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What's on in the Coromandel?

16 June 2017

There's a variety of events coming up over the next few months to get excited about - whether it's celebrating our heritage, raising funds for charity, or some outdoor action - there's something for everyone.

Beauty and the BeastA Classic fairy tale comes to Thames

Disney's Beauty and the Beast will be the first live production of a classic Disney show to be performed on the Coromandel. Thames Music and Drama (MAD) will be staging the fairy tale during June and aim to make it fun and affordable for all ages.

The production cast of around 38, ranging in age from 10 to 60 and up, is excited about their involvement in the complex production.

Beauty and the Beast show times are:

  • 7pm Friday 16th June
  • 2pm Saturday 17th June (Matinee)
  • 6.30pm Saturday 17th June

Tickets are available online on the Thames Music and Drama website or from Coco Coffee Bar. Adults $28, Senior/Students $24, Child $15, Prime Seats $28.

Hospice LogoShorts for hospice is back

Wednesday 21 June 2017

Get your friends and workmates together and have some fun wearing shorts, while supporting a great cause.

Big Shorts - Little Shorts - Loud Shorts

Whether you wear your finest walk shorts and socks combo, your best beach boardies, or your high fashion stunners, be a part of our first “Shorts for Hospice” day.

Stuck for ideas? Pop into your local Hospice shop for the best range of pre-loved shorts in town.

Break the Stigma

RSVP or phone or text 021 902434 (click image to expand).

Ride of the legendsJoin the Legends

Thursday 6 July 2017

The Ride of The Legends (ROTL) is coming to New Zealand for the first time, and you have the chance to meet some former All Black and British Lions rugby sporting greats as they roll through Thames.  On Thursday 6 July you can buy a ticket to an evening with the likes of Buck Shelford, Ian Kirkpatrick, Bernie McCahill, to hear first-hand some great rugby yarns.  Everyone's welcome to attend, at the Thames Rugby and Sports Club at 4pm on the 6th of July 2017.

$5.00 per adult door charge and gold coin donation for children and then pay for what you want to eat and drink. There will also be raffles and an auction at each regional event.  All proceeds to the ride’s charity Conductive Education.

For more information check out their website

The Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. David CarterWas school better 30 years ago?

Friday 30 June 2017

The Year Ten Leaders from Mercury Bay Area School are holding a fun debate night. The subject is ‘School now is better than school 30 years ago’. This debate will showcase the schools academics, with the debate, a kapa haka performance, nibbles made by the Edu-caterers, a musical performance, student art on display and a drama performance. This debate is also an opportunity for people to hear different people’s perspectives on educational issues. It will give everyone the chance to discuss these issues themselves. It will be a evening to remember and a great night out with friends.

The Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. David Carter (pictured) will be moderating the debate. On the team debating that school was better 30 years ago are Mr. Scott Simpson, MP for Coromandel, our Mayor  Sandra Goudie and Principal of Mercury Bay Area School Mr. John Wright. On the team arguing that school is better now, are Year Ten students Thomas Astwood, Hannah Murphy and Alice Robinson.

Tickets are available at the Mercury Bay Area School office -  Ph: 07 866 5916.

Coromandel Peninsula Art and Craft FairCoromandel Peninsula Art and Craft Fair

Saturday 15 July 2017

The annual Fair is an initiative of the Mercury Bay Art Escape Trust, showcasing quality hand made arts and crafts from artisans of the Coromandel Peninsula will be held on 15th July 2017. Entry is by gold coin donation.

Whitianga Town Hall, Monk St, Whitianga.

To arrange visits with local artists, see for further details.

Karaka Run

Saturday 15 July 2017

As the Coromandel Classic track has changed from the Pinnacles (closed until October) to the Karaka track out of Thames a separate concession from DOC has been issued to put on a familiarisation event. For further details on this event click here.

FoodshowCome and visit the Coromandel Beach House at the Food Show in Auckland

28 - 30 July 2017

The Coromandel’s appeal as a destination for lovers of artisan food and beverages will again be promoted at the Food Show in Auckland – with a delectable and diverse range of products showcasing as part of the Coromandel Food Collective.

click here to read more

Download our Coromandel Food Trail Guide here or grab your copy from information centres, I-Sites, libraries and Council offices, serving the needs of all foodie visitors to the Coromandel.

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Catch Gold Fever!

1 August 2017 – 31 July 2018

A bonanza of events celebrating 150 years since the Thames Goldfields proclamation.  
How will your group celebrate 150 years?
Contact: to find out how you can be involved or phone 07 878 0260.

Check the online calendar of events at:

Coromandel PlayersThe Coromandel Players 40th Reunion

Friday 4 and Saturday 5 August 2017

7.30pm, Hauraki House Theatre

A celebration of the Coromandel Players having been in existence for 40 years. Excerpts from some of the plays, music, exhibition, memories, food and drinks.

Further information can be found by contacting Liz Cameron - 1667 Manaia Road, RD 1, Coromandel or phone: 027 4941188 or 07 8668508.

Whangamata Adventure RaceWhangamata Adventure Rogaine

Saturday 5 August 2017

The Whangamata Adventure Rogaine is a new event that mixes Adventure Racing and Rogaine.

The concept is simple. You get a map with lots of checkpoints and you collect as many of them as you can in a set time.

For further details see

Coromandel Classic

The Coromandel is one of the New Zealand's best hidden playgrounds for multisport and adventure athletes. From surf beaches to sub-alpine native forests, the Coromandel Classic multisport race will challenge individuals and team competitors of all abilities. This year is the 16th event, and event organisers expect the race to be bigger and better than ever.  

For further details see

NZRallyGold Rush Rally of Coromandel

Saturday 26 August 2017

The Coromandel will once again play host to a round of the 2017 New Zealand Rally Championship on the 26th August, with the organisational team behind Rally New Zealand linking with the Thames-Coromandel District council to base an event from the seaside township of Whitianga. The rally will be based at the Mercury Bay Sports Multi-Sport Park, which will host Rally HQ and the Service Park. Competition will take place over 135 kilometres of special stage on forestry and public roads around the Mercury Bay region. The event will feature gravel roads in the area, some of which were last used for rallying on the 1979 International Motogard Rally of NZ. The event was an exciting new addition to the NZ rally calendar in 2014, and the Coromandel will provide a stunning and backdrop for round 4 of the 2017 NZ Rally Championship.

For further information on NZ Rally visit them here.

Run Walk FestivalRun Walk Festival Whangamata

Saturday 9 September 2017

With the half marathon (21km), the 10km and 5km events, the Whangamata Run Walk Festival offers something for participants of all ages and abilities. All three courses take in spectacular views of ocean beach & pristine bush-clad hills along the way. Enter individually, with friends and family, or gather a team together.

Further information is available on their website


Scallop FestivalThe Whitianga Scallop Festival

Saturday 16 September 2017

The Whitianga Scallop Festival is a celebration of Whitianga seafood and marine heritage, held annually in September to boost winter tourism numbers. Now in its thirteenth year, the event has grown into one of New Zealand’s iconic seafood celebrations.

Tickets for this event are now on sale, for further information visit their website

Parawai School logoPārāwai School

Friday 27 October and Saturday 28 October 2017

Pārāwai School turns 50 in 2017 and to mark this occasion, we invite all past students, teachers, BOT members and friends of Pārāwai School to our 50th Jubilee Celebrations to be held over Friday 27th October and Saturday 28th October 2017 at Pārāwai School.
Officially opened on 24th June 1967, Pārāwai School has seen many changes over its 50 year history.  Today we are now teaching the children of past students and so we look forward to celebrating this milestone in our development as a school.
To register for this event, or for more information please visit the Pārāwai School office at 106 Lowe Avenue, Thames, phone 07 868 8117 or email:

Pohutukawa Ball

K2K2 Cycle Race

Saturday 28 October 2017

Every year the event starts in a different Coromandel Peninsula town, circumnavigating the Peninsula. There are a range of different options for various abilities, with the full 200km solo race probably the toughest one day road cycle race in the Southern hemisphere!There are three races, the 200km K2, the 100km Pearl Izumi K1 and the 50km 1/4 K race.

The Cranleigh K2 is also one of the most scenic and varied races with the route traveling through sub tropical forest, pacific coastlines, rural farmland and the Pohutukawa coastline of the Hauraki Gulf.

This years race marks the 16th anniversary of the Flight Centre K2 and the race will start in Whitianga and travel in an anticlockwise direction through The Coromandel.

For further information see

Steampunk Banner

9-12 November 2017

The third 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 further information see

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The 2018 Festival promises to be packed with action and excitement, as the most glamorous racing machinery and famous motorsport competitors gather together for this annual internationally recognised hill climb event. Make your plans now.  Tickets on sale in August.

For further information visit

Whitianga Half MarathonWhitianga Half Marathon

Saturday 26 May 2018

This is the first annual half marathon to be held on 26th May 2018 in the beautiful Mercury Bay.

There is a 21km course, a 10km course, a 5km course and a 2km kids beach dash. Each course can be either ran or walked. We are expecting people from all over New Zealand. We are encouraging this as a fun family event. Everyone can participate in some way. There will be a exciting and festive feel at Race HQ on Buffalo Beach Reserve.

This event has been created to give back to the community. All profits will be donated back into the area.

For further information or to enter the event see

Creative WaikatoARTillery Workshop

Creative Waikato has been funded by Creative New Zealand to develop a suite of workshops (ARTillery) delivered to artists and arts groups across the Waikato region, including Taupō.

ARTillery workshops are designed to give you the skills you need to succeed as an artist or group.

These are FREE, interactive, practical workshops that have been designed so that participants work on their own project during the workshop and can immediately apply the results in the real world.

FREE - however you must register through their website

Thames MarketThames Market

Every Saturday 8am-12noon - Pollen Street, Grahamstown.

It's persimmon time at Thames Market this week.   You will find the "Golden Apples" at Maryanns stall.  Maryann and her husband have a persimmon orchard in the Wentworth Valley.

Don't forget to bring your own bag, basket or box to the Thames Market, plastic carry bags are no longer allowed. 

To find out more call - 07-8689841 or check out Thames Market's Facebook page here.

LibrariesDistrict Libraries

Toddler Time: Every Wednesday, 10am at Mercury Bay Library and every Thursday, 9.30am at Thames Library.

Mums and Bubs: every Wednesday, 10am at Tairua Library.

Book Club: every second Monday of every month the Mercury Bay book club meets at 10:30am, Nina's Café (next door to Mercury Bay library). 

Thames Library Mega Book Sale: This winter, for one week only, Thames Library are hosting a massive Book Sale. Take home some wonderful old treasures they no longer have the space to keep!  Fill a bag for $5.00 (please bring your own bag). The sale will be in the Carnegie Room at Thames Library from June 26th to July 1st.

V.I.P. Cards: This winter, Thames-Coromandel Libraries are introducing V.I.P. loyalty cards,  just like a coffee card from your favourite cafe, but instead of caffeinated goodness they will stamp your card for every $2.50 DVD or yellow sticker Pay Fiction item you borrow. Every fifth stamp will earn you a free Pay Fiction or DVD hire. The V.I.P. Card deal is valid until 31st August, so get stamping!

For more information and other District Library events follow them on Facebook here

For more on upcoming events see the Destination Coromandel website here.

Event organisers you can submit your own events to the Destination Coromandel events page here and it will then also appear on our TCDC website.

Click here to see our events guide in our Summertime Magazine (p90-101). Also follow us on Facebook for more.