The Peninsula Diary

The Peninsula Diaries are to advertise not for profit, charity, community and also family focused events across the Coromandel Peninsula.

To send us an event for the diary, please email, call us on (07) 901 0100, drop them up to us at 418, Pollen Street or to any Richardson's Real Estate Branch.

Paeroa A&P Show

The Paeroa A&P Show is at the Kerepehi Domain on Kaikahu Road on Saturday the 13th of January from 9am.  Gold coin entry.  Quality horse, cattle and goat competitions, trade stalls, car boot sales, food, carnival rides, vintage machinery plus so much more.  Like Paeroa A&P Show on Facebook today!

The Soundshell Summer Series

Waihi Beach’s Soundshell Summer Series from 4 till 7 at Pohutukawa Park, live music and food stalls, bring the whole family and a picnic blanket and enjoy the festive season.  Entry by donation with all proceeds going to refurbish the Soundshell.  Saturday the 3rd of February and Sunday the 18th of March!  


Paeroa Christmas Lights Display

ON NOW:  - Sunday 24th December, gates open 8.30pm
Paeroa Historic Maritime Park.  7 Sharp will be filming at the opening on Saturday the 9th of December, bring the whole family and friends and make this the biggest opening ever!


The Treasury

The Treasury have books for sale that make great Christmas/Birthday presents.  Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 11 till 3 at the Treasury offices.  True Tales Series and many other great titles.


Future Te Aroha

ON NOW:  It's time to create magical Christmas memories!  Come along to "Once Upon a Christmas" at Future Te Aroha!  Join in "The Toys Christmas" show.  Walk through the sparkling Christmas Tree Forest before entering the Enchanted Grotto.  Play in the Narnia wardrobe and wonder at the amazing Glow Room!  Once Upon a Christmas runs every weekday at 10am through till Tuesday 19th December!  At just $6 this is an exciting Christmas adventure that your children can't afford to miss!  Give Future Te Aroha a call on 07 884 9489 or look them up on facebook for more info!

Thames Christmas Wonderland 

ON NOW:  The Thames Christmas Wonderland proved extremely popular last year!  From the 11th to the 24th of December from 7pm till 10pm daily at the Thames Civic Centre.  $2 entry.  Proudly supported by KMG Design Signage @ Print, 0800 02775.



Mercury Bay Emergency Services Summer Festival is Saturday December the 30th from 9 till 4 on Taylor's Mistake, Whitianga.

Craft Markets

Whangamata Summer Festival presents Craft Markets with live entertainment. 

Twilight Market December the 27th from 4 till 8pm Williamson Park, Ocean Road.  Annual Market Day December the 28th from 9 tilll 4 Williamson Park, Ocean Road.  Onemana Market Day in association with the Onemana Ratepayer's Association December the 29th from 10 till 4 Onemana Reserve, Onemana Drive.

Waihi Beach Christmas in The Village

Waihi Beach Christmas in The Village is Friday the 22nd of December from 5 till 8:30pm with late night shopping at The Village on Wilson Road.  Meet Santa, festive food and drink, live music, giveaways, post a letter to santa, carols, shopping specials, face painting and more!


SPCA Thames

ON NOW:  SPCA Thames need Volunteers.  Their annual fundraising event is happening again this year. Can you help?  They need volunteers for 3 hour shifts at the Thames mall wrapping presents from the 15th of December until the 24th of December. If you have some time available and can help please give us a call. Your help would be really appreciated! PH 07 868 6830

Kauaeranga Visitor Centre's Summer Fun

The Kauaeranga Visitor Centre in Thames presents Summer Fun, a popular event programme that includes conservation talks and experiences, as well as recreational activities.  From the 2nd to the 31st of January. for more information.


Cooks Beach Summer Gala

Is the Whenuakite School Fundraiser on the 4th of January from 9 till 2 at Cooks Beach Reserve.  Taxi or walk from the Ferry.  Stalls, games, food, music, rides, raffles and more.  Win $1000 with the Cooks Beach Richardson's Real Estate Daisy Dung Drop.  Don't miss out, bring the whole familly!

Big Arts Day Out

Arts Collective Whangamata presents Big Arts Day Out 2018.  A creative showcase of exhibitions by the talented Arts Collective members.  Artworks will be for sale.  Gold Coin Entry.  Memorial Hall Port Road Friday the 5th and Saturday the 6th of January.  In conjunction with the Arts Collective/Harcourts Challenge and Harcourts Youth Awards.  Preceded by a preview wine and cheese evening on Thursday the 4th of January from 5:30 till 7:30pm.  Tickets for the evening will be available at Info Plus and Harcourts Whangamata.  

Thames Gold Rush Market Day

The Rotary Club of Thames presents the Thames Gold Rush Market Day on Tuesday the 9th of January Pollen Street between Sealy and Walter Streets from 7am to 4:30pm.  All money raised goes to the Thames Coast Guard.  To have a stall on the road e-mail or phone John Uffindell 07 868 9535 

Coro Art Exhibition

Coromandel Art Group's Annual Exhibition, 19th of January to the 6th of February 2018.  Hauraki House Gallery, 10 till 4, free entry.

Donate Blood

New Zealand Blood Foundation need your help.  Please donate in Waihi – Tues 9th January12pm-4.30pm, Memorial Hall Seddon St, Waihi.  Whangamata – Wed 10th January 8.30am-2pm, Memorial Hall, Port Rd, Whanagamata.  Whitianga – Thurs 11th January 8am-1pm, Town Hall, Monk St, Whitianga.  ​Please bring ID as it's essential.  Call 0800 GIVE BLOOD to book in an appointment or got to


Thames Wings and Wheels

The Hauraki Aeroclub & Thames Vintage, Classic Car Club invite you to join them for a Static Display Showcasing a variety of aircraft & vehicles from vintage up to the new electric and everything in between.  Saturday 27th January 2018 10am - 4pm.  Thames Airfield.  Music performed by Tim Armstrong & Band plus Crimson Coast.  Food stalls and fun for the whole family.  $5 per person $10 for the family.


Steam Punk the Thames

Steam Punk 2018 Calendars are available at Walter and Co Hairdressing in Pollen Street Thames $15 per Calendar.  Coromandel More FM's Michelle Shaw and Dave Erceg feature in June!  Get yours today.

Pukeko's Educare

Pukeko's Educare have a golden opportunity, they're giving a golden ticket for one child for a free year's free childcare.  Drawn Friday the 22nd of December.  One ticket per family only, terms and conditions apply.  Get your entry form from Pukeko's Educare Thames or Paeroa.


Plastic Bag Free Coromandel Town

Plastic Bag Free Coromandel Town's mission is  to create a plastic shopping-bag-free Coromandel Town. To help these events have been created... 8c Allman Drive Coromandel Town on Tuesdays from 1-3 pm until mid December. Come along and help make some re-usable shopping bags! Bring a sewing machine, scissors or an ironing board and iron. Or just come along and see what's happening. If you don't know how to sew you can be a great help cutting or ironing fabric! All welcome!  Fabric donations are also always welcome/needed! These can be left at Carolyn's Clothing and Haberdashery 18 Kapanga Road, Coromandel Town.


Thames Small Gauge Railway

Thames Small Gauge Railway would love to hear from anyone who is interested in joining them as a volunteer.  Phone Gordon Rutherfurd 07 868 9833.  


Thames Jockey Club

In celebration of 150 years of horseraces in Thames, the Thames Jockey Club's Race Meeting on the 4th of January 2018 will include their annual 'Fashions in the Field' plus a 'Heritage Fashions' Event.  Come along dressed in your best heritage fashions and be in to win prizes.  Celebrate in style at the Thames Jockey Club's 150 years Race Meeting.


Thames Coast Kiwi Care

Your local Kiwi Conservation program save a small but growing population of kiwi in the Te Mata area of the Thames Coast.  They are a volunteer run not-for-profit organisation that needs your help.  Hold a 'Morning Tea Shout' to help raise much needed funds, it's easy, drink a cup of tea, eat a scrumptious muffin and donate to a worthy cause.  Everyone at your workplace can help save our local Kiwi.  Contact Joanne or Inge, visit the facebook page or web.


Thames Croquet Club

Thames Croquet Club Inc. Beach Road.  New Summer times:  Monday & Thursday Mornings 9.15am.  Twilight Wednessdays 4.45pm. Saturday afternoons New players welcome. 1st time is free then a $3 ground fee for the next 5 times. Mallets available. Family fun age from 12 years plus. info Ph. Nola 869 0390. Dennis 868 2423. Pat 868 8169



Waihi Beach Plastic Bag FREE

Waihi beach is attempting to go plastic bag free.  Following on from support from retailers, a request for support from the Western bay Council waste minimisation programme has been submitted.  In the meantime the beach 4 square is giving out free reusable bags and a local group are busy sewing reusable bags as well.  People who want to join in sewing can contact Kelly at waihi beach info.

Boomerang Bags

Working to create an alternative to plastic bags and increase awareness of environmental pollution.  All welcome at bag making events.  Last Saturday of every month at the GBD Thames 9 till noon and second Wednesday of every month at Thames High School 2 till 4:30.  For more information contact Trish 868 3220 or Nancy 868 9664.


Paeroa Drop In Centre

DROP-IN CENTRE at St Johns Rooms, Belmont Road, Paeroa (Next to old library bldg).  Weekly on Tuesday 10am - 1pm.  Companionship, friendly welcome and cuppa.  Glenys Lewis 0204 250 244 or (07) 862 6002.


Thames Community Patrol

The Thames Community Patrol are a small group of volunteers who patrol the streets of Thames, Tararu, Totara and Kopu areas at night in their own sign written van.  They act as eyes and ears for the local Police.  The Thames Community Patrol need more volunteers, you must commit to atleast one patrol per month from 3 to 6 hours a night.  For further information please contact George Udy 07 868 8984



Volunteers are needed at Thames Youth Centre for the Saturday Chill Out Sessions.  This is an opportunity for young people to gather together hang out, play pool, fooze-ball, dance and have a safe place to chill.  Saturday's 10am to 2pm.  If you're interested in helping out at the Thames Youth Centre and would be willing to donate your time please contact Kate on 07 8686110 or

Youth Pride Hauraki YPH

Youth Pride Hauraki YPH Hangout Sessions for all LGBTQ youth are one Sunday a month from 2:30 till 4:30pm at the Thames Youth Centre.  All welcome.  Snacks and drinks provided and this is a great opportunity to extend your support network and make new friends with similar interests.  Check out the facebook page Youth Pride Hauraki.  All enquiries contact Kate at the Youth Centre on 07 8686110 or email


Mahamudra Centre

Full details are at: or call 866 6851 for more information 


ST John recruiting

ST John recruiting now for volunteer frontline ambulance officers.  Are you fit healthy, have a full drivers licence, and no convictions?  Do you like helping others and have some spare time.  For more information contact Julia 027 458 0443.

Thames SPCA Op Shop

Volunteers needed for the Thames SPCA Op Shop.  Various 3 hour shifts available through out the week.  If you can help please ph 021 024 33322.  All funds raised stay locally to help animals in the Coromandel Peninsula and Districts.


Whitianga Santa Parade

Date:  9th of December.  Time to get your thinking hats on! The Whitianga Santa Parade is coming up and the call is out to all businesses, community groups and organisations to get together and enter a float. Need convincing? There is $200 for the winning float.  Registrations for floats/classic cars can be collected from Fiona - Peninsula Cars or email

Do you need a drivers license?

CAN DO may be able to support you with some funds, criteria applies but if you want more information, text Sheryl at the Thames Community Centre - 027 868 9797.

Thames Toastmasters

Meets the second and fourth Thursday of every month, 7pm in the Hall behind Saint James Union Parish.  Gold coin donation.   Come along and find out what it’s all about and how you can improve your ability to speak in public in a safe friendly environment.

Parents Centre

Are you pregnant? Remember to book your antenatal classes with Parents Centre today.  Meet other expectant parents and begin your parenting journey feeling informed and confident. Parents Centre focus on support networks and friendships and are passionate about quality parenting.  Antenatal classes are held in Thames and Whitianga and are free to attend.  Contact Kyra on 021 269 2232 to book your place.

What's on at the Thames Community Centre?

Would you like to talk to someone about getting your learner's restricted or full driver's license or about your study, employment or business start up options?

Do you or someone you know need help with reading writing and numbers?

Then contact Sheryll at the Thames Community Centre on 078689797. for a confidential friendly discussion about what your goals are.  

Weekly events at the Thames Community Centre

  • The Chinwag Cafe for older folk meets every Monday morning from 10am at the Thames Community Centre.
    Come along for a cuppa tea and a bit of a chinwag. 
  • The Quaker Faith group meet the third Sunday of each month at 11 am. 
  • Grow is a mental health support group and they meet every Tuesday afternoon and Friday mornings at the centre. 
  • Parkinsons Waikato Thames support group meets every 6 weeks. 

For more information about  any of these give Sheryll a ring on 078689797.
The Community Centre is at 609 Mackay St opposite the hospital grounds.



SPCA Thames have cats, kittens, dogs and puppies all ready and waiting to be adopted.  Please come out and visit the team at 321 Ngati Maru Highway, next to the air field.  They are are also looking for more volunteers to help care for the animals.  If you can help please phone 868 6830.


Karangahake Hall Market; Every Sunday of every month from 10am on Paeroa’s Main Street.  Please phone Moira on 07 862 9233 for more information


Taking a bush walk this summer?  Before you take in the stunning scenery, first take a moment to Save our Kauri Forests from Kauri Die Back Disease.  Kauri Die Back Disease spreads by soil movement.  Always clean your gear, removing soil from shoes, tyres and equipment before you leave your accommodation and when you return.  Always stick to the tracks and together we can Keep Coromandel Kauri Standing.  Visit Kauri Die Back for more information.


Women's Walking Group meet Saturday mornings from 8.30am at the Paeroa Domain - Band Rotunda.  For more information please call Rebecca Provan at 027 360 2307.


Living with Endometriosis?  This New Thames Support Group is brought to you by Insight Endometriosis.  Come along to this coffee support group for women with Endometrisis.  This is an opportunity to meet others each month and share experiences in a supportive environment.  The monthly coffee group is Wednesday mornings from 10:30.  For more information contact Dianne 027 7777 507 before 8pm or office 07 8555 123 before 8pm.


The Thames Hospice Shop is open at 402 Pollen Street Thames.  

Funds generated from the Thames Hospice Shop helps provide quality Specialist Community Palliative Care in the Thames Community.  

If you have any items you want to donate please phone 0800 Hospice.


The new Day Light saving times for the Thames croquet Club at 101 Beach Road.  

Monday and Thursday mornings from 8.45am. Games start at 9am till midday.  

Twilight games, Wednesday afternoons from 4.45pm, games start at 5pm till 7pm.  

New players 1st game is free, them the next 5 evenings are $2 per evening.  

Phone Nola 869 0390 for more information.


Twilight Bowls, Hikutaia Bowling Club Friday nights from 5:45pm.  
Everyone is welcome to come along.  

Phone 862 4800 for more information.


Safer Boating to encourage boaties to take simple steps before getting back on the water: Prep your boat, Check your Gear, Know the rules.

Prep - service the engine, check and change the fuel, check the battery and just generally give the boat a good onceover.

Check - make sure your lifejackets are still fit for purpose and you have enough. Service any inflatable lifejackets and ensure you have two reliable forms of communication equipment.  Know - ensure you know the “rules of the road” on the water, and check your local bylaws.


The Salvation Army is joining forces with the Thames Foodbank as families requiring food parcels has more than doubled in the past two years. The foodbank's stocks are very low, with many bare cupboards, and food can be dropped off at the foodbank at the Baptist Church in Mary St between 9am and noon on Mondays and 9am to 3pm from Tuesday to Thursday.


The TCDC has produced a free calendar profiling boat ramps on the western coast of the Peninsula.

The aim is to alleviate pressure at peak times at better-known launching areas and spread the use of recreational boating facilities. Grab a copy from Council offices or their webpage.


Mercury Bay Community Choir meets every Monday 6.00-8.00pm in Whitianga. This trimester we are preparing Xmas Carols to sing at many fun locations around the Bay:  New members welcome so to find out more contact Suzanne on 021725343.


Annah Stretton’s Reclaim another Woman, or RAW project’s second hand store in Hamilton require pre-loved beds, lounge suites and larger items of furniture.  Items are able to be picked up from your property.

If you have anything that could help this wonderful organisation, please contact RAW. 

Stretton Group Ltd
Cnr Thames and Marshall Streets
PO Box 65
Morrinsville 3340

P  07 889 4053
F  07 889 4058 

Follow my Blog – The Life and times of Annah Stretton 


A publication for Thames Businesses has begun circulation around the area.  It's a very comprehensive update on business and local happenings in the area, created by local business owner, Heather Moore. Businesses are encouraged to subscribe to the newsletter so they receive a copy when it is distributed.  

For more details, please contact Heather at Unichem Heather Moore Pharmacy, 546 Pollen St, Thames or call 07 868 6363 or 021 144 2169.


Did you know you can learn to fly in Thames?  Trial flights are available at the Hauraki Aero Club. Two options are available, 15 or 30 minutes with you in control.  Experienced flight instructors Rick Watson and Cliff McChesney are waiting to hear from you.  For more details,

Rick – 027 684 0044 or
Cliff – 027 480 5454 or


Give yourself a financial health check. Thames Budget Service can help you.  They can draw up a budget, help identify areas of overspending, deal with creditors on your behalf, suggest other possible sources of income and refer you to other services which may help with your situation. Visit Family Budgeting to find out more.


Introducing the LMM Club, an intitiative created in the Coromandel Peninsula to give local musicians across the nation a platform to share their music.  Join the club today, and receive lots of LMM Club member benefits, including free entry to all participating performance venues.  Visit Local Musicians for all the information and to contact organiser, Shirley Howe.


Is your family new in town, or new to NZ? Then sign up to FamilyFriends – a brand new, free service created specially to connect like-minded, local families with each other for the start of a life-long friendship.  FamilyFriends is about making friends for the whole family and creating stronger, caring communities.


Turua daytime indoor bowls At the Turua Hall, every Thursday.
Names in by 9.45am, $2 entry. Bring your own lunch. All most welcome.


Join the Ngatea Badminton Club every Tuesday at 7pm at the Hauraki Sports Gym.  Rackets are available.  Contact Jenny Adams on 867 3028 for detials.


Alcoholics Anonymous meet on Mondays at lunchtime from 12 til 1 pm, at the Baptist church rooms in Mary St, Thames. The meeting is open to anyone, especially anyone who thinks they have a problem with alcohol and think they may need help to stop drinking. Meetings are free and tea and coffee are supplied.  Enquiries, call Brent on 021 805 354.


Step back in time, have fun dressing up & be photographed Victorian style in an authentic heritage setting at Athenree historic homestead.  The homestead is open on Sundays noon to 3pm, Devonshire teas will be served by Victorian maids & there will be tours of this very unique historic homestead.  More info - Tee 07 8634363                


Are you a Housie / Bingo fan?  If so, the Paeroa RSA is the place to be every Wednesday at 1pm and every Thursday at 7pm.  Great Prizes and all welcome.  Any queries please call Thomas on 021 230 9292.


The Kaiaua Markets run on the last Sunday of every month with all sorts of things – chickens, rabbits, bird – clothes, produce and cakes just to name a few.  For further info you can call Patsy on 07 8679878


Scrapbags Quilting group meet in St Peter the fisherman church Hall Dundas Street Whitianga every Wednesday from 9am-3pm.  Contact Robyn for details 07 866 5029.


Mercury Bay Badminton happens every Wednesday 9.30am-11am at the Whitianga Town Hall.


Patchwork Unlimited Turua Quilting Group meets in the Turua Hall every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month, 9.30am-2pm.  Turua is the meeting place for members from Thames, Ngatea, Paeroa, Waihi and beyond.  Contact Kitty on 868 7355 or Jan on 868 9320.


The Thames market is on again Saturday in Grahamstown, Pollen Street, 8am-12 noon.  A variety of stalls selling fruit, vegetables, plants, artisan cheeses, bavarian pretzels, samosas, artisan bread, all sorts of arts crafts and collectibles, second hand clothes, books and much more.


Thames small gauge railway on Brown Street, open every Sunday 10-3 weather permitting.


Table tennis competition every Tuesday at Church of Christ Parawai.  From 6pm starting with younger players followed by adults. Supper provided and a gold coin donation appreciated.


Join in for Qigong exercises every Monday morning at 10:30am at the Civic Centre in Thames. This is followed by a short contact care treatment. It is for people with all forms of mobility and age, $5 per session.  For more information phone Lisa on 027 403 8026. 


Music Night at the Pauanui Club is going to be held on the SECOND TUESDAY OF EACH MONTH starting on Tuesday the 14th March at 7pm.  There is no entry fee and we welcome anybody who is interested in playing music and /or singing to come along and join in with the local musicians.  For information about the Music Night ring Gary on 07-8647166.


6 for Starters - Every Friday

This is starting Friday 10th March at 3pm - Paeroa Golf Course. For newcomers or those out of practice to play six holes. All gear provided, wear comfy clothing and shoes. Gold coin donation for the 1st week, $10 Friday promotion thereafter. Refreshments provided.  Interested or want to know more? Give Elaine a call: 022 109 8625


Hauraki Lioness Daffodil Day Morning Tea

We invite people to our Hauraki Lioness Daffodil Day Morning Tea. Held at Ngatea War Memorial Hall on Wednesday 23rd August at 10am. We have 2 guest speakers Quick Fire raffles and a delicious morning tea all baking done by Lionesses!

Entry is $5.  It is a annual project that we run to raise funds for Cancer Support all proceeds go to Cancer Groups.

Hauraki Lioness Daffodil Day Morning Tea

We invite people to our Hauraki Lioness Daffodil Day Morning Tea. Held at Ngatea War Memorial Hall on Wednesday 23rd August at 10am. We have 2 guest speakers Quick Fire raffles and a delicious morning tea all baking done by Lionesses!

Entry is $5.  It is a annual project that we run to raise funds for Cancer Support all proceeds go to Cancer Groups.


Hauraki Rail Trail - Pukorokoro-Miranda Grand Opening


Hauraki Rail Trail - Pukorokoro-Miranda Grand Opening
Hauraki Rail Trail - Pukorokoro-Miranda Grand Opening

THIS SATURDAY the 9th of September
5.30am: Dawn blessing
8.30am: Gala festival
9am:      Official opening speeches
9.30am: Ribbon cutting ceremony
9.30am: Trail open for riding
2pm:       Prize giving
For more details to go: