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12 September 2019

Steampunks from around the country are gathering their steam-powered machinery, cogs, futuristic weapons and corsets to take over Thames for the Steampunk Festival from 7 - 10 November.

Thames’ heritage art and creative culture makes it the perfect setting for the annual festival celebrating  steam-powered machinery combined with a Victorian age look.

The festival is run by a voluntary organisation, Steampunk The Thames Inc.

Here is a line up of Steampunk events:

Thursday 7 November 

  • Meet and greet, 4pm - 7.30pm  at the Boilerhouse Brewery, 300 Cochrane Street.
  • Old Time Music Hall, 7pm - 9pm at Tararu Cultural Centre, 604 Tararu Road.
  • Head of Steam Quiz Night, 8pm - 10pm at the Boilerhouse Brewery, 300 Cochrane Street.

Friday 8 November 

  • Victorian High Tea and Tea Duelling, 2pm - 4pm at the Thames Workingmans Club, on the corner of Pollen and Cochrane Street.
  • Steampunk Night Market, 4pm - 7pm at  the Boilerhouse Carpark, 300 Cochrane Street.
  • Full Steam Variety Show, 5.30pm – 6.30pm at the Thames Civic Centre, 200 Mary Street.
  • Thames Twilight Trains,  5pm to sunset at Victoria Park, cnr Brown and Albert St.
  • Old Time Music Hall, 7pm – 9pm at Tararu Cultural Centre, 604 Tararu Road.
  • Bigfoot Stomp Box, 7:30pm – 9pm at the Kauaeranga Hall, 437 Kauaeranga Valley Rd.
  • Cogs and Grease Circus Cabaret, 8pm – 9pm at the Thames Civic Centre, 200 Mary Street.
  • Destination: Future (rave), 8pm – 12.30am at Thames Racecourse, Parawai Road.

Saturday 9 November 

  • Steampunk on Parade, 10.30am at Pollen Street, Willoughby to Cochrane St.
  • Steampunk Markets, 9am – 3pm, Adjacent to Steampunk Central, 300 Cochrane Street, (Boilerhouse Brewery Carpark and Thames Youth Centre).
  • Punk my Ride Display, 11.30am – 2pm at Kirkwood Street.
  • Mini Carnival 11.30pm – 2.30pm at Kirk wood Street, (behind Boilerhouse Brewery).
  • The Rotary Steampunk Strut 1pm – 3pm at the Thames Civic Centre, 200 Mary St, Thames
  • Whistle Stop Weird West Show 2pm – 3.30pm in The Back Room at Lotus Realm, 714 Pollen Street.
  • Costume Convergence on Kopu, 4pm - 5pm at Historic Kopu Bridge, Kopu Road.
  • Whistle Stop Weird West Show, 4.30pm – 6pm in The Back Room at Lotus Realm, 714 Pollen Street.
  • Old Time Music Hall 7pm - 9pm at Tararu Cultural Centre, 604 Tararu Road.
  • The Steamy Drag Cabaret show, 6.30pm – 7.30pm at Bite, 601 Mackay Street.
  • Victoriana Ball, 7pm - 11.30pm at Thames Civic Centre, 200 Mary Street, Thames.
  • The Steamy Drag Cabaret show, 8.30pm – 9.30pm at Bite, 601 Mackay Street. 

Sunday 10 November 

  • GBD Steampunk Breakfast from 8.30am at Grahamstown Bar and Diner, 700 Pollen Street.
  • Unplugged Sunday, 10am - 2pm at Parawai School, 106 Lowe Ave.
  • Steampunk Market, 10am – 2pm at Parawai School, 106 Lowe Ave.
  • Tea Pot Racing from 10.30am at Parawai School, 106 Lowe Ave.
  • Hauraki Vets Punk My Pet from 11.30am at Parawai School, 106 Lowe Ave.
  • Seagull Centre Auction from 12.30pm at Parawai School, 106 Lowe Ave.

There are also plenty of workshops and daily events. For a full 2019 festival programme click here

Kelvin Cruickshank Live

Kelvin Cruickshank LiveWhangamata - 14 September, 7pm - 9.30pm at the Whangamata Golf Club, 2845 Waihi-Whangamata Rd.

Whitianga - 15 September, 7pm - 9.30pm at the Flight Club Ballroom, Aero Club Hangar, South Highway.

By popular demand NZ Medium Kelvin Cruickshank is coming back to the Coromandel.

Passing on messages from people who have died and are in spirit is what Kelvin was put on earth to do. However, since the incredible success of Sensing Murder, there's been such a great demand from people on this side wanting private readings and it is just not physically possible for him to do them anymore. The best way for Kelvin to be able to put people in touch with the loved ones they've lost - and also help them to understand how the afterlife works - is through his live show Kelvin Cruickshank Live.

For more information and tickets see

Trail Trilogy

Sunday 15 September, Kaiaua-Thames-Te Aroha-Paeroa walk. 

Flat-out fun through six towns across the Hauraki Rail Trail.

For more information click here

Thames Valley Junior Cricket Muster 

Te Puru School quiz night

Te Puru School quiz night

Scallop Festival

Scallop Festival

Sold Out

Saturday 21 September 

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

For event information here

Sing Creation

Che Fu

The Kugels

The Kugels26 September, 7.30pm at the Kauaeranga Hall, 437 Kauaeranga Valley Rd.

Klezmer music with The Kugels - wild, spirited and haunting.

Three top musicians and a celebrated composer have joined together in their love of klezmer, the feisty 19th century folk music of the Jewish people.

Robin Perks, Debbie Rawson and Jacqueline Nordon, former members of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, and composer/New Zealand Arts Laureate Ross Harris were a great hit when they toured with AOTNZ in 2016.

Now they’re back again with music that makes you want to dance.
The programme features the original Klezmer compositions of accordionist/NZ Arts Laureate Ross Harris, interspersed with music from the traditional repertory – originally played at weddings and other celebrations in Eastern and Central Europe.

Featuring the highly expressive sound of violin, clarinet, accordion and bass, laced with the multi-talented reeds of Debbie Rawson on soprano sax, clarinet, bass clarinet and the Maui Xaphoon, The Kugels bring these exciting and evocative songs to the stage, together with an informative and engaging commentary.

Visit for more information.

Open Studios Coromandel Arts Tour   

First two weekends in October from 10am - 4pm 

Over the first two weekends of October, 34 local artists will welcome visitors to their studios.

From 5-13 October between 10am-4pm, each artist will be displaying a work in an exhibition at Hauraki House, the dynamic artistic hub of Coromandel Town.

Pieces include paint, ceramic, pottery, printmaking, pastel, textile, felting, metalwork, woodwork, glass, jewellery, sculpture, weaving and mixed media.

Studio locations range from exhibition galleries to work spaces with wonderful sea and landscape views and rural workshops surrounded by bush and birds.

Open Studios Coromandel Arts Tour – Gala opening

Friday 4 October 5:30pm at Hauraki House, 230 Kapanga Road.

Artists, art lovers and family/whanau are invited to celebrate the Open Studios Coromandel Arts Tour. Meet the local artists, experience their work and enjoy a drink and nibbles.

For more information contact

Greg Copeland and Steve 'Guitar' Gilles acoustic Blues duo

Greg Copeland and Steve 'Guitar' Gilles acoustic Blues duo6 October, 7pm - 10pm at Eggsentric Cafe And Restaurant, 1049 Purangi Rd, Cooks Beach.

Greg Copeland is coming back to New Zealand. He's is taking it to the roots with an up close and personal acoustic journey.

Greg pays his dues to the originals and forefathers of the Blues from deep down South, channelling the spirit into his own material and style. You'll hear warm embraces with Sister Soul and a tip of the hat to Brother Funk. Click here for further details.

Spring Surf n Eco program

7 - 9 October, from 10am - 2pm each day.

Keep the kids entertained in Whangamata during the next school holiday period with Surf n Stay's three day surf n eco program including surfing, skating and an eco workshop with a beach clean up. The program is suitable for children aged 6 - 14 years old. Click here for further details.

Spring salads workshop

Spring salads workshop17 October, 6.30pm - 8.30pm at Whanga Bar, 101 Winifred Avenue, Whangamata.

Forage + Feast workshops will be demonstrating a range of side and full meal salads accompanied with dressings to match. Their salads are different because they incorporate a range of seasonal ingredients to make it a well-rounded nutritious meal. They will be talking you through all the reasons why they have made these salads as they are.

For more information and tickets see

Ice Skate Tour

Ice skate tour

17 October - 20 October at Parawai School, Lowe Ave, Parawai. 

Be prepared for a cool but not cold ice skating experience.

The Ice Skate Tour travels around New Zealand with state of the art, artificial ice rinks. 

On Friday, 18 October, the Parawai Curling Cup will be held from 6pm onwards. Enter your team (adults only) for a great night out on

For times and more information visit Eventfinda. 


Saturday 19 October at Cory Park, Tairua.

Fresh Coromandel flavours, inspirational speakers on the mind, body and soul. Top New Zealand brands, good vibes and great times. 

For more information click here. 

Whangamata Lions Craft & Farmers Market

Saturday, October 26, 8am - 2pm at 326 Port Road, Whangamata.

The market hosts 100 plus stalls of every description filling the Memorial Hall Complex, and outside in more of an open air market. There will be Crafts, Farmers Produce, Fruit and Vegetables, Devonshire Teas Cafe, Sausage Sizzle, Bacon and Egg/Steak sandwiches, homemade Fudge, Crepes, Candy Floss, Art Exhibition, Face Painting, and much more. 

For more information click here. 

Tuia – Encounters 250 (Tuia 250)

Tuia – Encounters 250 (Tuia 250)

In 2019, Aotearoa New Zealand will acknowledge 250 years since the first onshore meetings between Māori and Europeans. Tuia – Encounters 250 (Tuia 250) is the national commemoration that recognises this milestone in our history.

This is a time to share, debate and reflect – to enable a more balanced telling of our stories, so that we speak openly and respectfully about our history. Tuia 250 is an opportunity to hold some honest conversations about Māori and European settlement of New Zealand to guide us as we go forward together.

Events and activities in regions right around the country will help New Zealanders to join the discussion.

A key part of the commemoration is the Tuia 250 Voyage. A flotilla of Pacific and European vessels will sail around the coast for a period of three months, between October and December 2019, landing in Mercury Bay.

For further information on events in Mercury Bay see the Mercury 250 website here.

MitoQ K2 Cycle Race 

Saturday 2 November 

The K2 Cycle Race starts and finishes in Thames. It is the toughest one-day cycle challenge in the Southern Hemisphere. It is also one of the most scenic and varied as it circumnavigates the Coromandel.

For more information visit the website. 

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. 

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. 

Fashion  Show

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.

Recently named by Radio New Zealand as New Zealand’s Best Live Act, L.A.B. are gearing up for another massive summer period. These shows will be the first since the upcoming release of their third album, their third 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 The 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.

Sticky Fingers

Sticky Fingers

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

Following the success of their latest album, 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

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.


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.