Iconic Events in The Coromandel

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The Coromandel Iconic Events

The Coromandel region is host to numerous events throughout the year. Plan ahead to book accommodation for these annual events that have become iconic in The Coromandel Events Calendar. Check out the lineup of annual events below.

A full list of events throughout The Coromandel can be found here.


Keltic Fair    
One of New Zealand’s most successful fairs and the highlight of The Coromandel holiday season. Enjoy a full day of entertainment, kids rides, food & a world of arts, crafts and great value shopping all in Coromandel Town.

Tairua Wine and Food Festival
A huge celebration of food, wine, arts and crafts. The Tairua Wine and Food Festival is a ritual amongst holidaymakers in the Tairua and Pauanui area.

Concert in the Vines
If you're looking for a relaxing day in the sun with a picnic and some of The Coromandel's favourite wine & cuisine, make sure you don't miss out.


Highland Games & Tattoo
The Sounds & Soul of Scotland returns to Paeroa for the annual Highland Games! Whether there’s a bit of Scot in you or not, this is a great day of entertainment in the picturesque Paeroa Domain.

Leadfoot Festival
The Leadfoot Festival is a unique weekend bringing together a mix of classic cars, vintage motorcycles and motorsport legends. Limited tickets will be offered to the general public with an invitation to Rod Millen’s private grounds at Leadfoot Ranch.

Brits at the Beach
Brits at the Beach is a three day celebration of all things British, including cars, bikes, food, fashion, music, culture, dance, planes and loads more...


Thames Heritage Week
Focusing on yesteryear with a lineup of events for all. A week of old fashion fun for the whole family.

Mercury Bay Art Escape
The Mercury Bay Art Escape is a self-drive tour of artists’ studios and galleries in the beautiful Tairua - Mercury Bay area of The Coromandel.

Whangamata Beach Hop
Held in the popular seaside holiday resort of Whangamata, the five day festival celebrates the music, culture, fashion, music, hot rods, motorbikes, dancing, dragsters and scooters of this golden era.

Surf 2 Firth Marathon
The Surf 2 Firth Bush marathon has been described as the most technically challenging marathon in New Zealand and gives runners the opportunity to run from one side of The Coromandel to the other.



Echo Walking Festival
The Echo Walking Festival is about experiencing the fantastic walks that The Coromandel and Kaimai Ranges have to offer, with experienced guides.

The Great Kauri Run
This off road run takes competitors from Waikawau Farm Park, up and along the Central divide and into the township of Coromandel Town

Colville Connection
‘Le’Originale’ - Coromandel’s original mountain bike event; circumnavigates the northernmost tip of The Coromandel.

The Nugget Multisport Festival
The Nugget Multisport event will take you on an unforgettable adventure from the coast at Waihi Beach to the rim of the mighty Martha Mine and the spectacular finish line in Waihi.

Coromandel Arts Tour
For two weekends in April, over 30 artists from around Coromandel Town will open their studios and invite you in. 


The Blast Waihi
Awesome off-road courses will appeal to those who like to get dirty on the weekend. There are short and long options for all levels of fitness and ability.


The Bounty Hunter
Get your fishing gear ready in the winter to catch the big game around The Coromandel for a chance to win cash prizes.

Illume: Winter Festival of Light
Come and celebrate Coromandel Town’s Winter Wonderland at the annual Winter Light Festival.


Coromandel Classic
A two-day multisport challenge traversing both coasts of the central Coromandel, including mountain and road biking, trail running and kayaking.


Paeroa Antiques
Revisit the days of old in a town that is renowned for being world famous in New Zealand.

Whitianga Scallop Festival
The Whitianga Scallop Festival, New Zealand’s best seafood festival, showcases a collection of the finest seafood, scenery and sounds New Zealand can muster into one venue.

Whangamata Run Walk Festival
A popular event with a great range of distances, all based out of one of New Zealand’s favourite seaside destinations.


Waihi Gold Fest
Waihi Gold Fest is an institution in Waihi; a month long programme of workshops and entertainment with something to suit everyone.

Ngatea Garage Sale    
"New Zealand’s Biggest Garage Sale”, this event is held annually, on the Saturday before Labour Weekend.

Xterra Trail Run Karangahake
Big on fun, in a casual, low-key environment, the Xterra Challenge is open to off-road trail running enthusiasts of all ages, abilities and levels of keenness! You’ll have a blast!


K2 Cycle Race
K2 is the toughest one day cycle challenge in the Southern Hemisphere. A scenic ride travelling through sub tropical forest, pacific coastlines, rural farmland and Pohutukawa coastline.

Coromandel Dive Festival
Come and explore the underwater world of the Mercury Bay, the Mercury Islands and Te Whanganui-A-Hei Marine Reserve; a weekend full of underwater activities.

Steampunk The Thames 
Steampunk The Thames is a festival to celebrate Thames’ own blend of art, heritage and culture; inspire and stimulate local talent; showcase local art and creativity and attract visitors to town to join us in having a rollicking good time.


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