The Hauraki-Coromandel Business Awards 2020 People's Choice


The Coromandel's More FM Hauraki-Coromandel Business Awards have been postponed to next year, but that doesn't stop us from finding out who you think is the best local business.......a true contender to win 'The People's Choice Award.' 

Nominations are in:  read about the finalists below that were submitted via our official entry form, and make your vote!  Be in to win a $100 Visa Prezzy Card (and the winning business scores $1000 of advertising!)

131 Bar Paeroa

I think this venue adds something that Paeroa lacks. It has a modern decor, friendly staff and good food. And good food is very hard to find in Paeroa. It is a great place to have a few drinks with friends or enjoy a meal for a work do. Wish there were more local places like this.


A&G Price Thames

3 years ago they went through the liquidation process and have turned the business around into a profitable company employing 55 staff and supporting the local economy. 


Adams Electrical Paeroa

Found them to be a fantastic local business, especially with a recent new DVS system fitted by them at home. Prompt and great communication and very good at what they do. Friendly team too, especially Brad & Toby.


Ardor Beauty Waihi

Very professional business with wonderful staff.  Emma supports a lot of our local non profit groups with fundraising.


Aspire Refill & Eco Store Whangamata

Nicola has a fantastic, ever expanding range of products and is truly inspiring in her desire to provide environmentally sustainable products to the residents of Whangamata and surrounding areas / Newly established business promoting sustainable practice and enabling Whangamata to limit plastic waste, looking after our community and our ocean.


Bella Homeware Whangamata

Awesome products and customer service


Blue Ginger Whitianga

Fresh food, full of flavour, friendly service!


Bounty Store Thames

This business has fantastic customer service. I am a New Zealander living in Melbourne and regularly buy from Bounty, after seeing new products on its active social media feeds. The owner, Fiona Cameron, makes an effort to keep in touch with customers around the world as well as in Thames. She also has fantastic local events such as her Matariki exhibition. This is both a local and global business, promoting quality products from New Zealand makers, in particular in the Thames-Coromandel-Hauraki area.


Bubbas Outdoors and Fishing Whangamata

Because they are so friendly and helpful and charitable and generous with their time their humour their knowledge all round good cats!


Bulk Landscape Supplies & Garden Centre Whitianga

They provide a wonderful service as the staff are always happy to answer your gardening questions and they grow all their own seedlings. Great small local community minded business.


Coastal Bins Thames

Reliable service always, even when I forget to put the bins out.


Cooks Beach Plumbing

Best plumbers with the best team.


Coromandel ITM

Awesome local business, really getting behind the community by donating materials to the youth group house and supporting the local youth by sponsoring drivers licenses.


Courtyard Cafe Paeroa

Amazing owners and staff, fabulous service delicious food and drinks! Best place to go!


Daymos Tyres Thames

Damian and Larissa have excellent PR skills, honest, trustworthy, will go the extra distance to help others all with a smile.


De’lish Bakery Thames

great quality food, lovely people and good price - was on the news for their mince donuts


Dee's Private Hire Paeroa

My Mum is owner/operator of Dee's private hire in Paeroa. She does local taxi runs, school bus runs and charters. She loves what she does and treats her customers like family. Every year at Christmas time there is always a few extras she's invited along because she doesn't want them spending Christmas alone. My Mum works so hard and it would be great to see her efforts being appreciated.


Diamonds on Seddon Waihi

Paul, Delwyn and team are the most friendly helpful caring business in town. Their customer service is second to none and are only too happy to go above and beyond for their customers from sourcing items, to shipping them far and wide and so much more. They have huge community spirit and hold so many events in store and online for their customers. I can think of no other business more deserving of this award.


Dino’s Pizza And Pasta Whitianga

All the ‘player of the day’ pizza awards for the school and local sports clubs.


East Coast Automotive Whitianga

Great service. Friendly, genuine team of people work there. Often go the extra mile for customers. Know there stuff and get the job done.


Espy Whitianga

Best Ice Coffee in town!! / Because they do amazing food and drinks, with  absolutely amazing service!!


Essential Electrical and Refrigeration Whitianga

Because they are hardworking, honest and reliable and always provide the best service with a smile. They even worked through lockdown providing essential services to our community.


Eye Spy Whitianga

Love their clothing and when I first got here they were very kind to us.


Flock Tairua

Flock has a true community spirit, apart from the welcoming atmosphere and delicious food they set up workshops for the townspeople , children included,there is always something new and interesting going on. Closest thing to a marae in this town. All about family and unity.


Food For Thought Thames

Yummy food, every time.


Forget-Me-Not OpShop Paeroa

Non for profit shop, all proceeds go back into the community / This is a newish to town local Opp Shop, which has recently moved to the main St. All proceeds from it go to local causes, stays in Paeroa.  Helps out locals in need. / they are amazing op shop and gives all their profits back into paeroas schools and community groups that need the money / A true community shop, actually gives back to the community.


Four Square Coromandel

At a most difficult time - Coromandel 4 Square never missed a beat - they stayed open providing security of supply for all of the northern Coromandel, who were isolated and unable to travel to other stores. Coromandel 4 Square management and staff were always cheerful and welcoming and did their very best to stay calm and keep a great safe community atmosphere in the store. They kept people employed and the shelves stocked and they processed orders with delivery to remote places via the Rural Delivery Service. It wasn't just a store we could rely on for food and products - but a calming, stoic, friendly influence for the whole community throughout a very testing time.


Four Square Matarangi

They’re community minded, friendly and always willing to go the extra mile (literally because they happily deliver to people who cannot make it into the shop). I love that they’ll start stocking product when requested by their customers / Such amazing people who really care for our community. Sharon & Darren and their staff are all awesome. The centre of the Matarangi community.


Four Square Ngatea

Provided our community right through Covid staff were awesome and they provided quick home deliveries thanks Richie and team / Always serving there customer's with a smile and the service is 100% from workers and the owner of the store / They are a great asset to the community and everyone there always goes above and beyond. Richie the new owner has followed in his parents footsteps and taken over the business as his own, bringing new and exciting things to the community. I am apart of the four square team and love everything about working there. Such an amazing environment and having such a close knit community makes it a great place to work and be apart of.


Four Square Tairua

Their spunk, kindness and calm during Covid, feeding us all.


GBD Thames

So friendly and helpful. Plus supportive to the many community groups that meet there. Eg. allowing the boomerang bags group to sew in the restaurant each month.


Grace O'Malleys Whitianga

I love their commemorative events - like St Patrick's Day, July the 4th etc.


Grahamstown Coffee Shack Thames

Delicious food, inviting atmosphere and wonderful service.


Hauraki Tyre and Battery Thames

Craig, Tarn and the ‘boys’ work  24/7 around the clock. There’s no job to big or small for them and the are happy team who always have a smile on their face ready to help their customers. Only buying the business just over a year ago there’s been some unsure times with covid but they’ve kept a smile on their faces and greeted their customers with nothing but kindness and happiness 😊


Hello World Thames

Jo and her team have been going the extra mile to help their customers who were stuck overseas or had holidays/ trips canceled due to Covid.


Hi Stranger Café Thames

They are so friendly and have great good. Being new to the area, we love going there for any coffee outings we have. They remembered us after only one previous visit! We love Hi Stranger.


Kelly's Seafoods Waihi

Consistently Amazing Food friendly and super efficient service. Has helped put our little town on the map as I regularly hear people from out of town make positive comments.


Kiwi Taste Miranda

Outstanding service and food.


Kua Kawhe Kuaotunu

Great ethics with using organic options. Keeps it local with their trading post to sell goods for other local people as well as their coffee is roasted locally.

Great atmosphere and amazing views.

L&P Café Paeroa

Very friendly,  always welcoming and smiling,   great customer service.  family orientated and very professional / Young owners doing a great job.  Yummy food.  Spotlessly clean.  Good service.  Pretty much has it all really / Great family friendly cafe.


Little Latte Cafe Whangamata

Nicky along with her staff are always welcoming and friendly. They give fantastic service and delicious food and great coffee. Little latte has a lovely garden courtyard setting,  perfect for a lunch with friends or love ones. Its a 5☆ vote from me / Nicky Ball and the crew there are fantastic.  They are friendly and always have a smile on their face.   Nothing is a problem for them  / Most amazing small cafe with fantastic and friendly staff. Caters for all , vegan, keto etc . Food is always lovely, fresh and inviting. Coffee fabulous and their iced chocolate is my grandchildren favourite / Best Cafe on the Peninsula / Absolutely outstanding customer service and brilliant atmosphere .

Luke’s Kitchen Kuaotunu

Always a great vibe and the staff are always happy / Beautiful location with awesome staff and service. Overall best vibe a restaurant can have / Good food, good people, good place / The staff are always so bubbly, food is delicious and the mood there is always immaculate!!! 10/10.


Manaia Kitchen & Bar Tairua

Every time we go there, all the staff are helpful and happy, just a great atmosphere.


Mat's Café Whitianga

Mat the owner is always so kind and sweet, you can tell he loves his job and portrays this throughout his business, would love to see his cafe thriving!!! Always has a smile on his face and always greets and thanks you ... such a true person with s beautiful soul !! Did I mention there amazing cakes ❤


Mico Plumbing Thames

Superb service,  available after hours & great range of stock.


Miss Muffet Waihi

Being owner of new business Miss Muffet hasn't stopped Genna Peka from actively supporting and promoting other local businesses.  Not only has she championed a "Shop Local Waihi" facebook page where she profiles a variety of local businesses weekly, she makes an effort to source locally made products for her Gift hampers and baskets, with an aim of including products from as many as 3 different local small businesses in her custom baskets.  She 100% deserves a shout out at the very least!


Needles and Pins Thames

Awesome service / They are a super friendly couple, who are super helpful and try to find the best deal for you / Megan has great customer service. She’s really helpful and knows her stuff when it comes to everything patchwork and sewing.


Paeroa Bluelight 

Paeroa bluelight - Not a business but a community organisation run by volunteers They do heaps of cool things for our youth!


Paeroa Community Support Trust

They run 29 programs that benefit our community.


Paeroa Laundromat

Excellent facilities / Great service has everything you need.


Paeroa Private Hire

Because I love my business. We have been covering Paeroa since August 2011. Doing school runs gone from a little Toyota Estima van to 6 vehicles 3 buses 2 vans and a car. We have amazing drivers happy drivers there's so much more to say.


Pamper Me MediaSpa Thames

They are a very caring team who really care for their clients and give great service I cannot speak highly enough about them.


Paradise Gym Tairua

These legends have created a gym from scratch in record timing! Creating an invaluable resource for our wonderful little community and many visitors. They worked day in day out to get it open all whilst being heavily pregnant. The most selfless and encouraging people you will ever hope to meet!


Paradise Pets Grooming and Day Care Whitianga

I have watched Andrea build this business up from a mobile van and can understand why it has grown as she is an amazing lady. She loves our pets and it shines through. She has free puppy social for up to 6 months getting puppies used to being groomed and socialised. She always has time to answer all questions. She helps out at the vets at puppy school, originally was a vet nurse. Always lets you know if she thinks your dog may have a problem and  cries with you when your dog passes on. She just loves your pet and it shows. So lucky to have this awesome business in Whitianga. Taken dogs to groomers for years but she is the best.


Peninsula Motorcyles Thames

Kyle and the team have gone out of their way on a few occasions by loaning equipment at no charge and also being innovative in re engineering parts for machinery where could  not obtain them otherwise. A super team who just put themselves out the re to help anyway they can. I have been so impressed.


Pipers Cafe Matarangi

Excellent service, good food, great staff and willing to meet customers demands. We love Pipers! / Brenda always remembers what coffee I drink regardless of how long I am away from the Beach.


Port Rd Project Whangamata

Gorgeous staff that always make you feel welcome / The best friendly staff who always have a smile, and the best amazing food.


Read Bros Hardware Thames

The team their are always happy and chatty and go out of their way for you.


ReStore Thames

Vita and Tash opened their doors to their store last year, they have provided a great way of shopping package free. During lockdown they offered full delivery and contactless pick up. This was very labour intensive compared to opening their store front but they managed to keep their clients stocked up. They are leading the way in making changes to the way we package our food, cleaning products etc and helping educate our community on better ways to do things for our environment. Always friendly, helpful and knowledgeable, one of the best stores in Thames.


Richard Cox Contracting Paeroa


Goes the extra mile for customer service


Saint Andrews Church OpShop ByThe Sea

Also get what you needs plus beautiful smiles and service a happy place spreading joy.


Sea and Salt Takeaways Whangamata

Best fish and chips - great staff


Smoky Pallet Whangamata

Great food and service. Massive turn around since its opened. easily the busiest place in Whangamata.


Splinta's Firewood Kerepehi

Product, delivery and customer service is impeccable. 


St John Op Shop Paeroa

I nominate St John OP Shop Paeroa as most of the workers are volunteers and they do a great job to keep the shop stocked and looking as glorious as it it does / Always willing to help people in need it is spotless & amazing set up also best prices out of all / Store looks amazing they help the community and wonderful staff.


Steamy Sisters Thames

The space that has been created in this beautiful heritage building is incredible! It brings so many people together over a shared love of steampunk and it allows people to express their creativity in a productive and personal way. Not only is it great for locals but it also brings out-of-towners in which thus has a positive impact on the other local businesses!


Stop & Eat Ngatea

The service is always awesome and the coffee is always if an amazing standard.  I love being able to be wander in there and feel like I am valued.


Sugar Café Thames

Sugar Cafe, Pollen St in an excellent local business that has become part of the culture of our beautiful town. The food & service are always outstanding. Dessert nights were a regular event pre COVID loved by the community, encouraging people to come together and be treated. Sugar also showcases local artists work amongst the beautiful shop decor. Even when the front doors were shut during lockdown Fleur was catering for Civil Defence. Sugar was then prepared to open and safely serve customers at level 3, bringing happiness to many restoring a little bit of normality after a difficult time.


Sunburst Coffee Lounge

Great food at reasonable prices, and lovely friendly, cheerful staff / Treat you like one of the family. Friendly cheerful, reasonably priced extra good food and a lot of it.


Super Tyre Guy Paeroa

Always helpful, when needed Allan makes him self available.


Superprice Furniture Thames

The staff goes above and beyond to help their customers and their needs sorted. They sell quality furniture and also promote NZ made products. Along with selling they also deliver the product according to Customer's need and timing as well as set it all up for them.


Talisman Café Karangahake

Friendly great food and coffee / Always helpful to gf customers. I don't feel I'm a nuisance being gf. The gardens are so unexpected too / 20yrs of hard work in developing a truly magical place with hand done carvings, beautiful gardens, kids play area inside and out.. huge range of meals and gluten free options, custom made cakes made to order, wonderful staff, great coffee and in the heart of the Karangahake Gorge where you can explore all day.  So much has gone in to making it what it is today for all to enjoy.  The owners Karen and Dave deserve a massive pat on the back for their hard work.


Tash Dawson: Richardson’s Real Eestate Paeroa

Tash has recently started out as a real estate agent at Richardson’s Paeroa and is an incredibly amazing lady who is going above and beyond for her clients, already making a name for herself as giving 200% to her clients and on a personal level making them feel at ease / She has just recently started selling houses after working for Richardson’s for nearly 10 years. She has been working crazy hours ever since she started to get the ball rolling, meaning finish time isn’t till after dinner sometimes and also working every weekend so far. She so deserves it.


Thames Acupuncture

Judy is amazing. Helpful and holistically heals you.


Thames Valley Bacon

They are a small family run business that is always helping other local businesses and groups out with meat packs or sponsorship.


The Butcher Waihi

Best meat around at reasonable price.


The Drift Yoga Studio Whangamata

April has done an amazing job creating a welcoming environment for everyone and supplies free meditation for the community.


The Green Grocer Thames

The staff are always so helpful and polite, great fresh produce.


The Lost Spring Whitianga

Consistently the best customer service. Also somewhere that really looks after the locals. Especially through the lockdown and coming out they gave great swim prices to their local loyal customers. I feel the lost spring is somewhere you can be proud to show off to visitors to the area. No better place to go!!


The Old Mill Cafe Tairua

Always wonderful, tasty, fresh food and decadent cakes. Linda is a Tairua local and a superb cook.


The Refinery Paeroa

The food and service is next to none. You are always greeted with a smile. The food is yummy  and well presented with lots of different choices, as well as gluten free. I love the atmosphere, was the old gold refinery, where you can relax and enjoy with friends and family. The outdoor area is also a lovely retreat.


The Stables Restaurant And Brewery Thames

Amazing food, fantastic service .These guys go above and beyond.


The Wharf Coffe House & Bar Thames


Awesome service friendly staff

Therapeutic Glimmer Coromandel Town

Whaea Kelly (shop owner) comes from a place of poverty but a land rich in recourse, she has so much passion and love for our young people and anyone interested in learning the Maori arts, she is dedicated to the revitalisation of ancient craft techniques and although she hadn't prepared for the unknown pre-covid, her willingness and dedication to her mahi, hapu and iwi meant her gallery was able to stay open during our most unprecedented times, whaea Kelly has taken me under her wing out of the aroha in her heart and i am truly blessed to have her mentor me in my mahi.


Total Auto Ngatea

The team at total auto go out of there way to help customers. It might be a lift somewhere or a tow on there day off.  A phone call to check on them during lock down or doing there groceries. They take 10 minutes out of there busy day to check your tires or help you on side road as they are going past. Fish, Mellissa an there team are always willing to help with a smile.


Waihi Beach Laundromat

Always open and clean for the customers, ensuring they were open through hard times for people.


Waihi Beach Surf School

Gives everyone the chance to experience the joy of surfing! And awesome for all ages.


Waiomu Beach Cafe

Great cafe (food, service, coffee, location, etc) but HUGE supporter of "local"  from sourcing food, community activities, local fire brigade, hiring practices.  Always friendly and kind and sustainable.


Weta Café Coromandel Town

For creating the best Cafe in Coromandel and their courage in taking on a new start at the outset of Covid 19. Mel Shennen and Sallie Budden are an example to us all.


Whangamata St. John shop

Great bunch of ladies always welcoming doing a good job for a good cause.


Wharf Road Cafe Coromandel

Great staff, service and delicious vegetarian food.


Whiti Farm Park

Whiti Farm Park has been hit hard this year with two mayor floods through the park and the loss of lots of visitors due to Covid 19. Even the animals were missing the attention they used to get from visitors. But the owners, Ronnie and Jesse worked their butts of to get everything back to as it was before the floods and remained friendly and positive throughout! They deserve recognition and respect.


Z Paeroa

Always friendly and willing to help.


Who will take the Hauraki Coromandel Business Awards 2020 People's Choice crown? It's over to you!

You have until 12pm Monday 28th September to cast your vote: