Views from the Thames coastline
Thames
Thames Coast, Coromandel

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

By Sandy Austin

Thames

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
Thames
08008687755
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
Thames
078686663
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
Thames
078686843
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
Thames
078687308
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
Thames
078686200
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
Thames
0800252466
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
078682326
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
0800833144
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
0800391905
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
078682686
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
Tapu
078684821
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
Kopu
078688536
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
Thames
0800776644
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
Waiomu
078682863
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
Thames
0800474700
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
Thames
078688573
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
Tapu
078684837
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
0800420868
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
078682879
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
Ngatea
078677189
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
078685099
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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  • Kopu Station Hotel, Thames, The Coromandel
    Sat 2 Nov 2019 7:00PM / Reggae
    New Management are on a mission to make Kopu Great Again! In doing so we have booked a great line up of events to kick start you summer here on the peninsula. The second of November we have Rootz Konekt joining the ... more
  • Kopu Station Hotel, Thames, The Coromandel
    Sat 16 Nov 2019 8:00PM / Country
    We are pleased to introduce the winner of The Voice Australia 2017 Judah Kelly to New Zealand. Emerging from the nationwide success of winning the 2017 series of The Voice Australia and the release of his debut album ... more
  • The Refinery, Paeroa, Hauraki
    Fri 25 Oct 2019 8:00PM / Variety Concerts
    The Nukes. Aotearoa’s/NZ’s most beloved and enduring ‘original ukulele trio’. It was 30 months ago that the Nukes last visited as one of the first musical acts hosted by the Refinery ...returning with a new ... more
  • The Refinery, Paeroa, Hauraki
    Fri 8 Nov 2019 7:30PM / Food, Gourmet, Wine
    Join saucy gourmet Peta Mathias as she shares dark and delicious love stories from her new book; Eat Your Heart Out. ‘All you need is love,’ sang the Beatles. Right now, in a world of hate speech, online bullying ... more
  • Waihi Memorial RSA, Waihi, The Coromandel
    Sun 27 Oct 2019 7:00PM / Covers, Tribute Bands
    Golden medallions, steaming disco boots, flares, discotheque mania: the Bee Gees are the icons of this magic era, firmly cemented into our minds as the men of “Night Fever.” This is all brought back to realistic life ... more
  • Waihi Beach Hotel, Waihi Beach, Bay of Plenty
    Sun 27 Oct 2019 7:00PM / Covers, Tribute Bands
    This show features Kerry Adams up front leading his full professional band, with his trademark Dylan influenced vocals, seductive guitar playing and dark thoughtful songs that will leave you in awe. The first part of ... more
  • Huntly College, Huntly, North Waikato
    Sat 26 Oct 2019 8:00PM / Games, Hobbies
    Show & Shine for anything on wheels. more
  • Waihi Beach Hotel, Waihi Beach, Bay of Plenty
    Sat 9 Nov 2019 8:00PM / Singer-Songwriter
    The Waihi Beach Hotel present Tiki Taane performing his One Man Band show! Renowned as much for his powerful, headlining live performances as he is for the anthems he writes and produces, Tiki's extraordinary ... more
  • Boyd Park, Te Aroha, Matamata-Piako
    Fri 1 Nov 2019 6:00PM / Fun Runs & Walks
    Back for 2019 ! This is a great event for the whole family, parents & caregivers can run/walk with their kids and join in the fun. There will be music, colour, fun obstacles, spot prizes and food and drinks for sale. ... more
  • Half Pint Pottery, Papakura, Auckland
    Sun 17 Nov 2019 10:30AM / Family & Lifestyle
    Make your own Christmas presents in this full-day workshop held at Half Pint Pottery, a boutique pottery studio in the beautiful setting of Hunua Gorge. In this workshop, you can make a large bowl, small dishes, candle ... more
  • The Arts Junction, Katikati, Bay of Plenty
    Fri 15 Nov 2019 7:30PM / Blues
    A bluesy musical trip that stretches from late 1800's America through the music of Elizabeth Cotton, Robert Johnson, Django Reinhardt and Woody Guthrie to contemporary Americana and the band's original songs. THE BAY ... more
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