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!

 

 

 

 

 



Cheese making with Katherine Mowbray 

Saturday,21 Jun 2014 

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

discover our stories

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

Breeches, Bonnet and Big balls

09/07/2014

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Steam Punk Circus Dance Party

06/12/2014

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Tairua School Wine & Food Festival

04/01/2014

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The Main Artery

22/11/2013

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GBD Wine Club Event!

25/06/2014

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Thames Arts Festival - Beside the Seasid

21/11/2014

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Thames Arts Festival Concluding Rituals

08/12/2013

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Thames' Arts Trail

22/11/2013

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Shop Window Display Competition

15/03/2014

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A PLANK OR TWO mixed media by Marie Robi

22/11/2013

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The City of Auckland Singers

09/06/2013

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Liquid Visions Photographic Exhibition

22/11/2013

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"Bring Out Your Ball Gowns"

31/03/2014

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'The Big Meltdown

17/04/2014

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The Art of Environment

22/11/2013

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New Zealand Dotterel Management Course

03/09/2013

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Beyondsemble

09/11/2013

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Santa Photos

12/12/2013

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The Art of Real Food

30/11/2013

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Open Day BBQ & Garage Sale

08/10/2014

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Totally Thames AGM

06/08/2014

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Stampin Up! Open Craft Day

14/09/2013

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Gold Panning

09/07/2014

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Parawai Market Day

26/06/2014

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The Waterworks Free Entry Day!

29/06/2014

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Sound Workshop (for beginners)

28/11/2013

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Free Family Fun Day

07/12/2013

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Thames Markets

05/10/2013

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Surf2Firth Half and Full Bush Marathon

15/03/2014

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Victorian Fete

15/03/2014

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Collaging Workshop with Marie Robinson

26/11/2013

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Paeroa to Thames on the Rail Trail

08/09/2013

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Matariki 2014

04/07/2014

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Heritage Festival 2014 Meeting

04/11/2013

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Transition cafe 'All under the sun'

17/06/2014

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Concrete Sculpture Workshop Day 1

30/11/2013

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Collaging Workshop with Marie Robinson

03/12/2013

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So So Gangsta

21/09/2014

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Santiago Canon Valencia!

06/07/2014

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Korowai Making (Feathered Cloaks)

01/02/2014

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Old Time Music Hall

16/03/2014

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Kauaeranga Hall – Wheel of Experience

03/05/2014

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Thames Rugby and Sports Club Trivia!

27/06/2014

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Steam Punk Body Art Workshop and Show

22/11/2013

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A Winter's Song and Dance

21/06/2014

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St Francis School Irish Fling

17/03/2014

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Creative Communities Body Painting & Ado

22/11/2014

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Snapper One Review Public Discussion

07/08/2013

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Thames MAD Presents 'Mayhem in Melodium'

13/06/2014

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DAYLIGHT SAVINGS STARTS

29/09/2013

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Sue Nicholson - Answers

18/09/2013

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New Zealand Festival of MindSports 2015

30/05/2015

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Ohinemuri Singers!

02/08/2014

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Rendezvous Barbershop Quartet

27/06/2014

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Duo Jackson

10/11/2013

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Thames Markets

13/07/2013

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Hauraki Country Music - Veali & Ivari

19/10/2013

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Rock and Mineral Market

15/11/2014

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ANZAC Day Civic Parade

25/04/2014

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Doug Asby @ Kauaeranga DoC

15/09/2013

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Thames i-Site and information Centre AGM

03/09/2014

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Thames Races Interislander Summer Festiv

04/01/2014

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The Brew Presents Tom Batchelor!

07/08/2014

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Thames School Gymsport Festival!

01/07/2014

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Cranleigh K2 Cycle Event

02/11/2013

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Not in Our Neighbourhood

21/11/2013

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Pohutakawa Wearable Arts Festival!

01/11/2014

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Gold Panning

10/07/2014

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FAT Night!

05/08/2014

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Show Must Go On

09/08/2013

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Kauaeranga Hall – The Eastern and Reb

13/07/2014

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Wish 4 Fish - Charity Fishing Competitio

18/10/2014

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Quilt Show

24/10/2014

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Fruit tree Planting

02/08/2014

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Kauaeranga Hall – The Land Girls Live

03/12/2013

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Rapaura Water Gardens Open Day

01/11/2014

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“Oh the Places You’ll Go…”

22/11/2013

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New Zealand Mindsports Festival

28/02/2014

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Picnic In The Park

16/11/2013

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Thames MAD Presents 'Mayhem in Melodium'

08/06/2014

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Thames Santa Parade

07/12/2013

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Thames AGLOW

27/06/2014

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Thames Country Music Festival

15/03/2014

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Heritage Week Fashion Extravaganza

16/03/2015

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Whitianga Scallop Festival

06/09/2014

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Family Violence Meeting

08/05/2014

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Opera in the dark!

01/08/2014

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Thames Small Gauge Railway Open Weekend

15/02/2014

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Thames Santa Parade

06/12/2014

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Heritage Festival Opening Day Parade

15/03/2014

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Gold Panning

01/05/2014

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Saint Georges Choral Concert

01/12/2013

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Latin Dance Party

06/12/2013

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Thames i-SITE Information Centre AGM

23/10/2013

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Concrete Sculpture Workshop

07/12/2014

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Doug Ashby at Kauaeranga DoC

08/09/2013

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Thames Art Festival

21/11/2014

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Thames Haunted House

01/11/2014

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sKIDS School Holiday Programme

30/09/2013

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Mad group quiz night

27/06/2014

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The Concert of St George’s Church

22/11/2013

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Comedy Night at the GBD

30/11/2013

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Ukes on Fire!

01/08/2014

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Ronald McDonald, Birdie, Hamburglar & Gr

12/10/2013

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Hauraki Country Music

16/11/2013

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Operation Cover Up Blanket Display

08/08/2014

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Thames MAD Presents 'Mayhem in Melodium'

07/06/2014

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Thames Gold Rush Market Day

07/01/2015

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Gareth Edwards on his Mad Love Tour

11/10/2014

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Thames Seaside Arts Festival P.M.

13/08/2013

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Dance Education Centre Dance Showcase 20

30/11/2013

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Saint Georges Choral Concert

30/11/2013

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sKids School Holiday Programme

07/10/2013

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Emergency Services Ball

13/07/2013

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Thames Coast Storytelling Trail

15/03/2014

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Community Consultation Meeting

05/09/2013

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New Zealand Guitar Quartet

08/11/2014

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Christmas at the Races

27/11/2013

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The Great Gumboot Exhibition

06/06/2014

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Gilbert and Sullivan Festival

10/05/2014

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The Auckland Saxophone Quartet

16/03/2014

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Hauraki Festival

18/10/2014

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'A Post Card from Thames

02/12/2014

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Denise Norton 'A Tase of Broadway'

27/05/2014

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The wonder program

23/06/2014

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A Personal Invitation To Christmas Lunch

25/12/2013

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Destination Coromandel Meet & Gtreet

16/05/2014

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Zonta Club BOOKARAMA

06/09/2014

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Give blood and save lives!

11/08/2014

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Thames AGLOW

27/06/2014

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“The Wharf” Poetry and Photography C

22/11/2013

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Te Puru Flower Show

09/11/2013

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Concrete Sculpture Workshop

06/12/2014

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Steampunk Accessory Making Workshop

19/11/2014

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Concert with Great North

29/08/2013

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Seagull Centre Sculpture Competition and

22/11/2013

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Thames South School Family Day Out

10/11/2013

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Free Lunchtime Concert

27/09/2013

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Creedence Clearwater Revival tribute sho

19/07/2014

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Kuranui Masquerade

30/11/2013

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Thames Library Short Story Competition

15/03/2014

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Old Time Music Hall

14/03/2014

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Old Time Music Hall

15/03/2014

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TOWER Tutus on Tour - Royal NZ Ballet

02/11/2013

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Thames South School Short Film Festival

20/09/2013

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Meonstoke House and Garden - a Hidden tr

24/11/2013

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The Outlook for someday

03/06/2014

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John Rowles Live with Karl Benton

11/10/2013

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Beach Installations with Deva and Marie

24/11/2013

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Making Props with Polystyrene

22/11/2014

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Coromandel Watchdog Quiz Night

16/05/2014

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Devonshire Tea at the Centre

10/10/2014

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Heritage Week Trolley Derby

14/03/2015

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Maskmaking

15/11/2014

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CANCELLED **Wearable Arts Show** CANCELL

23/11/2013

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Beside the Seaside Arts and Crafts Marke

01/12/2013

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Give Blood

16/09/2013

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Thames Gold Rush Market Day

08/01/2014

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The Mellowtones free concert!

25/07/2014

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Coromandel classic multisport

22/08/2014

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Thames MAD Presents 'Mayhem in Melodium'

12/06/2014

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Gold Panning

06/07/2014

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Thames Wedding Show

02/11/2013

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Big Latch On!

01/08/2014

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21st Annual Thames Save The Children Fun

17/11/2013

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Thames MAD Presents 'Mayhem in Melodium'

14/06/2014

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Operation Cover Up Blanket Display!

09/08/2014

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Wearable Arts Show

29/11/2014

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Joy Adams

16/10/2014

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Community Quiz Night

04/10/2013

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'Boost your profit

21/05/2014

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Boom City Live at the GBD

14/12/2013

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Sad But True

16/02/2014

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Hauraki Plains Rural Show

09/11/2013

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Thames Hauraki Ballet Theatre Presents W

07/12/2013

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Loven and Mark

15/10/2014

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The Coromandel's Got Talet **Auditions**

10/05/2013

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Fire and ice party

21/06/2014

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Maratoto Challenge

09/11/2013

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Colouring Competiton

17/04/2014

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Paeroa's 21st Highland Games & Tattoo

08/02/2014

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Thames save the children fun run!

16/11/2014

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Voice & Vocal Workshop

04/12/2013

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FreNZ 2014

06/02/2014

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Coromandel's 1st ever music month hit di

01/06/2014

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Hauraki Rail Trail - 15 Ways To Help You

28/08/2013

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Santa Fun Run

06/12/2013

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New Zealand Festival of MindSports 2015

05/06/2015

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Graphic Dymensions

22/11/2013

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Give Blood

17/09/2013

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Thames South School Short Film

18/09/2013

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Kopu Beerfest

31/05/2014

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Gold Panning

24/04/2014

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Underfoot Gallery

22/11/2013

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Christmas Carol Sing-a-long

20/12/2013

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Thames Races - Interislander Summer Fest

04/01/2014

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Haunted Library

31/10/2014

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Thames Enthusiastic Amateurs Arts & Craf

02/12/2013

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Discover Your Inner Poet

30/11/2014

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Mid-Winter Christmas Charity Party

21/06/2014

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Thames Heritage Market

15/03/2014

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Cheese making with Katherine Mowbray

21/06/2014

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Creative Communities Body Painting & Ado

21/11/2014

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GBD End of Summer Beach Party

28/03/2014

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Ford Thunderbirds on Display

26/10/2013

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Rocky Rhodes

31/12/2013

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Bosty Bash

21/06/2014

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Rock and Mineral Market

16/11/2013

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Paeroa Lions Fireworks Display

02/11/2013

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Thames South School Kapa Haka

25/11/2013

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Te Puru Creative Kidz

22/11/2013

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Free Lunchtime Concert

23/08/2013

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Hauraki Country Music

21/09/2013

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Songwriters Unite

28/11/2013

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Bella Kalolo & Band - AOTNZ National Tou

06/10/2013

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Comedy @ The GBD

07/09/2013

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Thames MAD Presents 'Mayhem in Melodium'

11/06/2014

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Concrete Sculpture Workshop Day 2

01/12/2013

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Hamilton Country Bluegrass Band and Art

29/03/2014

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Quiz Night - Thames Fire Brigade in aid

09/05/2014

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Guitara Guitara Concert

07/12/2013

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Denise Norton Live!

01/07/2014

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Rocky Horrow Picture Show

29/11/2013

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Meet The Thames TCDC Candidates

28/09/2013

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Transition cafe

22/07/2014

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Thames Society of Arts - RE-OPENING

06/09/2013

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Thames Harries Walkway Fun Run

25/05/2014

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