Issued 28th Jan 2023 and as at 7th Feb 2023 - The Coromandel has experienced a severe weather event, with a state of emergency declared on 3 Feb 2023. As a result, SH25a and the Tapu Coroglen roads have been closed. Some local DOC campsites are also closed. Please take care in and around the region and keep up to date through the following agencies. Driving times and routes can be found here.
Thames marked the birthday of King Edward VII by opening both Victoria Reserve and the Coronation Band Rotunda on November 10, 1902. The foundation stone of the Troopers [South African War] Memorial was laid on the same day. The park was named in honour of Edward VIIs mother, Queen Victoria, and at one time the southern section was named for his father, Prince Albert. It was hoped Victoria Reserve would create a good impression to visitors arriving at the nearby Grahamstown Railway Station, which no longer exists. This place is also wahi tapu [sacred space] for the people of Ngati Maru.