A historical town situated 1.5 hours' drive from Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga, Thames is located between the Firth of Thames and the majestic ranges of The Coromandel. Thames is a gateway to The Coromandel, but it is much more than a waypoint, rather a destination with many faces. As one of our oldest towns, it is rich in stories that we have inherited from the past, with much that we value and enjoy in the present. A ‘crafty’ town, Thames is proud of its heritage and is connected to the natural environment with an expansive bush wilderness as its backdrop. There are also many delightful shops here with local produce, art and friendly service.

Follow the Thames Coast Road north to experience a stretch of Pohutukawa-fringed shoreline interspersed with coastal villages, garden retreats, classic old dairies and other attractions awaiting those willing to take a more relaxed pace.

Stay & Explore Interesting Thames

The Coromandel is a renowned outdoor haven where rugged terrain meets idyllic coastline. The town of Thames is no exception, with its spectacular Pinnacles walk set in the Kauaeranga Valley to the sheltered and abundant waters of the Hauraki Gulf. Rich in gold and kauri history, the museums, stamper batteries and heritage experiences tell the stories of the glory days of Thames to its present day reputation as a bustling rural hub and charming old-world treasure.