Upcoming Events

Exciting and fun events are regularly happening on and near the Hauraki Rail Trail. Add to your cycle trail experience with an event of interest.

Featured Events


2021 Calendar Events

Our long-expected biggest party of the year is back again for 2021, celebrating the birthdays of Bilbo and Frodo here at Hobbiton Movie Set, home of the Hobbits.

Step into the enchanting village on a guided tour of the Shire™, where your guide will escort you through the twelve-acre set recounting fascinating details of how this location was transformed and the movie magic was made here.

A fully guided tour of Hobbiton Movie Set
Hobbit Southfarthing beverages on tap throughout the evening
Middle-earth wine range available
Interactive marketplace with games, music and entertainment
Supper and dessert served from The Green Dragon Inn and the Party Marquee
Best dressed, raffle and Hobbiton game prizes
An evening tour through the Shire


Goldfest is a yearly event that runs through October in and around Waihi featuring events and activities for all ages, from the young to the young at heart. Check out the website for more information.


With flat and fast riverside trails, glorious climbs up Mt Karangahake and pristine native bush, few locations can compete with the Karangahake Gorge for drama, intrigue, and natural beauty.

Join us for one of our favourite running and walking events. Immerse yourself in the area’s rich heritage as you run through old railway tunnels and past fascinating relics from the gold mining age. This is undoubtedly some of the best off road running in the country with 5 events to choose from.

Trail Tigers

Short 8.2km

Mid 13.4km

Long 20.5km

Super Long (Marathon) 42km Run Only

Please Note: ALL Courses (with the exception of the Trail Tigers) are required to carry a torch or headlamp with them for some dark tunnel fun! This is a compulsory requirement and participants will not be allowed to start without it.

As trail runners and nature lovers we’re keen to do our part to protect our beautiful planet and reduce the environmental impact of our events. As such XTERRA Trail Challenge Waihi is removing disposable cups from all aid stations. Please remember your reusable cup, hydration pack or water bottle to fill up!


Run by the Whangamata Surf Life Saving Club, Whanga Week is a fun filled week created by our Club Patron; Richard Scelly. It is a fundraising initiative that raises money for our Surf Club, and brings our community together through fun activities. Activities include 10km Run, Summer Festival Market Day in the park, Miss Whangamata, Classic Harbour Swim, Pub to Club Run, Whanga Fun Walk, Miracle Mile Beach Run, Surfboat Spectacular.


The Keltic Fair is one of New Zealands most successful fairs and the highlight of the Coromandel holiday season.
Over 300 stalls
Arts and Crafts
Yummy Food
Entertainment all day around
A full day of entertainment, kids rides, yummy food and a world of arts, crafts and great value fair shopping!
Entry $2 per person over 5 years old, all gate proceeds go to the Coromandel Area School.


What started out as a small Pipe Bands Competition has grown over the years, and today is a fully-fledged Highland Games, one of only seven such Scottish gatherings in New Zealand, and the only one in New Zealand to hold an Evening Tattoo.


In the Waihi CBD, roads will be closed and the streets filled with hundreds of classic cars and hot rods, people dancing and enjoying the atmosphere and lots dressing up for the occasion. Dozens of stalls will add to the glittering array of goods and products that the shops have on sale. It’s a fun day whether you’re into cars or not. There’ll be three bands playing through the day and plenty of food and refreshments through the cafes, restaurants and eateries, together with even more food stalls.


Rock and Roll Festival - Bands, Hotrods, Classic Cars and Caravans, Motorbikes, Nostalgia Fair, Hop Idol, Junkyard Fashion Show, Retro Pinup Show, Nostalgia Surf Fest. Fun for all ages.


** Classic Cover Insurance Nostalgia Fair
** Rock’n'Roll Church Service at the Baptist Church
** Nostalgia Surf Fest
** Top 10 Shoot Out
** Final Prize Giving
** Entrants Draw
** Live Music