Thames ( ( listen)) (Māori: Hauraki) is a town at the southwestern end of the Coromandel Peninsula in New Zealand's North Island. It is located on the Firth of Thames close to the mouth of the Waihou River. The town is the seat of the Thames-Coromandel District Council. The Māori iwi are Ngāti Maru, who are descendants of Marutuahu's son Te Ngako. Ngāti Maru is part of the Ngati Marutuahu confederation of tribes or better known as Hauraki Iwi. Many people migrated to Thames at its peak, and it was soon the second-largest city in New Zealand (the largest being Dunedin then Auckland). However, as the gold began to diminish, so did the number of inhabitants, and although Thames never shrank, it has never grown much either. It is still the biggest town on the Coromandel. The population in the 2006 census was 6,756, an increase of 51 since 2001. Until 2016, a historical oak tree that was planted by Governor George Grey stood on the corner of Grey and Rolleston streets.
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The Treasury is well-named. It will provide safe storage for the records and stories of the people of the old goldfields region - Thames, Coromandel, Tokatea, Kuaotunu, Whitianga, Tairua, Whangamata, Waihi, Waikino, Karangahake, Paeroa, Te Aroha, and the Hauraki Plains. Finding the stories about your early family is very rewarding. We will make this as interesting and as easy as we can for you. Our collection includes books, photos, maps, plans, letters, certificates, genealogies, oral histories, Commemoration Pages, the Pioneer Family Register. We will provide indexes to help make your research quicker. A research officer will answer enquiries for you if you are unable to visit us.
Today, a visit to Thames School of Mines opens the book on early New Zealand history, starting with the chief Te Apurangi whose descendants lie in the sacred urupā. The original education buildings look (and smell!) much the same as they did in the past, and feature authentic period equipment and laboratories. The Mineralogical Museum holds one of the best collections in the Southern Hemisphere, with more than 3000 specimens which include fossils from both New Zealand and abroad.
Guided tours bring this special site to life with captivating stories about the Hauraki area’s people and places. A few minutes’ walk from the centre of town, the Thames School of Mines is also an excellent venue for school or group tours, and a great place to start your exploration of the Thames and other historic Hauraki gold fields.
A guided tour takes you through an operational 19th century Stamper Battery and into one of the richest goldmines of the time.
A self-guided tour allows you to explore the photographic museum, view a video presentation, discover mining relics and see steam-powered machines.
Try your luck at gold panning!
Step through the doors of the Thames Museum and step back in time; discover varied elements that went into the creation of the iconic town that is the heart of the Coromandel Peninsula. Inside you will find rooms that depict how our ancestors lived, from a miners hut, through to the comforts and luxury of Victorian rooms. Enlighten and enjoy, a whole family experience.
• A self-contained motorhome camping zone is located in the middle parking bay on the western side of the carpark at Danby Field (Queen Street SH25 in Thames) • This location will accommodate up to 15 self-contained motorhomes • Only self contained vehicles that can show they comply with NZS 5465:2001 will be permitted; • A maximum of two nights stay; site to be vacated by 9am • Persons must move at the request of an authorised officerVisit Danby Field
This is a new Thames-Coromandel District Council designated freedom campsite. Self contained vehicles (that can show they comply with NZS 5465:2001) can stay here for a maximum of two consecutive nights, departing no latter than 9am.Visit Brown Street Carparks
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