Things to do in the Thames area

The majestic Kauaeranga Valley in the Coromandel Forest Park is just 20 minutes from the town centre. The Valley offers an opportunity to explore scenic native bush and sparkling streams and rivers. With 22 different tracks to choose from, and options range from 10 minute easy walks through to full day and overnight tramps.

From Thames you may access numerous safe swimming beaches along the Thames Coast, which is lined with beautiful pohutukawa trees. These areas are ideal for picnics, barbecues, fishing, surfcasting, kayaking, and social gatherings.

Other places of interest include the bird hide, Small Gauge Railway, Tropical Butterfly House, Ngatea Water Gardens, Matatoki Cheese Farm, Piako Ostrich Farm, Miranda Hot Pools and Wilderness Gems. With all there is to see and do in Thames you'll need to rest and refuel, so call in for a drink and bite to eat at one of our many cafés and soak in the wonderful atmosphere in bustling Pollen Street.

Matatoki Cheese Farm

You can visit the Matatoki Cheese farm, factory & café in Matatoki, Coromandel. We make delicious wood fired pizza’s, and sell all our cheese and yoghurt on site. Watch our cheese makers work their magic, feed the farmyard animals, relax under the shade of the trees with a coffee, or taste a selection of our handmade cheeses. You will find us on the Thames-Paeroa Highway, approx 12km south of Thames on the corner of State Highway 26 and Wainui Rd, Matatoki.

Contact: Leanne
Address: State Highway 26 and Wainui Rd, Matatoki 3578
Phone: (07) 868 1284

Thames Charters

thames charters imageThe boat “Fish 4T” is a multipurpose 8m boat that can comfortably fish eight anglers. Toilet & shelter on board. Rods & bait available on request. Fish the Firth of Thames, Mussel Farms, Hauraki Gulf & Coromandel Islands. Diving, Cruising or Sightseeing also catered to. Motel pickup and drop off can be arranged. Why go to Coromandel on windy hill when you can go by water?

Contact: Trev
Address: 24 Sawmill Road, Thames 3500
Phone: (07) 868 7212 Mobile: 021 434328

Top Shelf Charters

top shelf charters imageCome fishing with us in the beautiful Firth of Thames. Fun for families and anglers alike. Located in the Thames/Coromandel area. Enjoy fishing from our spacious and fast, 7.8 metre Kiwi-Kraft, with private flushing toilet. Rods, bait, tackle and light refreshments supplied, and the boat can hold seven anglers plus skipper. One on one tuition can be provided. Skipper Paul has years of experience fishing, and is also a qualified Coast Guard skipper. Each trip takes approximately 6 hours (unless you get your limit earlier).

Contact: Paul & Carol
Postal Address: PO Box 618, Thames 3540
Ph: 07 868 2727 Mob: 021 THAMES ? (021) 842 637

Colunda Farm Tours

colunda farm imageEco-tourism - Colunda Farm Tours. Taking either small or large group bookings, Colunda Farm is an historic working hill farm overlooking the Firth of Thames. Enjoy spectacular scenery, and a tractor/trailer ride to the top.  Featuring lovely donkeys, emus, native birds, Galloway cattle, and a QE2 kauri covenant with aviary. A great educational experience in sustainable land use, tailored to your interests. Enjoy billy tea and scones (optional). Prices on application.

Contact: Jan or Gary Blake
Address: 13 Pohue Creek Road, Waiomu, RD5 Thames
Phone: 07 868 2336

Rapaura Watergardens

rapaura gardens imageRapaura is a 64 acre private estate with native trees, ferns, lily ponds and a bushwalk to a cascading waterfall, featuring self-catering boutique accommodation. ‘KORU at Rapaura’ serves home-cooked specialties and "dam" good coffee! Open seven days, 9am util 5pm; winter hours may vary. 6.5km from Tapu on the Tapu-Coroglen Rd.

Contact: Sally & Sacha Sank
Address: 586 Tapu-Coroglen Road, RD5 Thames
Phone: 07 868 4821 Fax: 07 868 4821

The Healing Energy Light Centre

healing central imageVisit our centre at the northern end of town on Pollen Street, for hypnotherapy, massage, meditation, colour therapy healing and more. All sevices are available 7 days a week, subject to availability. Brochures & prices available at the i-Site.

Contact: Bob & Jan Arnold
Address: 9 Waiokaraka Road
Post: P.O. Box 764, Thames 3540
Phone: 07 868 5204 Fax: 07 868 5924

Thames Society of Arts

thames arts imageHoused in the historic building that was once the North School, the Thames Society of Arts Gallery is definitely worth a visit. Just three minutes from town along the Thames Coast Road, the gallery displays a unique selection of high quality original works by local artists

Contact: Sarah Peck
Address: Thames Cultural Centre, Old North School, Tararu Road, Thames
Phone: 07 868 9192

Kauaeranga Valley

The Kauaeranga Valley is a highlight of the Thames region. Well worth a visit, the large forest park offers over 22 bush walks, majestic Kauri trees, stony streams, swimming holes, birdlife and an array of magnificent mountain and bush scenery. You can hike the famous pinnacles trail and feel like you are standing on top of the world with views of both coast.

Contact: Kauaeuranga Visitors Centre
Address: Thames
Phone: 07 867 9080

The Waterworks healing central image

Here you will find there is variety of things to do for all ages, stages and for those with inquistive minds!
Waterworks showcases the best of quirky Kiwi ingenuity - there is nothing like it in New Zealand nor the world! Marvel at the wooden water clock which keeps accurate time. Let your kids loose inside our human-sized hamster wheel. Take a dip in the natural swimming hole. Blast away on the wicked water cannons. Enjoy a traditional Kiwi lunch in the picnic area with BBQ facilities. Indulge in excellent food and coffee on the café deck and enjoy the natural surroundings.

Contact: Jeff
Address: 471, The 309 Road, Coromandel Town
Phone: 07 866 7191


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