By John Freer World renowned down-under artists will headline the Whitianga Summer Concert Series next January the line-up announced today includes both Cold Chisel and Icehouse. New Zealand’s Bec Runga will also feature with Everclear filling the card. For Cold Chisel they will bring their 50th anniversary tour, their involvement comes on the back of […]

By John Freer Beach Hop returns for the 24th time in the coming week and the man behind it remains just as enthusiastic as ever. For the more than 200 volunteers who put on the five-day festival, organiser Noddy Watts said it was these people who ensure the event runs well and meets the expectation […]

By John Freer It had lots of promise, and it did delivered – this being Whitianga Oceans Festival which returned at the weekend after a three year hiatus. More than 3500 people attended with one of the organisers, Nick Reader, describing the event as being really good and a success for those who put in […]

According to the man behind Chaos on the Coromandel, an event planned for Thames later this month, his motivation was that he wanted his community to experience something positive and enjoyable, provided by other locals. Andrew Connaughton still admits a few nerves, but as time marches to Saturday, September 23, he is comfortable with the […]

By John Freer Whitianga’s Summer Concert has been cancelled for the second time. Organisers, Greenstone Entertainment, has pulled the plug on their 2024 concert, laying the blame solely at the state of the region’s roading network. This follows the abandonment of this year’s concert due to weather. Greenstone’s Dean Calvert confirmed the decision saying his […]

By John Freer Standing in Whangamata’s Port Road on the Friday night of Beach Hop – it is difficult to apprehend what you see and experience all round you. There are people everywhere – the vast majority enjoying the moment, and there is also a spectacular display of vehicles and machinery the value of which […]

Beach Hop 2023 is coming to the Coromandel Peninsula this week. And to find out what is going on from the Waihi welcome on Wednesday, through until Sunday, simply open the link below. Beach Hop organiser, Noddy Watts, outlines the entire programme covering the cars, the entertainment and the competitions. After Wednesday, the cars will […]

It is being hailed as just the tonic the Coromandel and Hauraki regions need and event organisers are making sure that everyone gets a slice of the action. Organisers of this months Beach Hop, as previously announced, are having the event touch every community from Waihi and Paeroa in the south, to Coromandel Town and […]

Happy World Orca Day! Dr. Ingrid Visser is a one of a kind scientist - she's the founder of World Orca Day and of the Orca Research Trust the only research project dedicated to orcas in the South Pacific. July 14, is World Orca Day and in Dr Ingrid's words "it's a celebration of how [...]

The organisers of the Oceans festival have announced that with great disappointment the Whitianga Oceans Festival will not go ahead in September 2022 as was planned. The much anticipated 2021 Festival was cancelled just 2 weeks out due to Covid-19 lockdowns. The organisers had hoped that 2022 would be easier to navigate from an event […]

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