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Thames Travel Planning
Facts about Thames area with location information
Known as the 'Gateway to the Coromandel', Thames is only a ninety minute drive from Auckland. The main shopping location on the peninsula, Thames has a wealth of boutiques, a historic main street and the modern Goldfields Shopping Mall. In the late 19th century, this town was one of New Zealand's largest - built on the pioneering industries of gold and Kauri logging. Today, its colourful history is still alive in the many pubs, buildings, museums and activities found in the area. Thames is also one of the few areas in NZ that is home to the unique Kiwi as well as many types of birdlife. Take a rest from your travels to explore the beaches nearby.