Why Thames?

The Thames Culture

Our fantastic wee town has a relaxed culture and enjoys the great balance between work and relaxation. We have the infamous Thames Saturday Markets, which are the hub of the town during both summer and winter months, featuring local produce, baking, craft, art, music and more! On top of that, we have some excellent local shops, boutiques, cafes, dining options - and of course, the requisite 'Fish and Chips' direct from the Thames wharf.


There are a huge amount of activities to do in the Thames region - especially if you are outdoors minded! And if you can't find what you're looking for in town, we are approximately an hour and a half from 3 major centres - Auckland, Hamilton and Tauraunga.

If you love the sea, you can indulge your passions in:
  • Fishing
  • Diving
  • Swimming
  • Kayaking
  • Jet Skiing
  • Sailing
If you enjoy being physical, you can:
  • Go on one of the huge range of bush walks around the Thames and Coromandel region - from half an hour; to staying overnight at the Pinnacles huts.
  • Take a wander around our town - we have the longest stretch of main street in New Zealand - and it's all flat!
  • Go on a horse trek
  • Consider riding along our newly finished Hauraki Rail Trail
Our incredible heritage is up for display through:
  • Gold mine tours
  • Stamper battery
  • Museums
  • Heritage trails
And we also have...
  • The bird hide
  • Matatoki Cheese Farm
  • Our Miniature Railway (great for the whole family!)
  • The local Butterfly and Orchid garden for a tropical experience.

Our Excellent Medical Services

We can't mention "Why Thames" without including our local hospital and medical services.

Thames hospital offers a 24 hour Emergency Department, X-ray and Laboratory Services. And directly across the road we have a brand new birthing unit providing excellent support for the newborn and their mum.

And of course our Schools and Industry

  • Thames High School
  • 4 Local primary schools within 5 minutes drive from anywhere in Thames
  • Numerous pre-school childcare facilities including a Kohanga Reo
  • Youth organisations
  • Clubs and community groups
  • Sporting and Fitness
  • Agriculture, aquaculture, transport and tourism.