Thames

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Marvel at the beauty of this town’s setting in the Coromandel Peninsula, get your heart pumping on a canyoning trip, step back into gold mining history or buy some local artwork.

Thames is nestled in between the peaks of the Coromandel Forest Park and lapping waters of the Firth of Thames. Browse this coastal settlement, once the second-largest town in New Zealand, to explore the country’s gold mining history.

Get a feel for the origins of Thames by visiting the Goldmine Experience, where volunteers will guide you through the gritty existence of early miners. The Thames School of Mines and Mineralogical Museum shows the science behind early mining and has a large mineral display.

Take a canyoning trip to Sleeping God Canyon. The expert guides at CanyoNZ will guide you through abseils, rappels, jumps and slides that will see you drop down vertically almost 1,000 feet (300 meters) through mind-blowing scenery.

Thames has mellowed from its gold rush days and these days provides a tranquil, artistic atmosphere. Discover this creative side in the town’s fascinating art and craft galleries. Purchase some artworks as a souvenir or just marvel at the skill and imagination required to produce these hand-made pieces.

Take a dip in Hoffman’s Pool or hike up to Edward’s Lookout for stunning views over the forest in the Kauaeranga Valley. For the more intrepid tramper, as Kiwis call a hiker, a trek to The Pinnacles and sleeping in a hut near the top is highly recommended.

Explore the rugged coast to the north of town driving along the winding, scenic coastal road to Coromandel Town. Stop off at the lookout points to gaze down on the dotted emerald islands and secluded bays below. Visit in the summer months to see the pōhutukawa trees come alive with masses of red flowers all along the roadside.

Finish by heading to the northern end of Thames, a colonial district that was once Grahamstown and still goes by that name today. Relax in one of its atmospheric cafés and catch the delightful Grahamstown Markets on a Saturday.

Thames is part of the scenic Coromandel Peninsula and is just 1.5 hours from Auckland by car. As a relaxing coastal town in an area where nature demands to be noticed, a visit to Thames still feels like striking gold.

Sunset Motel
Sunset Motel
3 out of 5
1017 Tararu Rd, Thames, Waikato
The price is NZ$135 per night from 6 Dec. to 6 Dec.
Situated in Thames, this apartment building is within 3 miles (5 km) of Burke Street Wharf, The Treasury and Thames Historical Museum. Goldfields Shopping Centre ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (24 reviews)
"Parking and turning areas a bit tight."

Reviewed on 18 Oct. 2021

Sunset Motel
Grafton Cottage & Chalets
Grafton Cottage & Chalets
4 out of 5
304 Grafton Road, Thames
The price is NZ$150 per night from 12 Dec. to 12 Dec.
This family-friendly Thames cottage is within 3 mi (5 km) of Goldfields Shopping Centre and Thames Historical Museum. Ngatea Water Gardens is 14.9 mi (23.9 km) ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (251 reviews)
"Fantasic telaxing place"

Reviewed on 16 Mar. 2021

Grafton Cottage & Chalets
Coastal Motor Lodge
Coastal Motor Lodge
3 out of 5
608 Tararu, South Highway 25, Thames
The price is NZ$189 per night from 5 Dec. to 5 Dec.
Situated in the historical district, this motel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Thames Historical Museum, Goldfields Shopping Centre and Thames War Memorial Civic Centre. ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (215 reviews)
"Ok"

Reviewed on 30 Jul. 2021

Coastal Motor Lodge
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Sunset Motel
Sunset Motel
3 out of 5
1017 Tararu Rd, Thames, Waikato
The price is NZ$135 per night from 6 Dec. to 6 Dec.
Situated in Thames, this apartment building is within 3 miles (5 km) of Burke Street Wharf, The Treasury and Thames Historical Museum. Goldfields Shopping Centre ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (24 reviews)
"Parking and turning areas a bit tight."

Reviewed on 18 Oct. 2021

Sunset Motel
Grafton Cottage & Chalets
Grafton Cottage & Chalets
4 out of 5
304 Grafton Road, Thames
The price is NZ$150 per night from 12 Dec. to 12 Dec.
This family-friendly Thames cottage is within 3 mi (5 km) of Goldfields Shopping Centre and Thames Historical Museum. Ngatea Water Gardens is 14.9 mi (23.9 km) ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (251 reviews)
"Fantasic telaxing place"

Reviewed on 16 Mar. 2021

Grafton Cottage & Chalets
Avalon Motel Thames
Avalon Motel Thames
3 out of 5
104 Jellicoe Crescent, Thames
The price is NZ$145 per night from 5 Dec. to 5 Dec.
Situated in Thames, this aparthotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Thames War Memorial Civic Centre, Goldfields Shopping Centre and Thames Historical Museum. The ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (133 reviews)
"Clean, quiet friendly reception"

Reviewed on 18 Jul. 2021

Avalon Motel Thames
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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