The Coromandel is a creative haven for many, and what better time than winter to wander into an Aladdin's cave of creativity at one of several local art galleries across the region. With time and without crowds, discover what truly moves you. Enjoy painting, sculpture and other artworks created by the region’s talented artists and craftspeople. Take in a craft fair or a homegrown arts festival, or be delighted by one of many performing arts events happening throughout The Coromandel.
The Little Gallery showcases fine art, jewellery and sculpture from established Coromandel artists. The gallery showcases artworks by leading and award winning Coromandel and New Zealand artists at two premises located in Tairua and Whangamata. A trip to Hot Water Beach is not complete without a wander around the sculpture garden and art and design gallery; Moko Artspace, showcasing over 150 New Zealand contemporary artists. Heading north on your Coromandel arts trail, stop in at Mosaic Gallery and Bread and Buttery Gallery in Whitianga, then visit Hauraki House Gallery at Coromandel Town. Run by the Coromandel Community Arts Council, this gallery features exhibitions by artists and craftspeople from The Coromandel and New Zealand before calling in to visit Bounty Store, Carsons Gallery and ArohArt in Thames.
Trails & Fairs
What better time than winter to take in the Coromandel Art and Craft Fair in Whitianga held annually in July. The one day fair hosted by Mercury Bay Art Escape showcases quality handmade Arts and Crafts produced in The Coromandel. It offers an excellent opportunity to meet with local artisans and artists. To make a weekend of it, take yourself on a self-guided arts tour and visit local artists at work in their Coromandel studios.
Another wonderful winter weekend opportunity for Fibre Art fans is the September Fibre Frolic in Whangamata. Fibre Frolic Whangamata, is run by the Whangamata Spinners and Weavers club members who will exhibit, demonstrate and share their skills and passion for fibre arts and crafts. Discover many ways to weave, view needle felting, paper making, giant knitting, painting on silk, flax weaving, crochet, wool blending and colouring and more.
Festivals and Performing Arts
A taste of culture is good for the soul and none more so than Illume, Coromandel’s winter festival of light held in Coromandel Town in July. Illume is afree family festival, with live music, projections, street performers, lights, great food, fun and laughter. Celebrating light, story and wonder, it is guaranteed to brighten up your winter and makes for an enchanting winter weekend getaway.
For live theatre, music and stage shows, expect to be entertained in towns all over the region during the winter months, with local drama groups such as the Tairua Troubadours, Coromandel
Players and Offbeat Theatre Co (Whitianga) performing shows and musicals. Creative Mercury Bay delivers an exciting year-round theatre and music programme, collaborating with Arts on Tour NZ to bring well known quality acts to the region.
Workshops and Classes
If you like to take advantage of winter to visit The Coromandel and learn a new creative skill, there are ample opportunities to do so. Seek out Photography Workshops in Kuaotunu, Flax Weaving Workshops in Whenuakite and Pottery Classes in Thames.
Visit www.creativecoromandel.co.nz for all the arts events and activities happening throughout The Coromandel.