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Thames 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 . 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.HistoryOriginThames was formed from two historic towns, Grahamstown and Shortland, of which many original buildings still stand. Shortland was to the south of Thames and was founded on 27 July 1867 when James Mackay, civil commissioner for the Hauraki District, concluded an agreement with local Māori. The land was rented for mining purposes for the sum of £5,000 per year, a colossal sum in the mid 19th century. This agreement secured the rights to local mineral deposits leading to the proclamation of the Thames Goldfield on 1 August. The leasing of the land for such a huge income was a source of great envy by other Maori iwi and hapu.
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RAPAURA Watergardens ©
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Duration: 2 hours
Miranda Hot Springs ©
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Thames School of Mines and Mineralogical Museum ©
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Duration: 2 hours
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Hauraki Rail Trail ©
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4.5
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Hidden gems in Thames

Burke Street Wharf
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Burke Street Wharf
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Duration: 2 hours
Thames Historical Museum ©
History Museum
Thames Historical Museum
4.4
Duration: 2 hours
Watercolor Studio Gallery
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Watercolor Studio Gallery
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Duration: 30 minutes
Kauaeranga Kauri Trail (Pinnacles Walk)
Hiking Trail
Kauaeranga Kauri Trail (Pinnacles Walk)
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Duration: 4 hours

Museums in Thames

Thames Society of Arts ©
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Thames Society of Arts
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Duration: 30 minutes
The Treasury ©
History Museum
The Treasury
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Duration: 2h 30 min

Shopping in Thames

Thames Market
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Thames Market
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Duration: 2h 30 min
Corogate Cafe ©
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Corogate Cafe
3.4
Duration: 2 hours

Trails in Thames

Karaka Waiotahi track
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Karaka Waiotahi track
3.3
Duration: 2 hours
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Duration: 4 hours
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Duration: 2 hours
The 309 Road ©
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The 309 Road Coromandel
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Duration: 2 hours
Mount Paku ©
Mountain
Mount Paku Tairua
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Duration: 2 hours

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