Thames (pronouced 'Temms') is a town at the southwestern end of the Coromandel Peninsula in New Zealand's North Island. It is located on the Firth of Thames close to the mouth of the Waihou River.

A major employer is the Toyota New Zealand plant, which assembled CKD cars until 1998, and now refurbishes imported used cars. Another is the precision engineering works and foundry of A & G Price, established 1868, who built 123 steam locomotives for the New Zealand Railways. Now they make keels for large yachts.
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The town was initially built during a gold rush, and its population peaked at about 18,000 in 1868. For a while it was thought it would replace Auckland as the major town in the area. A former local institution of learning was the Thames School of Mines.

Many people migrated to Thames at its peak, and it was soon the second-largest city in New Zealand (the largest being Dunedin then Auckland). However, as the gold began to diminish, so did the number of inhabitants, and although Thames never shrank, it has never grown much either. It is still the biggest town on the Coromandel. The 2006 census gave the population of Thames as 6756. Many residents work in tourism and locally owned businesses servicing the local farming community.


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Wind2.53 m/s
Cloudiness100 %
Temperature (min/max)16/16 °C
Pressure1024 hpa
Humidity83 %
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