Welcome to Thames!

in the spectacular Coromandel Peninsula, New Zealand

Thames is a historical New Zealand town situated between the calm waters of the Firth of Thames and the majestic ranges of the Coromandel Peninsula in New Zealand. Thames is a great place to base yourself when visiting the Coromandel Peninsula. Most places on the Coromandel are within 1 to 1.5 hours drive from the township and of course there's lots to keep you busy - whether you enjoy browsing through our numerous and varied speciality shops, delving into Thames' colourful history, participating in some of our sporting activities or experiencing our beautiful forests and coastlines.

Thames Natural Attractions

Walk or tramp through the lush green native bush of the Kauaeranga Valley

Enjoy the beautiful Thames coastline while collecting (kai moana - seafood) fresh seafood

Soar the skies above the Thames Valley, township and firth

Bike or walk the Thames coastal walkway enjoy the variety of birdlife and beautiful art work you, that will discover along the way

Learn about, and experience Thames as a historic goldmining town.

Local Events

There's so much to see and do in Thames. With local events happening all the time, there's never a dull moment! So make sure to check out our Events Calendar and see what's happening next!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday,05 Oct 2013 

Looking for great walking tracks?

The Kauaeranga Valley lies in the hills just behind Thames and offers extensive walking tracks and camping opportunities as well as some of the more adventurous activities that the Peninsula has to offer. The Thames Coast, a beautiful stretch of scenic coastline just north of Thames, also offers a variety of activities and accommodation and is a great place to do a spot of fishing. Find out more

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The History of Thames

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Maori settled in the area as early as the 15th century. Gold was discovered in 1867 and from that period the town was developed. Milling of Kauri forests was a large industry at the turn of the century. Fishing was also very important. When the gold mining and Kauri logging industries began to decline other ways of gaining income were initiated with the draining of the Hauraki Plains for farming in the 1930s. Find out more

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Local Events

Devonshire Tea at the Centre

10/10/2014

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Hauraki Festival

18/10/2014

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Making Props with Polystyrene

22/11/2014

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Open Day BBQ & Garage Sale

08/10/2014

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Rock and Mineral Market

15/11/2014

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Concrete Sculpture Workshop

06/12/2014

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Thames save the children fun run!

16/11/2014

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Every Saturday Thames Markets

05/10/2013

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Wearable Arts Show

29/11/2014

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Discover Your Inner Poet

30/11/2014

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Maskmaking

15/11/2014

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Pohutakawa Wearable Arts Festival!

01/11/2014

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Thames Art Festival

21/11/2014

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Creative Communities Body Painting & Ado

22/11/2014

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Quilt Show

24/10/2014

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Thames Arts Festival - Beside the Seasid

21/11/2014

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Rapaura Water Gardens Open Day

01/11/2014

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Steampunk Accessory Making Workshop

19/11/2014

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Haunted Library

31/10/2014

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New Zealand Guitar Quartet

08/11/2014

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Thames Santa Parade

06/12/2014

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Heritage Week Trolley Derby

14/03/2015

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Gareth Edwards on his Mad Love Tour

11/10/2014

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New Zealand Festival of MindSports 2015

30/05/2015

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Concrete Sculpture Workshop

07/12/2014

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New Zealand Festival of MindSports 2015

05/06/2015

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Steam Punk Circus Dance Party

06/12/2014

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Heritage Week Fashion Extravaganza

16/03/2015

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Thames Gold Rush Market Day

07/01/2015

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Wish 4 Fish - Charity Fishing Competitio

18/10/2014

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'A Post Card from Thames

02/12/2014

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Thames Haunted House

01/11/2014

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Creative Communities Body Painting & Ado

21/11/2014

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Joy Adams

16/10/2014

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