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.
2018 Calendar Events
Mid winter is here, Matariki is rising and Protect Karangahake invite you to join them in celebrating their campaign to protect Mt Karangahake from gold mining.
Start off with crafty fun, creating lanterns, face painting and music, then head off on a dusk candlelit hikoi (walk), returning for some tasty soup and snacks at the hall. This is about fun, creativity and growing the resistance to New Talisman Gold Mine’s presence on Mt Karangahake.
Protect Karangaheke brings the craft supplies and kai, all you need to bring is your family and friends!
The Paeora 24 Fit Club is holding a 24hr charity run, held at Paeroa College. This run is being held to show support for Kuila, a 20yr old Paeroa girl with acute lymphoblastic leukemia.
Enter as a Team or Individual and support a worthy cause. Donations are welcome and can be dropped to the event organisers collection bucket.
The Whitianga Scallop Festival is a celebration of Whitianga seafood and marine heritage, held annually in September. Now in its thirteenth year, the event has grown into one of New Zealand’s iconic seafood celebrations. The concept of the event is simple – Scallops cooked in a myriad of different ways by talented national chefs, restaurants and community groups and matched with quality entertainment including live bands, seafood cooking classes and demonstrations. The event is held inside a purpose built village of marquees over one day, with local venues and café’s staging a program of events and theme nights in the four fringing days. Pre-purchase of tickets is advisable. Check out the website or ph 021 405 222 for further information.FIND OUT MORE
The Trail Trilogy on the Hauraki Rail Trail on Sunday, 16 September 2018 with five events using the entire length of the rail trail.
The format covers every common race distance from 10k through to 100k and caters for individual runners, teams and individual walkers. There are 5 events, and a new Race The Train run, all starting at different locations, and all finishing at Waihi’s historic train station.
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
The Aroha Cruise In is a celebration of classic cars, bike and hot rods. Organised by the Te Aroha Business Association, this is one of the Premiere car and bike events in New Zealand, held in the historic Spa Town of Te Aroha in the Waikato. Gold Coin entry for Public, Vehicle registration essential. Please see our website for more info.FIND OUT MORE
New Zealand’s biggest annual Garage sale where thousands of ‘out-of-towners’ flocked to Ngatea to find a bargain.FIND OUT MORE
Held at the Waikino Hall, SH2, Waikino, ART Waikino is now recognised as a major art exhibition on the Coromandel Peninsula - paintings, craft, photography and sculpture. All proceeds to the upkeep of the community hall, with all artwork for sale. Organised by the Waikino Victoria Hall Committee. Wine and Cheese opening Friday 20th October at the Hall.FIND OUT MORE
The Flight Centre 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 traveling through sub tropical forest, pacific coastlines, rural farmland and the Pohutukawa coastline of the Hauraki Gulf. This next race marks the 16th anniversary of the Flight Centre K2 and the race will start in Whitianga and travel in an anticlockwise direction through Coromandel, Thames, Tairua and back to Whitianga.FIND OUT MORE
The 7th Annual Paeroa Christmas Lights Show will be held at the Historical Maritime Park and Museum from Saturday 9 December to Christmas Eve, Sunday 24 December 2017 – 8.30.pm – 11pm every night. Entry closes at 10pm. Entrance prices: Pre school $2 - School children $5 - Adults $15
Multiple nights of free entertainment as well as Fusion’s free kid’s holiday programme and family competitions. Plus a night market followed by a huge annual Craft Market day. Whangamata is the place to be this summer! The Whangamata Summer Festival is run by a not for profit community group who fundraise all year round in order to provide a focus for youth, young families, locals, holidaymakers and the elderly, by staging night time concerts, volleyball competitions, ice cream eating competitions, a kid’s holiday programme, a night market and a huge craft market day.FIND OUT MORE
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
Come and enjoy our annual market day on the Onemana Beach Reserve. Food and Craft, free face painting and beach dig.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.
The 25th Annual Paeroa Highland Games & Tattoo will be held on Saturday 10th February 2018 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. This celebration of Scottish culture is attracting interest throughout New Zealand as well as internationally.FIND OUT MORE
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.FIND OUT MORE
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
Through the Festival, we want to encourage all New Zealanders to enjoy the beautiful outdoors, to appreciate the attractions of our region, and to keep fit and active. Walks are in the area surrounding Waihi.FIND OUT MORE
Waihi and Waihi Beach in the southern Coromandel are the impressive setting for the spectacular Nugget Multisport Festival. You’ll take an unforgettable adventure from Waihi’s charming town centre out to the spectacular harbour and coast at Waihi Beach, before returning to Waihi via breathtaking trails to the rim of the mighty Martha gold mine and our iconic finish line under the shadow of the Cornish Pumphouse.
Along the way you’ll ride through quiet country roads, paddle the beautiful harbour and run along remote rocky coastlines and clifftops to hidden beaches. After ‘the hill’ you’ll mountain bike through rolling farmland and stunning singletrack before your final run inside the mighty Martha Mine open pit.