December 2018

Donavon Frankenreiter

Saturday 1st December 2018 - 7pm

Coroglen Tavern


Pro-surfer and Jack Johnson's long-time friend and collaborator, Donovan Frankenreiter will be heading to Coroglen Tavern this Dec!  Known for iconic hits 'Free' and 'If It Don't Matter' the Californian native will bring summer vibes down-under this Spring. Tickets available at the Coroglen Tavern online at TICKETMASTER.

Printmaking Through the Eyes of a Painter with Paula McNeill

Saturday 1st December 2018 - 4 till 6pm

The Little Gallery Whangamata


Join us at The Little Gallery in Whangamata for an up-close and personal demonstration in collograph printmaking with award-winning Coromandel artist, Paula McNeill!

Residing in Tairua, Paula is highly regarded for her innovative, experimental approach to abstract and mixed media art. Influenced by modern European abstraction and expressionism, Paula's work examines ways through which sensation, emotion and narrative can be translated through painting.

More recently Paula's involvement with the Coromandel printmaking collective 'Printmakers Combined' has further evolved her practice, exploring new ways the print medium can challenge and enhance her ongoing investigations into abstraction and mark-making.

In 'Printmaking Through the Eyes of a Painter' Paula will perform a live demonstration of the process of collograph printmaking: a collage printing technique that encompasses both relief printing methods, such as woodcut and linocut, as well as intaglio processes, including etching and drypoint printing. Operating on the basis of collage, this process enables the artist a tremendous scope for experimentation, giving rise to the creation of unique and richly layered, textural works.

Enjoy a glass of wine and nibbles and learn the ins and outs of this exciting printmaking technique with one of our most popular artists. All are welcome!

For more information, call 07 865 6922.

Christmas Craft Fair

Wednesday 5th December 2018 - 9.30am till 2.30pm

Tararu Retirement Village Community Centre - Thames

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This is an annual event held in the Tararu Retirement Village Community Centre and is open from 9.30am until 2.30pm. Refreshments including sausage sizzle, tea and coffee are all free. It is an opportunity for residents and folks in the community to browse, buy, chat and generally enjoy themselves. No pressure!! You can find us at 109 Wilson Street, Thames. We look forward to seeing you on the day.

Whitianga Santa Parade

Saturday 8th December 2018 - To be confirmed

Albert Street Whitianga


Pencil this date into your diary and come and join in some xmas fun at the Whitianga Kiwi Xmas Santa Parade. Join Santa at the Santa Parade and see all of the great local xmas floats. Family Fun and entertainment for all ages.

The parade starts at Lyon Park Rugby Grounds, travels along Albert Street to Buffalo Beach, along The Esplanade and finishes at Taylor's Mistake car park area. At the end of the parade the winning float will be awarded.

For more information, call or text Fiona on 021 299 5506. Visit their website for up to date information and confirmed date for the event!

Thames Christmas Wonderland

Monday 10th December - Monday 24th December 2018

Thames Mainstreet


Get into the Christmas spirit with Thames' own Main Street Christmas display - a combination of light and static display. Walk Pollen street and enjoy the different light displays in shop windows.

Christmas In Tairua

Christmas Day - Tuesday 25th December 2018

Tairua Community Hall

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Are you travelling or spending Christmas Day by yourself? Elim invites you to join them at the Tairua Community Hall (next to the one way bridge) for Christmas Lunch! Everybody is welcome. Christmas Service starts at 9am with lunch from 12.30 - 2pm. Transport is available.

Call 07 864 8762 for more information.


Wednesday 26th December 2018

Coroglen tavern


Kiwi rockers Blindspott announce ‘Reunion Tour’ Devilskin as special guests Rock legends Blindspott have made it official! They’re reforming for a 10-year Reunion Tour this summer, and they’re taking the mighty Devilskin along for the madness. Blindspott sent New Zealanders into a frenzy in August, when The Rock announced that the multi-platinum selling band was getting back together for a one-off show in celebration of The Rock 1500 countdown. But now due to popular demand, Blindspott are hitting the road for a string of shows and will be at the Coroglen Tavern Wednesday 26th December 2018.

18 hole - 3 Person Ambrose Golf Tournament



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Round up your 3 person team and come along to Tairua Golf & Country Club for the Sky Mason Developments and Azimuth Estate Sponsored, 18 hole - 3 Person Ambrose Golf Tournament. Playing for Bill Brewster Trophy. This event is for affiliated players only.

Two Tee start between 9.00am-11am and entry is $30 per person (includes light lunch). Entries to be forwarded to or phone 07 864 8416 or sign up on entry sheet in Club House.

Pauanui Colour Chase

Thursday 27th December 2018

Kennedy Park Pauanui


Pauanui is hosting the Inaugural Colour Chase at Kennedy Park! Test your skills on the obstacle course and get colour bombed in the process. Come along for a great family friendly day. The event starts at 11am with prizegiving at 3pm at the Pauanui Club.

Categories are: 5 - 10 years, 11 - 16 years, 17 & over and family.

Price is $20 per individual or $65 for a family of four (2 adults & 2 children).

For more information, pop to their Facebook page.

Whangamata Summer Festival Craft Markets

Thursday 27th December - Friday 28th December 2018

Williamson Park, Whangamata


The Whangamata Summer Festival is run by a not for profit community group. They organise a night market on Dec. 27 and a huge craft market day on Dec. 28 at Williamson Park with a huge range of stalls and live local musicians. Fun Solutions inflatables will be on site to entertain the kids - of all ages!! The Summer Festival also help the Onemana Ratepayers Assn. by way of insurance & advertising for the Onemana Market Day on Dec. 29. Proceeds from their fundraising go into providing free community concerts. This year to be held at the Whangamata RSA. Details below.

The Summer Festival also sponsors local youth by way of their annual sponsorship of the Whangamata Area School Talent Quest, sponsorship of sporting and musical equipment and sponsoring camp fees for local youth in need.


December 27th 2018 - 4pm till 8pm @ Williamson Park

December 28th 2018 - 9am till 4pm @ Williamson Park

December 29th 2018 - 10am till 4pm @ Onemana Reserve


January 1st 2019 from 7.30pm - New Year's Day Opera @ Whangamata RSA

January 2nd 2019 from 5pm - Bringing Country to the Beach @ Whangamata RSA

Bar and kitchen open

Drax Project with Kings

Thursday 27th December 2018

Coroglen Tavern


One of New Zealand's hottest acts are hitting the road this summer. Fresh from touring the world, Drax Project will perform at Coroglen Tavern Thursday 27th December, over the holiday period. They will be joined by fellow Kiwi hitmaker Kings! This show will be HOT! So gather the crew. Tickets on sale soon via Ticketmaster.

Whangamata Summer Festival

Thursday 27th December 2018 - Wednesday 2nd January 2019

Williamson Park, Whangamata


The Whangamata Summer Festival is run by a not for profit community group who fundraise all year round in order to provide a focus for youth, young families, locals, holidaymakers and the elderly, by staging night time concerts, volleyball competitions, ice cream eating competitions, a kid's holiday programme, a night market and a huge craft market day. 


Dec 27th 2018 4pm - 8pm Williamson Park 

Dec 28th 2018 9am - 4pm Williamson Park

Dec 29th 2018 10am - 4pm Onemana Reserve

Free Concerts:

Jan 1st 2019 from 7.30pm - New Year's Day Opera, Whangamata RSA

Jan 2nd 2019 from 5pm - Bringing Country to the Beach, Whangamata RSA

Whanga Week

Thursday 27th December 2018 - Wednesday 2nd January 2019



A fun week of running, swimming and walking in various locations around Whangamata. Also featuring the annual Miss Whangamata.

Event Calendar:

Thursday 27th December 6.00PM - GJ Gardner 10km Run/5km Fun Run

Friday 28th December 11.00AM - Ocean Sports Club Classic Harbour Swim

Saturday 29th December - New Event TBA

Sunday 30th December 6.00PM - Whangamata Real Estate Pub to Club Run

Monday 31st December 9.00AM - Z Energy Fun Walk 

Monday 1st January 11.00AM - Stirling Sports Miracle Mile 

For more information, and contact details for the events, head to their website.


Friday 28th December 2018

Tairua Pauanui Sports Fishing Club

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Bring the kids along to this free event on the Tairua Wharf hosted by the Tairua Pauanui Sports Fishing Club! With lots of games and prizes, this is sure to be a great family day out!

Entry fee is only $2 and includes and free sausage sizzle, drink and lucky dip! Registration is at 8am with fishing from 9am - 12pm (weigh in at 12pm). Games from 1pm and prizegiving at 2pm.

Join us for a family friendly day out! For more information, call Connie on 029 827 6541 or see you on the day at 11 Tui Terrace, Tairua!

Gull Classic Fishing Competition Tairua

Saturday 29th December 2018

Tairua Pauanui Sports Fishing Club

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Tairua Pauanui Sports Fishing Clubs annual Gull Classic is an event not to be missed! Grab the boys and girls and head along to try your luck. Big prizes and also the Feed Dickson Cup are up for grabs! Categories are: Snapper 1st - 4th Heaviest, Kahawai 1st - 3rd Heaviest and Tarakihi 1st - 3rd Heaviest.

Entry is $30 (Members), $35 (Non Members) and $15 (Juniors Under 16). Registration is at the Tairua Pauanui Sports Fishing Club (11 Tui Terrace) from 5pm Friday 28th December. Lines in at 5.30am on Saturday 29th December and lines out at 4pm with weigh in between 4.30pm - 5.30pm. Prizegiving at 7pm on Saturday 29th December 2018 at the Tairua Pauanui Fishing Club.

For more information contact Damian on 027 309 3719 or email

The Great Outdoors & Bach Life Expo

Saturday 29th December 2018

Kennedy Park - Pauanui beach


The Great Outdoors & Bach Life Expo is the largest event of its kind on the Coromandel Peninsula in the busy summer months. 

The Expo brings together over 80 leading exhibitors showcasing the latest and greatest in marine, outdoors, sports, and leisure.  

There is also a great selection of food and amusements for the family - a great day out for everyone! 

Come and join us at Kennedy Park at Pauanui Beach! Pop to our website for more information..

Onemana Market Day

Saturday 29th December 2018

Onemana Beach Reserve


Come and enjoy our annual market day on the Onemana Beach Reserve. Food and Craft, free face painting and beach dig. 10am - 3pm! See you there!

Katchafire with L.A.B

Sunday 30th december 2018

Coroglen Tavern


Katchafire have created a universal vibe, crafting their sound from the foundations of classic roots reggae with an R’n’B and funk rub, fusing modern dancehall and with slinky pop, cool grooves and uplifting vibes. They're heading to the Coroglen Tavern with peninsula faves L.A.B Tickets on sale SOON. For more information, head to the Coroglen Tavern website.

Mercury Bay Emergency Services Summer Festival

Sunday 30th December 2018

Taylors Mistake - Whitianga


The Mercury Bay Emergency Services Summer Festival held in the heart of Whitianga to raise funds for local emergency services.

A great range of stalls for you to buy from to raise funds for local emergency services including: The Fire Service, Surf Life Saving, St John, Kuaotunu Land Search and Rescue, Coastguard and Civil Defence. 

A great range of activities for family and kids!

Tairua/Pauanui Fireworks Display

New Years Eve


Tairua and Pauanui put on an annual epic display of fireworks to celebrate the New Year! Both community's of Pauanui and Tairua can view the New Years Eve Fireworks display at midnight. Best viewing sites, Pauanui - Billy Point, Tairua - along the estuary reserve although the display is visible from most places!

Follow this event on their Facebook page!