The Coromandel and the Bay of Plenty

We’ve compiled the best of the best in The Coromandel and the Bay of Plenty - browse our top choices for the top things to see or do during your stay.

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  • 1. Bounty Store

    Museum/Gallery

    This design store–cum–gallery is Thames' best option for buying local arts and crafts, including jewelry, pottery, weaving, and paintings. ...Read More

  • 2. Butterfly and Orchid Garden

    Garden

    A few minutes' (3 km, 1.8 mile) drive north on the way out of Thames, it's easy to miss this garden unless you're specifically looking for the...Read More

  • 3. Goldmine Experience

    Notable Building

    To learn about early gold-mining efforts in the Coromandel, stop in at the Goldmine Experience, a few minute's drive north of town. Take a 40...Read More

  • 4. Grahamstown Saturday Market

    Market/Bazaar

    On Saturday morning, the northern end of Thames's main street is transformed into a bustling market. Stalls line the street, with vendors selling...Read More

  • 5. St. George's Anglican Church

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Opened in 1872, St. George's Anglican Church is worth a quick look for its gorgeous kauri-wood interior. It's also used regularly for cultural...Read More

  • 6. Thames Historical Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    At this tiny museum you can look into earlier ways of life in the town. The museum contains photographic displays of the gold-rush and logging...Read More

  • 7. Thames School of Mines Mineralogical Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    From the mid-1800s, the School of Mines was an internationally recognized institution, teaching all aspects of mining. A diploma from here guaranteed...Read More

  • 8. The Organic Co-op

    Store/Mall

    This small shop in Thames sells some of the region's best organic produce. For fresh fruit and vegetables that remind you of how good things...Read More

  • 9. Meonstoke

    Garden

    This is one of New Zealand's most unusual gardens. For more than 50 years, Pam Gwynne worked every square inch of her ¼-acre lot, creating a...Read More

  • 10. Nectar Lounge Bar

    Arts/Performance Venue

    Even the most jaded New York barfly would be hard-pressed to find fault with the deeply stylish Nectar Lounge Bar, which is only open four nights...Read More

  • 11. Pete's Collectibles

    Store/Mall

    If you're interested in the retro side of New Zealand, Pete's is one of a cluster of stores in Thames selling 1950s–1970s New Zealand–made...Read More

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