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Pacific Coast Highway & Hauraki Gulf road trip: Auckland to the Coromandel

Thames

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You have arrived at your destination for the night Thames.

Have you thought about stopping in the regional centre, Thames, and I don’t mean just visiting the public toilet? The town is not the prettiest in the Coromandal, it does not have numerous picturesque beaches on its doorstep or quirky railways circumnavigating a spectacular pottery creation yet it is worth a stop or even an overnight stay.

Thames Gold Mine @Stuff

The town is part and parcel of the history of nineteenth century gold mining and timber (Kauri) logging. Due to a decline in gold mining and cessation of timber production the town’s nineteenth century buildings have withstood wholesale destruction. The town’s urban landscape is the story of New Zealand’s urban development with all the layers clearly visible.

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