Thames is a town at the southern end of the Coromandel peninsula, the first major town you get to when driving from Auckland to Coromandel town. Perfectly placed about halfway between the two it is a great spot to stop off for lunch or an ice cream, as we did, at the wharf overlooking the river and estuary. Thames also marks the end of straight highways and the beginning of the Thames Coast which is a long stretch of winding road that hugs the Firth of Thames almost the entire way to Coromandel town.
Thames also has a great arts community in town, there are some great stores to explore along the Main Street. A great time to do this is on a Saturday morning when there is also a market in the Main Street where lots of local produce is on sale. We have also spent a fair bit of time in Thames at a local pottery studio, being instructed by Amanda. Pictured below is my first piece created in September this year, 2016.
The Main Street of Thames features a great cafe called Melbourn, which has been set up by a local gent and his wife, who met in Melbourne. Great coffee and food.
We have been lucky enough to have made some friends who live in the area. They have a home which boasts 180 degree views over the Firth of Thames. It’s the perfect spot to get away from Auckland for a weekend.
The Firth of Thames is the bay which is fed by the two rivers Waihou and Piako, the former of which was formerly named the Thames River. Its original name is Tikapa.