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10 October 2019

The school holidays are drawing to a close, but there is plenty on the events calendar to keep busy with between now and Christmas. Check out the Coromandel Arts Tour before it is over. And don’t forget this month Mercury Bay takes centre stage with the Tuia – Encounters 250 commemoration.There’s plenty of information about all the events taking place below. The Coro Vibes Wellness Festival has unfortunately been cancelled for next weekend. If you have bought a ticket for this event, please check out the event’s Facebook page.

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.

NgArti Exhibition

Three exhibitions are being presented by newly-formed art group NgArti in the pop up gallery space ArtStation, formerly the Whitianga Fire Station on Monk Street.

Open 15 – 28 October from 10am-6pm, the gallery will feature the debut exhibition of Wharekaho artist Peter Matai Johnston (Ngati Hei), a touring exhibition curated by Tairawhiti Museum,Gisborne, and a collaborative exhibition with over 20 local artists including Michael Smither.

Entry to ArtStation will be from Whakau Reserve (Taylors Mistake) and will be open during the Tuia250 Stage event on Saturday 19 October.

For more information please contact Isabel Gilbert Palmer

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. 

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.

Wish 4 Fish - Charity Fishing Competition 

Free Entertainment - Live Time 

Think Fest 

Whangamata Lions Craft & Farmers Market

Saturday 26 October, 8am - 2pm at the Whangamata Memorial Hall - 328 Port Road.

Hosting more than 100 stalls of every description, there will be arts and crafts, farmers produce, fruit and vegetables, devonshire teas homemade treats and much more.

For more information click 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 andalso 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. 

Steampunk event - Head of Steam Quiz Night

Quizzers Hussar! Once you’ve met some new friends or caught up with old ones why not test your knowledge with our quiz? Prizes galore for those in the know!

The Boilerhouse Brewery, 300 Cochrane Street, Thames from 8pm - 10pm

Cost: $10 per person (Max 5 per team)

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. 

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

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 for 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).

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

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.


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.