Thames, New Zealand

The town of Thames is located on the south western end of the Coromandel Peninsula on New Zealand's North Island.  The town was formed in 1874 as a result of joining Grahamstown and Shortland.  When the former was found to have substantial gold mining opportunities, the latter declined in popularity and this lead to the two joining together.  Today, Thames is easily the most popular town in the area with most visitors to the Peninsula reserving their accommodation here before exploring neighbouring parts.

Natural attractions in Thames

The native greenery is a top attraction for visitors and there's nothing like walking through the Kauaeranga Valley and enjoying the fresh air and nature at its best.

The local coastline is another top spot for tourists and locals alike.  With the ocean well within reach, it's understandable that people will want to breathe in some fresh sea air, enjoy the view and get a feel for the water.

There are also some local companies that offer flights so that visitors can explore their surroundings from above.  Nothing puts life in perspective more than a fantastic aerial view.

The Thames Coastal Walkway is the perfect spot for a walk or bike ride.  Take it at your own pave and keep an eye out for the local bird life. 

Things to do in Thames

There are a number of interesting museums in the town.  The Thames Historical Museum is usually the top on everyone's list and is the perfect place to learn more about the fascinating history of Thames and the people that helped develop the town into what it is today.

If you enjoy art and would like to have a look at some of the works by local artists, make sure that you visit the Thames Society of Arts.

There are also quite a few arts and crafts shops in the town.  The Bounty Art and Craft is one of the most popular due to its wide selection and the historical importance of the building itself.  The shop once belonged to the first boot maker in Thames.

While enjoying a real getaway in Thames, many tourists take the time to frequent nearby towns and other New Zealand attractions.  With so many arts and crafts shops, it will be really easy for you to find the perfect souvenir or even some gifts for friends and family back home!  What better way to remember your trip than by displaying a memorable trinket?