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The Coromandel is kicking summer off in style!

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The Coromandel is kicking summer off in style!

Tickets went on sale today to the Mercury Energy Pohutukawa Festival. Get in quick to make sure you're in for three great weekends of Coromandel cuisine, local music and some of NZ's best bands in stunning beach settings.

We have three food, wine and music filled days at:

Onemana (north of Whangamata), 26 Nov, Headlined by GREG JOHNSON

Greg returns from Los Angeles for a few pre-Christmas engagements and we are rapt to have him performing at one of New Zealand's best beach settings.

Thames Coast, 3 Dec, Headlined by THE BLACK SEEDS

>After two successful albums the Black Seeds are recognised as one of the country's best live acts. The eight piece Wellington band will be the perfect compliment to a cruisy seaside day enjoying some of the best cuisine the Coromandel has to offer.

Whitianga 10 Dec, Headlined by GOLDENHORSE

On the same spot as the sellout Scallop Festival we've got more food and wine stands and another iconic NZ band perfectly suited to another dreamy seaside location.

Tickets are $10 for each day. They will go fast and are limited so get in quick. Check out our website for ticket options www.pohutukawafestival.co.nz

CAN YOU HANDLE THE JANDAL?

You may have noticed that as well as our beloved Pohutukawa, the good old Kiwi Jandal features strongly in our advertising! Symbolising all that is good about NZ and summers by the beach we think it is a great link to the festival.

Gary McCormick, Ewen Gilmour and friends will be debating whether the Kiwi Jandal is still an important part of Kiwi fashion, or whether we have moved on. The topic - "Can you Handle The Jandal (on the Coromandel)" . Check them out in Coromandel town on Friday 25th Nov.

OTHER EVENTS

Over three weeks we have lots of other events like Art Trails, Open Water Swimming Races, Cafe Crawls, Art Exhibitions and Fun Runs. We'll be bringing you updates over the next six weeks.

For those with a more serious interest in Pohutukawa we have Project Crimson's Phillip Simpson on the Coromandel on the first weekend talking about his new book "Pohutukawa and Rata: New Zealand's iron hearted trees", which is about to be launched by Te Papa Press. We are also launching a new Coromandel Crimson Trail, taking in the best Pohutukawa lined drives, walks and hikes in the area.

ACCOMMODATION

For those outside the area you might also want to think about booking accommodation for the events you are planning to attend as rooms will fill quickly.

All the Best - get out there and enjoy those longer days - summer is just around the corner!

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