What's on in Whitianga this Anniversary and Waitangi weekend

What's on in Whitianga this Anniversary and Waitangi weekend

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The All About Whitianga team has compiled a ‘go to’ list of events and gigs for the upcoming long weekends, along with some ideas to give you inspiration. If you are looking for music, art or fun over the long weekend the Mercury Bay and Whitianga have a lot to offer!


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To book in fun activities on the land, air or water see our Visitor Info guide or view our Event pages for more detail on each individual event listed below. 

Please note that Event information may be subject to change. Please confirm details with event organisers.

Music and gigs in Whitianga

January 27th

  • Luke's Kitchen – Blue Yonder 

January 28th

  • Mercury Bay Club – Live Music

January 29th

  • Eggcentric Cafe – Mini Simmons, Adam Hattaway & the Haunters, Michael Llewellyn & the Darlings
  • Whitianga Baptist Church – Nicky Moran, Gospel Musician
  • Whitianga Hotel – Maranda

January 30th

  • Luke's Kitchen – Let's Go Descarrego
  • Smitty’s Sports Bar & Grill – Live Music
  • Whitianga Hotel – Live music
  • Music in the Park – Hot Water Beach Holiday park - Let's Go Descarrego!

February 4th

  • Mercury Bay Club – Live Music

February 6th

  • Coroglen Tavern – Salmonella Dub Featuring – Tiki Tane, Laughton Kora & Whirimako Black
  • Whitianga Hotel – Live Music
  • Smitty's Sports Bar & Grill – Live Music

Activities and things to do in Whitianga

January 29th

  • Whitianga Market at Soldiers Memorial Park
  • Whitianga Art Group Summer Exhibition

January 30th

  • Whitianga Art Group Summer Exhibition
  • Coroglen Farmers Market

January 31st

  • Whitianga Art Group Summer Exhibition

February 5th

  • Whitianga Market at Soldiers Memorial Park

February 6th

  • American Muscle Car Meeting
  • Coroglen Farmers Market
  • The Endeavours Assemblage (Steam Punk Whitianga) Mini Golf day

Places to eat in Whitianga

Whitianga and the surrounding Mercury Bay has a huge selection of cafés, restaurants and takeaways. For details of opening times, menus and cuisines take a browse in our Eating out guide

Make you own fun in Whitianga

Here's a few more ideas to help inspire you to enjoy the Mercury Bay this summer!

  • Bike the waterfront
  • Create some beach art with shells and driftwood
  • Walk some of the local tracks
  • Grab some friends and have a game of beach volleyball, cricket, touch rugby or pétanque 
  • Have a family photography challenge
  • Collect shellfish or fish off the beach
  • Picnic in a park or beach BBQ
  • Swim in the community pool
  • Visit a new playground with the kids
  • Paint or sketch outside
  • Take the kayaks out
  • Get the kids to make a scavenger hunt - outside of course.

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