november 2019

K2 Cycle Race

Saturday 2nd November 2019

Starts and Finishes in Thames

The K2 is the toughest one day cycle challenge in the Southern Hemisphere. It is also one of the most scenic and varied as it circumnavigates The Coromandel.

Every year the event starts in a different town, Thames in 2019, circumnavigating The Coromandel. The 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.

There is a range of different options for all aspirations, with the full 200km solo race probably the toughest one-day road cycle race in the Southern hemisphere!

 There are five races this year, each starting in a different pace to finish in Thames: the 200km K2, the 100km K1, 50km Nicholas Browne Challenge, the mighty K4 (two 200km laps, held every 4 years), and new in 2018 the DirtyK north of Coromandel Town (postponed 2019).

To enter or for more information, visit our website.

Steampunk The Thames

Thursday 7th November - Sunday 10th November 2019



The fifth 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.

The Thames Steampunk Festival rocks our region’s biggest town every November.

The event attracts people from all over New Zealand, as well as steampunk enthusiasts from around the world, many of whom book their visit years in advance.

The festival programme includes steampunk balls, dinners and burlesque, as well as exhibitions and concerts. Many events are family-friendly and free.

Likewise, there are more and more steampunk events happening in Thames outside the main festival period.

Steampunk combines creativity, Victoriana, and reimagined technology. It’s fantasy, it’s fun and the outfits are outrageous.  

The Coromandel’s known for its local arts and crafts, and with Thames’ goldmining history, it’s the perfect spot to celebrate this raucous blend of history, technology and creativity.

Check out the programme on our website!


Saturday 9th November 2019


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This Annual event is about showcasing everything beautiful about our little town of Tairua. The Half Marathon / 10km & 5km courses cover the picturesque landscapes of Tairua. This year we are raising money for Stage 4 of the Pauanui/Tairua Trail.

Tairua Trail & Tides includes 5km (Between the peaks) / 10km (Single Peak) & 21km (Twin Peaks) courses.

All distances have running & walking options. Whether you are a serious competitor, or just want a weekend away with friends & family this event has something for everyone.

Call us on 021 026 78749 or email us at For more information on the courses or to register, simply click on the buttons below!

XTERRA Trail Challenge Waihi

Saturday 16th November 2019

Dicky Flat Campground - Waihi


The XTERRA Trail Challenge Waihi is a trail running/walking event in the historic Karangahake Gorge - breath-taking riverside trails alongside the natural gorge, historic railway tracks (complete with tunnels!) and all wrapped up in native bush makes for some of the best off road trails in the country!

The XTERRA Trail Challenge is the culmination of the popular Auckland XTERRA Trail Run / Walk series, a series of 6 events that have been held May - Sep this year in some of the best off-road locations in and around the greater Auckland region. The XTERRA Trail Challenge Waihi is open to off-road enthusiasts of all ages and abilities; regardless if you’re tall, short, young, wise, a rabbit or a tortoise there is a distance option to satisfy your trail appetite.

  • Trail Tigers!

  • Short 8.2km Run/Walk

  • Mid 13km Run/Walk

  • Long 20.5km Run/Walk

  • Super Long Marathon 43.5km Run Only

There's always some challenging but achievable terrain to tame while you're out there, and there will ALWAYS be a cold SPEIGHT's for you when you get to the finish! Visit our website for more information.