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.
2022 Calendar Events
Macpac XTERRA Auckland is a series of 6 trail running/walking events within an hour of the Auckland CBD between May and September. This series is for anyone who likes to keep fit and be held accountable over the winter months and is all about getting you onto the best trails. You can choose to come along to 1 event, 6 events or any number in between – whatever works for you. Head to the website for locations, dates and entry.
Each Auckland XTERRA Series event offers four distance options:
Short (5 - 8km) Run or Walk
Mid (10 - 14km) Run or Walk
Long (16 - 20km) Run Only
Super Long (20km+) Run OnlyFIND OUT MORE
With three events monthly from July – September, the Run Taupō Trail Series will keep you fit and active all winter long on some of the best trails in the Taupō region. Cougar Trail Run (Saturday 9 July), Craters Trail Run (Sunday 21 August), Kinloch Offroad Challenge (Saturday 10 September).
Choose your series distance:
Short walk/run (from 5km to 8km)
Mid walk/run (from 10km to 14km)
Long walk/run (21km)
2x Long (21km) + 1x Super Long (Marathon) walk/run
An evening of music at the House With No Nails. BYO refreshments, nibbles and camp chairs. 7pm mix and mingle. Music from 8pm. Tickets $25 - call Jen to pre-book. Phone 021032176FIND OUT MORE
6 towns, 5 start lines, 1 finish line, 140km off road, and 1 day of flat out fun if you’re ready to take part in the 2022 Trail Trilogy. With something for everyone, this super event takes place on the Hauraki Rail Trail on Sunday 11 September 2022. There are five events, a 9k fun run, Half Marathon, Marathon, 55k Intro Ultra, and 100k Ultra Marathon, which utilise the entire length of the rail trail.FIND OUT MORE
Head along to the Housewithnonails for an evening of live music with Broken Lexicon. 7pm mix and mingle. Music from 8pm. $25.00 cash at the door. Call Jen to pre book on 021 032 176FIND OUT MORE
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.FIND OUT MORE
60km of good old fashion single trail through absolutely stunning native bush, in the Hunua Ranges! This promises to be a very special event with very limited numbers. You’ll want to add this one to your trail running calendar.FIND OUT MORE
The Thames Steampunk Festival rocks our region’s biggest town, attracting people from all over New Zealand, as well as steampunk enthusiasts from around the world, many of whom book their visit years in advance. Steampunk combines creativity, Victoriana, and reimagined technology. It’s fantasy, it’s fun and the outfits are outrageous. The Coromandel is 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.FIND OUT MORE
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.
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!FIND OUT MORE
Established in 2000. Beach Hop has brought hundreds of thousands of New Zealanders together for an annual rock and roll festival. This event is held in the beautiful seaside resort of Whangamata on the Coromandel Peninsula.FIND OUT MORE
If you love to run, this running festival is not to be missed. There are 2k, 5k, 10k and 21k options to choose from in a magnificent setting. The day includes entertainment, unique race medals, food trucks, live auction, and spot/category prizes. Visit love2run.co.nz to register.FIND OUT MORE
** 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
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.FIND OUT MORE
The Tairua School Wine & Food Festival is a major event for our local community and an important fundraiser for our school. The upcoming festival boasts an array of exciting new aspects along with the usual favourites, with a big focus on celebrating all things local to the Coromandel. Visitors to our festival will experience a delicious offering of food and beverages including several New Zealand craft selections.FIND OUT MORE
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
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.
t’s time to dust off the dancing shoes, start tuning up your best singing voice and get your plans underway for one of New Zealand’s biggest concert draw cards of the summer, with the team at Greenstone Entertainment bringing back the much sought-after Summer Concert Tour for 2023. Following on from the first show in Taupo, the Greenstone Entertainment Summer Concert Tour visits Whitianga on the beautiful Coromandel. A large open area and embankments for those who like a more casual atmosphere provides ample options for all tastes. Grab some accommodation, book a bus ticket from wherever you will be, this summer will be as good as ever.FIND OUT MORE
The Annual Paeroa Highland Games & Tattoo will be held on Saturday 11th February 2023 at the Paeroa Domain. 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.FIND OUT MORE
The Mito Q K2 is possibly the toughest one day cycle challenge in the Southern Hemisphere. It is also one of the most scenic and varied with the route travelling through sub tropical forest, pacific coastlines, rural farmland and the Pohutukawa coastline of the Hauraki Gulf.
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.FIND OUT MORE