Views from the Thames coastline
Thames Coast, Coromandel

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Tours of the old gold mine are a tourist attraction around Thames
Thames, Coromandel

By Sandy Austin


Located on the doorstep of the Coromandel region, Thames is a gateway to outdoor adventures. Enjoy a great coffee & soak up the gold mining heritage.

A 1. 5 hour drive from Auckland, Thames is the main centre of the Coromandel. The town was formed in 1870 from two smaller settlements - Shortland and Grahamstown - founded to support gold mining in the early 1860s.

The lure of gold and logging caused the town to grow rapidly. At one stage it looked likely to surpass Auckland as New Zealand's main centre. But, as often happens, the gold ran out and the town's population stabilised.

The northern end of Thames, known still as Grahamstown, offers cafés and boutique shops in a charming colonial setting. Be sure to visit the museum, which covers early Maori times, the arrival of the first pioneers and the development of mining, logging, railways and shipping. You can also visit the historic School of Mines, which is open from Wednesday to Sunday year-round.

Behind the town, the ancient volcanic Coromandel Ranges rise steeply. The magnificent Kauaeranga Valley hiking and camping area is just to the south, and the road to the north follows the coast past scores of sandy beaches and fishing hot spots. If you're planning to head into the wilderness, Thames is the perfect place to stock up on supplies.

Thames is the northern gateway to the Hauraki Rail Trail, an undulating cycling track that follows an old rail trail while showcasing the region's pioneering history and lush farmland. From Thames, cycle the trail south to Paeroa and then choose to either venture east through the Karangahake Gorge to Waihi, or west to Te Aroha.

As a sizeable town, Thames offers a wide choice of accommodation, restaurants and shops. The Saturday morning market is a great place to find an arty souvenir.

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Avalon Motel - Accommodation in Thames New Zealand
7.10 150 Reviews
Avalon Motel is a 5-minute walk from the start of the Hauraki rail trail. It offers barbecue facilities, free WiFi access and free on-site parking.The guest rooms have a kitchenette with a toaster, a microwave, an electric kettle and a fridge. Other amenities include ironing equipment and ... (more)
Brookby Motel - Accommodation in Thames New Zealand
9.20 24 Reviews
Quiet bush setting off the main road. Closest motel to Thames hospital. A short walk to central Thames shops, restaurants, cafes etc. 4x1brm units with full kitchen. 2 x studio units with microwave and tea/coffee making facilities. King/Queen/Twin beds. All units have SKY TV, Wi-Fi, electr... (more)
Coastal Motor Lodge - Accommodation in Thames New Zealand
9.20 208 Reviews
Offering free Wi-Fi, Coastal Motor Lodge is set on lovely landscaped gardens directly opposite the waters of Kuranui Bay. All accommodation features a kitchenette and flat-screen TV with satellite channels. Thames Coastal Motor Inn is 2 minutes’ walk from Tararu Bay and 3 minutes’ drive... (more)
Dickson Holiday Park - Accommodation in Thames New Zealand
8.20 34 Reviews
Home of the Tropical Butterfly Garden. Beautiful scenic park. Family/backpackers accommodation. Close to fishing and bushwalking and a perfect base from which to explore the Coromandel Peninsula. Motels, tourist flats, cabins and vans. Level tent and van sites. Solar-heated pool, tennis, m... (more)
Hotel Imperial - Accommodation in Thames New Zealand
Just a 2-minute walk from Kuranui Bay, Hotel Imperial features a restaurant, a bar and BBQ facilities. Built in 1869, this tastefully refurbished property offers rooms with free WiFi.Hotel Imperial Thames is a 10-minute walk from the Thames Historical Museum. The Hauraki Rail Trail is a 35... (more)
Junction Hotel - Accommodation in Thames New Zealand
8.10 34 Reviews
Clean and affordable hotel accommodation, ranging from backpacker dorms with shared bathroom facilities to private rooms with ensuite.We offer free WiFi, complimentary tea and coffee and 24-hour on-site staff, in-room flat screen TV available in most rooms. The Junction also has a restaura... (more)
La Casa Te Puru Lodge - Accommodation in Te Puru New Zealand
8.10 21 Reviews
Te Puru, Te Puru
La Casa Te Puru Lodge features panoramic views of Thames, Hauraki Gulf and the rugged bush-covered Coromandel Ranges. This unique Mediterranean-style villa offers guest rooms with views of the ocean, the bushes or Firth of Thames. Free parking and free Wi-Fi access are provided.The heated ... (more)
Miranda Holiday Park - Accommodation in Miranda New Zealand
8.90 122 Reviews
Miranda Holiday Park is set in landscaped grounds in a rural setting. It also has a Qualmark 4-star plus Holiday Park and Qualmark Enviro Bronze rating. It has 6x1brm and 2x2brm self-contained chalets, tourist lodge sleeps up to 50 with 10 individual rooms, all-weather power sites for c... (more)
Orere Point TOP 10 Holiday Park - Accommodation in Auckland New Zealand
Orere Point, Auckland
Your leisure, our pleasure. A friendly family holiday park. Only 5 minutes walk to safe beach, fishing or boating. Kayaks available. In a park-like setting with fresh water river bordering the park. Range of accommodation including self-contained unit, deluxe cabins, kitchen cabins, standa... (more)
Puru Park Motel - Accommodation in Te Puru New Zealand
9.20 3 Reviews
Te Puru
Welcome to Puru Park Motel, Coromandel Peninsula Situated 15 minutes north of Thames on the scenic Coromandel coast Puru Park provides modern motel accommodation with a back-drop of bush clad hills and tropical garden setting. With off-street parking and a BBQ available for those laz... (more)
Rapaura - Accommodation in Tapu New Zealand
10.00 2 Reviews
64-acre private estate, set in the midst of the Coromandel Forest Park, featuring:- Rapaura WatergardensMature Gardens, which have evolved over more than 45 years.- Boutique Accommodation at RapauraBoutique Lodge or Country Cottage, self-catering accommodation- Koru at RapauraCafé/restaura... (more)
Rendezvous Motel - Accommodation in Kopu New Zealand
Situated in Kopu just 6 kms south of Thames township. The gateway to Coromandel Peninsula. Large spacious units that are fully self contained with separate bedroom, lounge, kitchen and bathroom. There is a hotel/restaurant across the road and golf course 1km away. Base yourself here and st... (more)
Rolleston Motel - Accommodation in Thames New Zealand
8.30 194 Reviews
Rolleston Motel is a Qualmark 3-star plus Motel located in Thames.Rolleston Motel has 13 self-contained ground floor units which are serviced daily. The room options are 10 studios and 1 & 2 bedroom apartments. Continental breakfast, swimming pool and spa facilities are available at the mo... (more)
Seaspray Motel - Accommodation in Waiomu New Zealand
9.00 36 Reviews
Spectacularly situated beach front Motel with six self contained units. All units absolute beachfront. Close to boat ramp and local cafe. Boat parking available. Fish from the lawn. BBQ under the pohutukawa trees. Enjoy an evening drink watching the awesome sunsets. Fo... (more)
Shortland Court Motel - Accommodation in Thames New Zealand
7.30 86 Reviews
Fully self-contained ground floor studio and 1&2brm units; smoking and designated non-smoking and units with access facilities available. All with full cooking facilities, shower (spa bath in some), hair dryer, king/queen size beds, phone, wireless high-speed internet, 32" LCD TV, 5-channe... (more)
Sunset Motel - Accommodation in Thames New Zealand
8.20 17 Reviews
Quiet beachfront location in garden setting. 9 self-contained units, including beachfront studio, beachfront 3brm family cottages, garden courtyard units. Fully equipped kitchen. Cooked/continental breakfast & evening meals available, BBQ, off-street undercover parking, boat parking, boat ... (more)
Tapu Camp - Accommodation in Tapu New Zealand
Beachfront camp 19km north of Thames. Swimming in sea or river. 4km to boat ramp. Cross the road to Royal Oak Hotel for restaurant or bar facilities. Range of accommodation - power/tent sites, 10 on-site caravans/cabins, backpackers, 12-bed bunk room, self-contained units. NZMCA discount. ... (more)
Te Mata Lodge - Accommodation in Te Mata New Zealand
9.10 181 Reviews
Te Mata
Te Mata Lodge is set amongst 10 acres of private landscaped gardens, 20 minutes' drive from Thames and Te Mata Bay. BBQ facilities and kayaks are provided. Guests enjoy 100 MB of free WiFi per day.The self-contained rooms include a fully equipped kitchen, a balcony and satellite TV. The en... (more)
Te Puru Holiday Park - Accommodation in Te Puru New Zealand
6.50 15 Reviews
Te Puru
Accommodation: family park bordering freshwater stream. Tent & power sites, caravans, kitchen cabins, self-contained cabins and trams. Features: kitchen, laundry, playground, trampoline, barbecue, coach/boat/truck park, fish cleaning. Shop/takeaways. Dump station. 11km north of Thames. Tar... (more)
Thames Valley Motel - Accommodation in Ngatea New Zealand
Welcome to Thames Valley Motel Accommodation, Ngatea. Situated on State Highway 2 in Ngatea Town Centre, Thames Valley Motel is located centrally between Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga in the Bay of Plenty and Rotorua. All centres are within a 90 minutes drive. Ngatea is a small town, onl... (more)
Tuscany On Thames - Accommodation in Thames New Zealand
7.70 65 Reviews
State Highway 25, Thames
Offering an outdoor swimming pool, Tuscany On Thames offers off street parking. It is adjacent to the start of the Thames part of The Hauraki Rail Trail.Rooms come with a fan, radio and flat-screen TV. The private bathrooms offer a spa bath and hairdryer. All rooms feature extra-long beds.... (more)
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    Tue 6 Nov 2018 10:00AM / Museums
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    Sun 11 Nov 2018 11:00AM / Commemorations, Ceremonies
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