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 and enjoy the variety of birdlife
Learn about, and experience Thames as a historic goldmining town.
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!
The website for the 2014 Mind Sports Festival is now live! The festival will be held in Thames from 28th February to 2nd March 2014. Follow this link:
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
Select the image to watch a video on Thames and the greater Coromandel Peninsula
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