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!

 

 

 

 

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

 


The History of Thames

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Maori peoples settled in the area as early as the 15th century. The opening of the Thames Gold Field Gold in 1867 saw the establishment of what would become the Town of Thames. 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

Heroes Holiday Programme - Superheroes

08/04/2015

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Heroes Holiday Programme - Everyday Hero

14/04/2015

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The Way We Were Lecture @ The Treasury

21/03/2015

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High Tea at The Civic Fashion Extravagan

16/03/2015

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ECHO Walking Festival - THE ROCKIES

09/04/2015

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Haydn's Mass In Time Of War

29/11/2014

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Paeroa Highland Games & Tattoo

14/02/2015

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Thames Citizens Band

21/03/2015

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Surf 2 Firth Bush Marathon

14/03/2015

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New Zealand Festival of MindSports 2015

05/06/2015

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Hauraki Waka Experience

21/03/2015

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Heritage Church Service

15/03/2015

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Saint George's Traditional Evensong

15/03/2015

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Thames Fast 25s

26/04/2015

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Bicycle Excursion to The Cheese Barn

15/03/2015

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Tribute To The ANZACs

13/03/2015

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NZ Chamber Soloists Concert

16/11/2014

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Heritage Festival Other Events

14/03/2015

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Tribute To The ANZACs

17/03/2015

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Cafe Melbourne Dinner

20/03/2015

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Christmas At The Library

15/12/2014

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THAMES SANTA PARADE

06/12/2014

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The Way We Were Lecture @ The Treasury

17/03/2015

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Colville Connection

21/02/2015

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The Way We Were Lecture @ The Treasury

18/03/2015

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An Evening @ The Treasury

18/03/2015

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STREET CARNIVAL

22/11/2014

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Christmas In The Civic

07/12/2014

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Te Radar's Historical Nuggets

20/03/2015

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Victorian Fete

21/03/2015

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Heroes Holiday Programme - ANZAC Heroes

16/04/2015

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Thames ANZAC Dawn Parade

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Find Your Family @ The Treasury

19/03/2015

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Harbour & River Cruise

14/03/2015

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Tribute To The ANZACs

14/03/2015

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Harbour & River Cruise

17/03/2015

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The Way We Were Lecture @ The Treasury

19/03/2015

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Thames ANZAC Dawn Parade

25/04/2015

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Tribute To The ANZACs

15/03/2015

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Totally Thames Trolley Derby

14/03/2015

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Cars In The Park

14/03/2015

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Heritage Festival Railway/Tea

14/03/2015

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Shortland Walks with Graham Robinson

15/03/2015

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Christmas Lunch

25/12/2014

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New Zealand Festival of MindSports 2015

30/05/2015

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Kopu Bridge Tours & Opening

15/03/2015

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Thames ANZAC Civic Parade

25/04/2015

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Vintage Military Vehicles Parade

11/04/2015

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The Way We Were Lecture @ The Treasury

16/03/2015

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Shortland Walks with Graham Robinson

17/03/2015

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Thames i-SITE Christmas Appeal

08/12/2014

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William Hall Arboretum Guided Tour

21/03/2015

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The Way We Were Lecture @ The Treasury

20/03/2015

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Haydn's Mass In Time Of War

30/11/2014

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Harbour & River Cruise

16/03/2015

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Thames Races

03/01/2015

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Thames Market

31/01/2015

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