April 2019

ECHO Walking Festival - Thames

Saturday 6th April - Sunday 28th April 2019

Various Locations around The Coromandel


Follow winding tracks through spectacular scenery and amazing views. Explore our backyard and learn about our local history. Hike across hills, discover pools and waterfalls, get a bit of exercise and enjoy our local bush and beach.

From an hour's walk to full day tramps, there's something for everyone and every fitness level.

Check out the full programme and walk details on the ECHO Walking Festival Website Through the Festival, we want to encourage all New Zealanders to enjoy the beautiful outdoors, to appreciate the attractions of our region, and to keep fit and active. This years’ festival has over 50 guided walks from beginner level to full day/overnight adventures and also includes a four peak challenge plus stunning waterfall trails, glow worm walks, gold mining relics and night walks.

A Taste of Matarangi

Saturday 6th April 2019 10am – 4.30pm

The Village Green, Kenwood Drive, Matarangi


Matarangi’s own food, wine and music festival by the beach will hold it’s seventh annual event at the village green, presenting a cracking day out for young and old alike and providing a great day of entertainment.

As well as being a community fundraising event supporting local charities the festival features locally brewed beer, wine, mouth-watering food stalls, cook-off competitions, children’s entertainment, auctions and raffles. Come and join us where A Taste of Matarangi has established itself as one of the Peninsula’s most popular event on the calendar.

Ticket Prices

  • Adult: $20.00

  • Family (2 adults & 2 children): $40.00

  • Children (5-17yrs): $5.00

  • Under 5yrs Free

    Visit their website for more information or to purchase your tickets, click on the button below.

Long Exposure Masterclass Workshop

Sunday 14th April 2019 9.30am – 5pm

Hahei Beach, Hahei Beach Rd


Based at Hahei, on the beautiful Coromandel Peninsula, this location offers the perfect place for long exposure photography, wild coastlines, waterfalls and classic jetties.

Join Richard Young and Ken Wright on a four-day long exposure photography workshop showcasing the best of the Coromandels coastal scenery. Long exposure photography requires the use of Neutral Density (ND) filters to enable longer shutter speeds, which can capture the beautiful and often surprising effects of movement in the water and clouds.

Capturing images like this requires good technique. By joining this workshop, you’ll be guided advance use of in ND filters along with HDR techniques, and in the process learn how to take compelling coastal photographs.

The workshop concludes with a processing session and printing a 17x22" fine art print of one of your images using the latest Epson SC-P800 printer. We will also have a number of Benro Long Exposure filters kits along with Nikon cameras & lenses available for shared use during the workshop to help you capture some stunning coastal photographs.

Topics covered: 
- Long exposure photography 
- Black & white fine art photography 
- HDR photography

Price includes: 
- Tuition, Ken Wright & Richard Young 
- Boat charter in the Coromandel 
- 3 nights twin hotel accommodation at the Duke of Marlborough Hotel (single upgrade available) 
- 3 cooked breakfasts at the Duke of Marlborough Hotel 
- Copy of Pocket Guide to Landscape Photography 
- Notecards on workshop topics 
- 17 x 22" inch Fine Art Print from the Epson SC-P800 
- Use of Benro Long Exposure filters kits 
- Trial of Nikon bodys & lenses 
- Transport during the tour 
- Auckland pickup/dropoff 
- DOC concession fees

For more information, head to their website or call 021 084 57322. To book in for this workshop, call the above number or click on the button below.

Ice Skate Tour - Pauanui

Thursday 25th April – Sunday 28th April 2019

Pauanui Sports and Recreation Club, 31 Sheppard Ave, Pauanui


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. They look like ice and have 97% same gliding capacity as natural ice. Surrounded by an inflatable boarding and helmets + gloves provided at no charge (both compulsory for kids) it’s the safest possible way to try ice skating.

Prices are $8 for kids under 16, $12 for adults and $35 for a family (2 kids + 2 adults or 3 kids + 12 adult) which includes ice skates, helmet, gloves and at least half an hour ice skating (longer if capacity allows).

Fun(d)raiser for Pauanui Preschool!

You can also book the ice rink for your church, scout group etc in the evenings during the week! 

Friday night the 26th "The Pauanui Curling Cup" 6pm onwards.

Enter your team (adults only) for a great night out on Facebook.