Things To Do

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Butterfly & Orchid Garden

Take the time and enter this little wonder world, full of the most beautiful butterflies. Enjoy peace and magic while exploring our exotic garden. Follow a winding garden path and reach a splashing waterfall. Discover New Zealand birds and stroll amongst beautiful orchids, waterlilies and other flowers while butterflies flutter...

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Canyonz

Canyonz is ranked one of the top activities in New Zealand on Tripadvisor.com and received a certificate of excellence three years in a row. This is truly Canyoning New Zealand style! Perhaps the biggest, most exciting and challenging adventure activity in New Zealand.

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Goldmine Experience

The Goldmine Experience is a guided tour which takes you through operating 19th century gold-mining machinery, run by volunteer enthusiasts, and underground into one of the richest goldmines of the time. See efforts to restore steam and water-powered engines, a large photo display of early hotels and mines and try...

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Goldminers Database

The Thames Goldfield was administered from the Gold Commissioner James Mckay's tent, and then in a more permanent office at Shortland, presided over by the Assistant Commissioner of the Goldfield of Thames, Mr Allen Baillie. A smaller office at Coromandel was opened later.

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Grahamstown Markets

For more than 20 years Thames Market is going stronger than ever every Saturday!

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Historic Kopu Bridge

The Historic Kopu Bridge was built in 1928 and has Heritage NZ’s highest possible ranking for a historic place, Category 1. The bridge is unique as it is the longest single lane bridge in NZ and also the last remaining operational swing bridge in NZ.

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Hoffman’s Pool

Hoffman's Pool is the perfect place to relax for a picnic and an afternoon swim.  A short nature walk through the bush will lead you to this beautiful spot, with information panels along the way introducing you to the valley’s native trees and shrubs.

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Jeanne-Marie Cantereau

Jeanne-Marie Cantereau is an outdoor painter and her favourite medium is watercolour with a "loose representational" style.  Jeanne-Marie leads a group of Watercolourists in Thames and offers periodic formal workshops and personal tuition in Thames and the Coromandel Peninsula.She regularly holds solo and shared exhibitions.

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Jolly Bikes

Jolly Bikes is a rental service for electric assisted bicycles (e-bikes). Their bikes enable you to cycle longer distances with less effort. Range is 35 - 75 km depending on the chosen degree of support. They are happy to give you tour recommendations.

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KRDesigNZ

Kathryn and Ian are semi retired and love living in Thames on the beautiful Coromandel Peninsula.

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Kauaeranga Visitor Centre

The Kauaeranga Visitor Centre is the entrance point to the beautiful Kaueranga Valley in the Coromandel Forest Park.

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Legionaire Fishing Charters

Welcome aboard Legionaire Fishing Charters based in Thames. Your fully licensed skipper is Bob Reriti who is a highly experienced fisherman having spent many years fishing the waters of the Thames and Coromandel coastline.

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Miranda Hot Springs

Relax at Miranda Hot Springs in their thermally heated fresh mineral water. Centrally located, they have three pools to suit all swimmers.

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Quintessential Fine Art Studio

Quintessential Fine Art + Photography + Design Studio is located in Thames on the Coromandel Peninsula representing works of art by ceramic artist, sculptor and designer, Terri Alexander Quinn and her partner, acclaimed documentary photographer, Peter James Quinn. Terri trained at the Nelson Art & Design School majoring in Ceramic Design...

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Saint George's Historic Church

Welcome to Saint Georges Thames. A remnant of the Goldfields of the Coromandel Peninsula, Saint Georges Thames stands as a witness to a time when Thames was bigger than Auckland, supplied the Auckland province with food! and had around 30,000 people living and working in the borough.

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Saint James Church

This historic place was registered under the Historic Places Act 1980. The following text is the original citation considered by the NZHPT Board at the time of registration.

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Sky Works Helicopter

The magical Coromandel Peninsula is a special part of New Zealand. Its spectacular scenery of picturesque coastlines, mountainous interiors and native forest provide many scenic splendours.

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Snapper Express Fishing Charter

Snapper Express Fishing Charters has been operating for 5 years out of Waikawau boat ramp 20 min north from Thames. 

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Sola Cafe Exhibitions

Over the years Sola Cafe has hosted many great art exhibitions and art events. The space is vibrantly coloured and is a great backdrop for local artists to showcase their work. With the large flow of people in and out of the cafe their work gets maximum exposure which is...

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Thames Charters

Trev (the skipper) has 30 years experience fishing on the Firth of Thames and knows the local fishing spots. 

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Thames Mountain Bike Club

The Thames Mountain Bike Club trails are open! The passionate team at the club have been working hard to create a network of mountain bike trails in the hills north of Thames.

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Thames Museum

Come and take a look at the rich history the town of Thames has to offer.

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Thames School of Mines

In the 1880s, 30 Schools of Mines were opened around the country to provide practical instruction to goldminers. The Thames School of Mines was the largest and one of the longest-surviving.

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Thames Small Gauge Railway

Miniature Train rides for families along 900 meters of track running along the picturesque Thames foreshore, only $2.00 per ride for those 3 years old and over. Group bookings any time, by prior arrangement.

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Thames Society of Arts

The Thames Society of Arts offers a stunning collection of paintings from award winning New Zealand artists, a splendid collection of ceramic, fibre, wood and other works. Certainly worth a visit.

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Thames Walking Tours

If you are interested in a guided tour Thames Walking Tours is by appointment only.  They offer guided tours of Thames, plus research, compile and publish aspects of Thames history; support Thames heritage community; public speaking; research; edit and produce heritage newsletters; run gold panning service and more.  

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The Bounty Store

A BOUNTIFUL collection of art and craft.  Inhabiting an 1896 building towards the North end of historic Thames, on the Coromandel Peninsula of New Zealand's North Island, the building that now houses Bounty was once the first boot maker's store in Thames.Today, Bounty is a contemporary design store and gallery showcasing...

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The Depot

The Depot is a world class complex in a hertiage area of Thames.  

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The Mineralogical Museum

The Mineralogical Museum is located at the Thames School of Mines and it holds one of the best collections in the Southern Hemisphere.  With over 3000 specimens at the museum, including fossils from New Zealand and abroad, this museum is definitely worth a visit.Guided tours bring this special place to life with captivating stories about...

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The Treasury

The Treasury is housed in a historic building of national and international interest. The team at The Treasury collect and preserve records, photos and maps about the people and places of the old goldfields region, and make them available to visitors who are researching their family or the history of...

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Top Shelf Charters

Top Shelf Fishing Charters provide an excellent day out fishing which is a lot of fun for families and anglers alike. Rods, Bait, tackle and light refreshments supplied. As they cater for smaller groups, one on one tuition can be provided.

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