Grandpa's Guide to Driving in Thames
Good day! Your Grandpa Benjamin has been very busy lately. A lot of activities around the neighborhood. Tiring but fun. I like spending time with the young adults. How will I say this but, I'm young at heart. *chuckling*
But now, I'd like to spend some time with my typewriter. Our destination for today is the city of Thames. Your Grandpa's back and is ready to give you some tips about the beautiful scenic drives around the city.
Hotereni is the Maori name for Thames. And the Maori iwi are Ngati Maru who are descendants of Marutuahu's son, Te Ngako.
Thames is at the southwestern end of the Coromandel Peninsula in New Zealand's North Island. It is located on the Firth of Thames which is close to the mouth of the Waihou River. It is also the seat of the Thames-Coromandel District Council.
Thames was formed from the two historic towns of Grahamstown and Shortland. And if you'll go around Thames, you will still see many original buildings that are still standing.
Now, after that brief overview of Thames, we are ready to drive around it. I have here suggestions of the best places where you can drive through and see the beautiful exquisite Thames.
1. Thames Coast
Start your scenic drive in the here.The Thames Coast is known as the Gateway to the Coromandel.
During the late 19th century, Thames was one of the New Zealand's largest-built on the industries of gold and Kauri logging. In the present, you'll still see hints of its colorful history in many pubs, buildings, museums and activities around the area.
Thames is the main shopping location in the whole peninsula. It has many boutiques; it has a historic main street, and the modern Goldfields Shopping Mall.
Take a drive at Thames Coast and along the Pohutukawa coast that offers beautiful beaches, and the Rapaura Water gardens at Tapu. You'll also have a chance to see the cemetery which features the grave of Hotereni Taipari, who opened Thames for mining.
If you're tired of driving and want to rest, many bushwalks are in the area.
Drive to the Waterworks and witness and experience the quirky Kiwi ingenuity
Waterworks was formerly known as Waiau Waterworks. It is a tourist attraction that showcases Coromandel's peculiar cleverness. Gawk at a wooden water clock that keeps accurate time, let yourself experience running in a human-sized hamster wheel, take dips on a natural swimming hole, have fun with the water cannons, feed animal, indulge on what you call awesome enjoyment!
There is so much to see at The Waterworks for both children and adults alike. Want to know exactly what I mean? Have a stop at The Waterworks.
3. Wilson's End
Have a long drive to the ideal accommodation spot on the northern end of Thames —at Wilson's End
Situated in Taruru, a serene coastal area located at the northern end of Thames, is the Wilson's End Unit.
Wilson's End is considered as an ideal accommodation spot for almost every occasion because of its location. It is the last town before reaching the coast towards Coromandel. While driving to Wilson's end, you'll see beautiful panoramas in both sides of the road.
When you reach Wilson's End, you'll see the wonderful outlook, beach frontage for walking with green bush background and well-maintained tracks.
From Wilson's End, roads to beaches with gorgeous views are only minutes away by car.
These are only some of the many places to check out in Thames. So, what are you waiting for? Warm up those gears and be ready for a drive through the historical Thames.
Thames has a lot to offer and this surely is the perfect spot for a relaxing yet fun holiday drive.