The Coromandel has enjoyed a quintessential relationship with kiwi’s since way back. Endless summers listening to New Zealand’s best music at the bach while searing scallops on the BBQ. Very occasionally The Coromandel features in international soundtracks such as Macklemore's giant hit as profiled below. Plus a few local favourites that capture the good for your soul vibe.
Can’t Hold Us, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Seattle rapper Macklemore took The Coromandel to the big screens with the single Can’t Hold Us which went on to win Best Hip Hop Video and Best Cinematography awards at the MTV Video Music Awards.
This epic tune introduces The Coromandel with an equally epic scene at Cathedral Cove before jumping to shots of a motorbike shooting across the Mercury Bay airfield and another feat. a pick-up truck more akin to a Beach Hop rally. Cathedral Cove Marine Reserve stars again with Te Hoho rock as the backdrop to the barber shop. Scenes of rowing an idyllic stream and an endless golden beach, most probably Opito, complete The Coromandel’s starring role to yet another soundtrack challenging the status quo.
So True, The Blackseeds
This popular New Zealand reggae band captured the essence of kiwis love for summer, The Coromandel and holidays in general in their song So True released in 2004. The Blackseeds includes musician Brett Mackenzie of Flight of the Conchords. For a good time, So True was the summer anthem played in baches across the length of New Zealand.
Scenes from the video include beach cricket at Cathedral Cove and snorkeling in the marine reserve, road trip to Whangapoua, summer BBQ at Longbay Motor Camp (north of Coromandel Town), sunsets on the Thames Coast plus a few other gems.
Summer Time, Tiki Taane
Tiki Taane is a regular on the kiwi music scene frequently gracing the shores of The Coromandel with memorable performances at locations such as the iconic Coroglen Tavern.
Summer Time is all about escaping the stress of the city to enjoy the coastlines and landscape of places like The Coromandel, Gisborne and Piha. The journey kicks off along the Thames Coast en route to destination Whitianga. It features the old Kopu Bridge plus scenes of surfing, dolphins and swimming at sunset. Bring on summer!