Thames, Paeroa, TeAroha and Waihi all offer a range of restaurants, cafes and bars, as well as accommodation options including hotels, motels, backpackers and Bed & Breakfast.
A beautiful historic mining town nestled under the Coromandel ranges on the Firth of Thames full of history from gold mines to museums.
The first major discovery of gold, by William Hunt on 10 August 1867 led to the development of the town of Thames.
With production of 102,353oz bullion, by the end of the 19th century, Thames was the largest centre of population in New Zealand, with 18,000 inhabitants, 100 hotels and 3 theatres.
Today, Thames has the highest population on the Coromandel Peninsula (6756 in 2006 census).
Home to the luxurious, historic TeAroha Mineral Spas and the TeAroha Leisure Pools.
Nestled at the base of Mt TeAroha (Mountain of Love), the town of TeAroha is a historic spa town.
During the 1880’s gold was discovered on the eastern slope of Mt TeAraho. Five short years later, gold mining activities ceased due to the unprofitability of the deposits. During the town’s heyday, it was one of the first geothermal thermal spa towns to receive thousands of visitors annually. Visitors came to TeAroha for the curative powers of the water. The hot springs and surrounding land was donated to the crown in 1882, the domain planted out. TeAroha and its Edwardian architecture still retain its charms.
Located behind the spa pools at the domain, Mokena Geyser erupts every 40 minutes.
Paeroa is famous of its events, antiques, hospitality and of course the World Famous in New Zealand L&P bottle. Some of the events throughout the year include the Battle of the Streets and Highland Games & Tattoo (February), Paeroa Wine & Food Festival (March), Echo Walking Festival (April) and Bull Riding & Christmas Light Extravaganza (December).
Paeroa won Town of the Year for 2012. Come and see why.
Famous for its Events, Antiques and hospitality, Paeroa is the perfect place to base yourself for an outstanding Southern Coromandel experience
Please note that it is recommended wearing/taking a torch through the 1km Railway Tunnel.
One of the "14 Wonders of New Zealand", the gorge is remarkable and is packed with gold mining history. The rewarding Windows Walk is a “must do”. The loop meanders through old gold mining relics and historic tunnels. Four “windows” expose the spectacular gorge scenery – the bush, cliffs and the dynamic river below. Explore these old gold mining tunnels where there are glow worms above.
Visit old mining infrastucture such as the Victoria Battery, the Blackpool Dam and Water Race and take a ride on the Waihi-Waikino vintage railway.
Numerous swimming holes can be found on both the Ohinemuri and Waitawheta Rivers.
With over 100 years history of mining gold & silver, Waihi is still a thriving community, with original old pubs, bronze statues and quaint cafes.
The Cornish Pumphouse was built in 1904 to house pumping engines and machinery. It was decommissioned in 1929. Opened in 1987, the existing Martha Mine is an open pit gold mine. Regular tours of the site and educational programmes are run.
For keen cyclists, the Pit Rim Trail around the functioning Martha Mine, offers dramatic views of the mining below.