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What's on in the Coromandel ?

What's on in the Coromandel ?

Sunday 28 January 2018

Whitianga Waterways Arena (Auckland Anniversary Weekend)

Unprecedented demand for George Thorogood & The Destroyers, Alanis Morissette and Colin Hay of Men At Work fame.

All 15,000 tickets for next year’s Taupo Summer Concert have sold out in record time after Greenstone Entertainment announced the annual Summer Concert Tour line up last week for their three date national tour in January 2018.
Show organisers have been blown away by the popularity for next year’s artists, which will feature George Thorogood & The Destroyers, Alanis Morissette and Colin Hay of Men At Work fame, who will be rocking concert goers in Queenstown, Taupo and Whitianga in late January.

Tickets are also in high demand for the Queenstown and Whitianga concerts and Greenstone Entertainment CEO, Amanda Calvert comments “In its 7 year history, this is the first time we have experienced a sell out for one of our shows only 1 week after announcement. It certainly shows our fans love not just the amazing line up of acts we strive to deliver each year, but also the unique afternoon atmosphere and idyllic holiday locations around the country where we’re blessed to hold the concerts. We want to thank everyone for their ongoing support and encourage those still needing tickets for the Queenstown or Whitianga show to secure them before they too sell out.”

If you’re in the Coromandel, there are also a limited amount of local tickets available for each concert for only $89 plus booking fee.

The local tickets outlets are:
Whitianga:i-site Whitianga, Pauanui Info Centre, Info Plus Whangamata

For further ticket information see

The Shotover, 150 Year Souvenir

Saturday 12 August 2017

Will be launched at Carson’s Bookshop in Thames at 10.30am - exactly 150 years to the day since the first payable gold was found on the Thames Goldfield. Written by Angela Curtis, The Shotover is about four men who made their fortune from a serendipitous discovery of gold hidden behind the moss of a 20-foot waterfall. They called it ‘The Shotover’. The claim was so rich it yielded quartz half its weight in gold until eventually, they weighed it in tons. Meet the author and hear an excerpt of her book.

Gold fever year is underway, this weekend there is the launch of The Shotover, written by Angela Curtis.

For the full calendar of events check the online calendar of events here.

Public Meeting

Sunday 13 August 2017, 2.00pm

Whangamata Memorial Hall

There will be a public meeting to discuss a proposed Community Facility at 101 Lindsay Road, Whangamata.

See for more information.

Whangamata Summer Festival

19 - 20 August 2017

The Whangamata Summer Festival Committee is excited to bring their inaugural Whangamata UN-Summer Opera Festival to the Whangamata Golf Club.

Starring: Ian Campbell's Garden Opera Company from Hamilton.

Early-bird Tickets $135 per person (after 4 August $160 pp)

Tickets include both shows 19 and 20 August:

• Saturday evening Opera show (formal)

• Supper and one drink

• Charity auctions on the night

• 10am Sunday brunch buffet with a side of Opera (casual)

• Tea and coffee included

• Meet the Stars

• Raffle Draw

Table bookings available for an extra $10 per table.

For more information see, phone 021 704 759 or email

Meet and greet our local Politicians

Wednesday 23 August 5:30pm – 7:00pm

The Grahamstown Bar and Diner (GBD), 700 Pollen St, Thames.

Free entry, happy hour beer and wine with free nibbles.

Come and meet our local politicians who will also give a presententation.

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

Gold 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 see

Kiwi avoidance training

Free kiwi avoidance training is offered by the Department of Conservation in our district to help reduce the amount of Kiwi killed by dogs every year.

• 6 September - Kuaotunu

• 16 September -Thames

Training takes around 15mins per dog.

Phone 07 867 9080 to book or see for more information.

Saturday 9 September

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

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

Creative Waikato

28 September - Thames Civic Centre, 200 Mary St, Thames

Creative Waikato are back in Thames in 28 September for the final of the Artillery Creative Development workshops with Great Governance for your Arts Group.

Who is the workshop for?
Organisations (visual, performing arts, music, literary, theatre etc), arts collectives, Arts Councils, CCS recipients, new and experienced groups, Māori groups and artists.

What you’ll learn in the workshop:
Is your organisation a charitable trust or incorporated society? Looking to set one up or join one? This workshop is just for you. Great governance can make all the difference for an organisation.
Learn and apply the essentials of good governance, work through the easy to use reference manual of all the essentials of good governance practice.

Additional Creative Communities Scheme monies are linked to Artillery workshop participation.

Registrations are essential - go to www.creativewaikato/ to register or for further details.

Thames Market:

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

Head down to the Thames Market this weekend. There is a lot happening in Thames for Heritage this weekend, see Thames Heritage Festival or for more.

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.

Toddler Time: Wednesdays at 10am at Mercury Bay Library and Thursdays at 9:30am at Thames Library.

Mums and Bubs: every Wednesday, 10amat 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).

Discover your family history with local members of the New Zealand Society of Genealogists: third Tuesday of each month from 2pm onward the NZSG take over the Mercury Bay Library to help you discover your family history. The next session will be Tuesday 18th July. Drop in, or phone the library to book a one-on-one slot.

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 31 August, so get stamping!

Book Bingo: Fun for Grown-ups - Thursday 20 July to Thursday 31 August. Registrations are now open with a launch on Thursday 20th July at 10.30am at Thames, Mercury Bay and Tairua Libraries. There will be weekly meetings reviewing and discussing books and there will also be time for a cuppa and biscuits. There will also be a major prize draw at the end of the programme. For further information click here.

Brits at the Beach

6 - 8 October 2017

Brits at the Beach is a celebration of all things British, held in Whangamata. The event Includes a car and bike show, whiskey dinner, village fete, live concerts, organized drives and much more.

Further information can be found on their website


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