November.

NZ Trio bring a fresh and approachable style to classical music, appealing to listeners from all walks of life.

Click here for more information.

Arts on Tour

Seven Deadly Stunts

Thursday 22 November 7pm, Whitianga Town Hall.
What drives someone to walk on broken glass, swallow fire or juggle a chainsaw? In Seven Deadly Stunts, married couple  David Ladderman and Lizzie Tollemache celebrate seven of the most notorious stunts in carnie history, along with the stories of how and why they exist. The couple will put their bodies - and their marriage - on the line. Performing each of the seven stunts live requires total trust.

Click here for tickets and more information.

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.

Kiwi rockers Blindspott announce their ‘Reunion Tour’ with Devilskin as special guests.

tickets on sale at

Click here for tickets and more information.

Click here for tickets and more information.

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.

Whitianga Summer Concert 

Sunday 27 January 2019 (Auckland Anniversary Weekend) at Whitianga Waterways Arena.

Another sizzling hot summer of music will be hitting our shores in January with Greenstone Entertainment announcing its line-up of four international acts for the annual Summer Concert Tour.

See the Greenstone Entertainment website for further details.  

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.

Farmers Market 

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.

Coroglen market

Every Sunday 9am-1pm 

Coroglen Hall 

Whitianga Art Group and Gallery Art Market Labour Weekend

23 School Road - off Eyre Street

Saturday 20 October - Monday 22 October 10am - 5pm

Local art at competitive prices. A great place to pick up Christmas gifts.

Whitianga Art Craft and Farmers Market

Soldiers Memorial Park from 8am.

For more information on the Art Market contact Marle Ward on 07 866 0204 or 021 0241 9368