Thames Must Do

Thames Coastal walk way

Thames has a unique walk in the hear of the city. A lovely short walk along the coast line taking in scenic views across the Thames Estuary. What makes this walk special is the art along the way. Colourful fences and sculptures and clever steel sculptures. Is very worth while taking a morning walk or a sunset stroll to explore the walk way and it’s very Thames art pieces


A passionate team of kiwis have created the most exciting adventure on the Coromandel Peninsular, Canyonz. Located close to Thames in the Kauaranga Valley. A Canyon tour is a descent over 300 meter down a steep set of waterfalls involving abseils, natural water slides and a leap of faith over 14 meters high into pool.
Safety is paramount so there is plenty of guidance and instructions from Professional guides. Locally owned and operated adventure


Weekly market with stalls offering Fresh vegetables and produce, flowers and local arts and crafts. Thames local market has been running since 1995 every Saturday from 8am to 12pm


Thames is steeped in Goldmine history. European missionaries and tradersĀ  first discovered gold in Thames in August 1867. This initial mine produced over 100,00 oz in bullion since that first discovery. Thames was a booming town over this period with at one stage the largest population in New Zealand with over 18,000 people and over 100 hotels!. Today the Thames population isĀ  under 10,000.

The Gold mine experience is a non profit organisation helping preserve the history of this important part of Thames history. Open everyday from 10am to 1pm you will be met by enthusiastic local volunteers excited to share stories of Gold Mining in Thames. Admission $15 for Adults and $5 for children