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Thames is the gateway to the Coromandel Peninsula inNew Zealand . It is located on the southwestern coast of the peninsula, about 43 km south of the city of Coromandel and about 80 km north of Hamilton . Thames is the most important city on the peninsula, due to its location between the bay and the surrounding hills where gold and gemstones used to be mined. Gold was found near the city in 1867. This attracted thousands of gold-diggers, consequently Thames began to flourish. In the vicinity of the city, we can still see old gold mines, shafts, slag heaps and abandoned mining equipment. The Thames Historical Museum reminds us of this era, it also cares for the relics and for the first foundries. In the Thames School of Mines and Mineralogical Museum we can see more than 5000 minerals. The city of Thames is also a suitable starting point for hikes into the neighbouring Coromandel Forest Park and to the southern edge of the Firth of Thames, where you can see gulls, cormorants and oyster catchers. On the northern side of the town, on the top of the hill stands a memorial to the victims of World War I, which offers a beautiful view of the surroundings. Even today, you can stroll along the shallow northern coastline and find some semi-precious stones – usually agates.

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GPS: -37.1333, 175.5333
Altitude: 4 m
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Last update: 2012-10-22 04:01:30

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The information has not been confirmed by the owner yet Activities: sky diving, kayaking, in-line skating, fishing, marathon
The information has not been confirmed by the owner yet Pros: peaceful locality, seaside stays, important birthplace, sauna, forests, mild climate
The information has not been confirmed by the owner yet Cons: far from the airport
The information has not been confirmed by the owner yet Suitable for: business, festivals, cruises, art, health tourism, sport tourism, sky diving

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