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What's on in the Coromandel?

26 December 2019

Our Mayor Sandra Goudie had a chat with Waikato Police Senior Sergeant Matt Cranshaw about what you need to know if you’re heading to the Coromandel for one of the many fantastic events here this summer.

“It’s no secret that the Coromandel is a popular destination at this time of year, hosting visitors for numerous events and activities,” says Mayor Sandra. “Police have a huge job as our population increases dramatically, and therefore we have an increased police presence.”

Senior Sergeant Matt Cranshaw and Mayor Sandra also talked about road safety to ensure all road users stay alive on 25. Advice includes:

  • Be patient and expect delays. The NZ Transport Agency has developed a tool that shows predicted traffic flow across popular journeys based on travel patterns from previous years, which includes the Coromandel. It can be found at Because predicted peak times can change based on incidents, weather and even driver behaviour, we suggest that you check here before you leave for accurate information about current road and traffic conditions.
  • Fatigue can cause accidents. People driving a long way to get to their destination around the Peninsula so keep your water bottle in the car and plan your trip with rest stops.
  • Don’t drink and drive and remember there is an alcohol ban in place.
  • Keep to your side of the road and stay within the lanes.
  • Drive to the conditions, whether it’s the weather, the time of day or amount of traffic, and slow down on our winding roads.
  • Keep off your phone.

To view the full discussion click here.

Tell us what else Mayor Sandra and Senior Sergeant Matt Cranshaw talked about and be in to win a road safety pack by commenting on Facebook post or email

Remeber our town centres have year-round 24/7 alcohol bans in force and many of our beaches and seaside reserves have bans in place over Christmas/New Year and holiday long weekends. You must not consume or take alcohol into any public place where an alcohol ban is in force. Whangamata has just installed CCTV around the town centre to capture bad behaviour and anyone flouting the alcohol ban over summer. See the ban areas and times at

For more information about our rules over summer, our Coromandel Summer Tips pamphlet is available at our Council service centres, visitor information centres or district libraries – or download it from our website. Inside is a summary of the most important rules in place across our District so we can all enjoy summer on the Coromandel and make sure we don’t have a negative impact on others and on the landscape.

Summer Record Tour – Fat Freddy’s Drop

The Summer Record Tour with Fat Freddy’s Drop is coming to the Thames Racecourse on Saturday 28 December. 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.

Great news if you’re already heading to the Fat Freddy’s concert: there will be free shuttle buses running from Thames i-SITE, 200 Mary Street at 3pm, 4pm and 5pm. Shuttles will then be leaving the concert at 9pm, 9.30pm and 10.30pm. All buses will be stopping off at Rhodes Park on the way there and back.

Thanks to everyone who sent us their amazing summer tips. Congratulations to Amanda Verlander who has won a double-pass to the Summer Record Tour with Fat Freddy’s Drop with her top tips. "Watch out for each other. Put sunblock on your kids. Don’t let your mates drink and drive. Don’t let your cousin get too drunk at Christmas and start family feuds. Make sure you watch your kids at the beach. Always wear your lifejacket. Swim between the flags. Always wear your seatbelt. Pull over to stay safe on the roads. Stick to the speed limit and use passing lanes. If we all stick to the simple rules everybody stays safe."

To purchase tickets click here. 

Whangamata Summer Festival

See for details

The Extravaganza Fair

  • Friday 27 - Sunday 29 December, Danby Field, Thames
  • Saturday 4 – Sunday 5 January – Williamson Park, Whangamata

The Extravaganza Fair is a family fun day out with something for everyone.

Bringing a unique style of market stalls, arts and craft, food, musical entertainment, circus shows, performers, kiwi-style tiny homes and more. For further information see their website.

Whangamata Real Estate Whanga Week

Friday 27 December - Wednesday 1 January

Whanga Week was started 34 years ago in 1985 as a way to encourage families and friends to participate in outdoor events over the summer season and raise funds to help the club purchase the vital equipment needed to help protect the men, women and children who use the aquatic environment at Whangamata.

Click here to see the events. 

Kauaeranga Summer Fun

Friday 27 December - Sunday 12 January  at  Kauaeranga Visitors Centre

 A popular events program held in the beautiful Kauaeranga Valley, with a range of activities throughout January. Including events for the entire family, from conservation talks and encounters through to abseiling, gold panning and more. 

Click here for more information. 


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 release of L.A.B’s third album in three years. 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.

Whitianga Well-being Market

Sunday 29 December - Tuesday 7 January, Whitianga Town Hall

A fantastic 10-day, well-being market held annually in Whitianga, celebrating mind, body and spirit.

Natural health therapies, free health checks and advice. On-site massages, Reiki, Reflexology, Shiatsu and other delightful body therapies. Free daily seminars and workshops for you to enjoy.  

Drax Project  - Coroglen Tavern 

29 December, 6pm - 11pm at the Coroglen Tavern

Made up of Wellington jazz school mates, bassist Sam Thomson, saxophonist Shaan Singh, drummer Matt Beachen, and guitarist Ben O'Leary, the band has cultivated a strong following since their debut as buskers just a few years ago.

This year they released their first full album, self-titled and featuring well known hits such as Woke Up Late and the Six60 collaboration Catching Feelings.

For ticketing information see ticketmaster.

Mercury Bay Emergency Services Summer Festival 

Shapeshifter at Joe's Farm in Whangamata

Tuesday 31 December

Joe's 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 Joe 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.

To purchase tickets see Joes Farm website.

Pauanui Triathlon and Duathlon

8am, December 31, 2019

The popular Pauanui Triathlon and Duathlon is held on New Year’s Eve each year, and what better way to kick off the last day of 2019.

The sprint distance triathlon is a 400m swim, 10km ride, 5km run and can be entered as an individual or as a team.

There is also a duathlon option to run and ride only.

Event HQ is at the Pauanui Surf Lifesaving Club.

The Pauanui Triathlon is brought to you by the Pauanui Sports & Recreation Club’s ‘Summer Series’ and is sponsored by ABC Business Solutions.

For more information on the Pauanui Summer Series events: Facebook: @pauanuiseries

Whangamata Car and Bike show 

Villainy - Coroglen Tavern 

Tuesday 31 December 6pm - 12am

Three of New Zealand’s mightiest rock acts will go head-to-head. Catch Villainy, Beastwars and City of Souls at the Coroglen Tavern.

Presented by Eccles Entertainment and The Rock, the three kick-ass Kiwi rock bands will unleash three electrifying sets back-to-back on the same stage, all on the same night.

For ticketing information see ticketmaster.

Original Gypsy Fair

Wednesday 1 January - Saturday 4 January at the Whangamata Area School

For four days only" the Gypsy Fair will be bringing an interesting range of handcrafted products sold exclusively at the Original Gypsy Fair, many of which are made before your very eyes.

For more information click here. 

King of the Mountain

8am, January 2, 2020

The ultimate short-distance trail run challenge.

Setting off from the Pauanui Surf Life Saving Club, the 8.5km course involves a 2km dash along the beach to the base of Mt Pauanui where the 387 m climb to the summit begins. At the top, you’re rewarded with spectacular views of Pauanui Beach and the outer islands before heading down the eastern ridge to Cave Bay for a rock-hop along the foreshore before running back along the beach.

King of the Mountain is brought to you by the Pauanui Sports & Recreation Club’s ‘Summer Series’ and is sponsored by Bachcare.
Follow the Pauanui Summer Series on Facebook to stay up-to-date for information on this event.

For more information on the Pauanui Summer Series events: Facebook: @pauanuiseries

Katchafire – Coroglen Tavern

Coromandel Town Keltic Fair 

Thursday 2 January at the Coromandel Area School fields. 

The Keltic Fair is one of New Zealands most succesful fairs and the highlight of the Coromandel holiday season with over 300 stalls. 

Click here for more information.

Pauanui Summer Series Market Day

Visit Kennedy Park in Pauanui on Friday 3 January for a variety of stalls to explore and a great day out.

Click here for more information. 

Sticky Fingers - Coroglen Tavern 

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

Tairua School Food and Wine 

Click here for more information. 

Cooks Beach Summer Gala 

4 January, 9am - 2pm 

The Cooks Beach Summer Gala is a fundraiser for Whenuakite School held on 4 January at the Cooks Beach Reserve.

Activities include the daisy dung drop, bottle toss, rides, music, entertainment and over 100 stalls.

Click here for more information. 

Farm Dance - Whangamata

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.

Frankie's Beach Street Meet - Whitianga 

Sunday, January 5, 9am – 2 pm, Albert Street Whitianga. 

Car, truck and bike show on Albert Street Whitianga.Come along and enjoy the cars and a $10 breakfast at Frankie's.

Thames Rotary Gold Rush Market Day

Dylan Stewart - Conscious Rambling - Coromandel Town 

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. 

Hahei Market Day

Monday 6 January, 9am at Kotare Reserve, Pa Road Hahei.

Over 100 stalls, and lots of fun for the family. 

Click here for more information.

Whangamata Big Arts Day Out 2020 

Ven Thubten Khadro 

USA Bluegrass Musicians 

Saturday 25 January, 7:30pm, Sunday 26 January at 4pm Kauaeranga Hall, 437 Kauaeranga Valley Rd, Thames.

Following their sold-out tours in 2018 and 2019, The Lonely Heartstring Band, a multi-talented Bluegrass quintet return to Kauaeranga Hall at Anniversary weekend 2020, for a Saturday evening concert and a Sunday afternoon Picnic Gig.

Door sales are $25 or you can pre-book for $22 at

Thames Wings and Wheels 

Whitianga Summer Concert 2020

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 2000s. This event sold out in record time but for those who were lucky enough to get a ticket, click here for more information.  

Rave Renunion - Coroglen Tavern 

Saturday 24 January 2020, Coroglen Tavern

It's been about 15 years since these shows started at the Coroglen Tavern, and a good few years since one was held. 

This was the start of many musical adventures for all the acts and it was these shows that helped kick start a big bass music movement in Aotearoa, so we thought we should get the band back together and have a reunion.

If you were at one of these shows back in the day, then you know how they went down, if you weren't, then come along and experience NZ's finest bass music pioneers in all their glory.

For ticketing information see the Cosmic Ticketing website.

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.

Whitianga Art Workshops 

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 Weekend Markets - Celebrate the local culture with our beachside markets at Island View Reserve. A quality selection of fresh produce & food trucks, craft stalls and live music. 9am-1pm, 12 January and 26 January - Auckalnd Anniversary Weekend. 

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
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.