Waiomu Kauri Grove Walk


Visit one of the Coromandel Peninsula’s finest kauri stands on the Waiomu Kauri Grove Walk. It's an easy walk that follows the  Waiomu stream up the valley. The surrounding forest is lush and full of tree ferns and birdsong. Read More

John William Hall Arboretum


John William Hall Arboretum is New Zealand’s oldest arboretum, established in 1872 by Thames chemist John William Hall. He began planting his three-acre property in 1872, initially to control erosion when he became alarmed at the effect of rainfall on Read More

Tararu Historical Cemetery


The Tararu Historical Cemetery is located just north of Thames on a hill high above the Pacific Coast Highway which provides an idyllic resting place for the gold miners and early settlers of the Grahamstown area. The first burial was Read More

Shortland Cemetery


Shortland Cemetery is of great historic importance to Thames and the surrounding district. By 1870 already 117 people had been buried there, among them 41 children under the age of one. The cemetery is high on a hill overlooking Thames Read More

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