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Whether you choose to relax or explore, there is plenty to see and do locally and within a short driving distance. Here is a small selection of our favourite activities, listed by distance - most of it is FREE stuff!
What to do locally, close to the campground
Bushwalks for everyone!
Any grade: walk conveniently on a well maintained path into the bush, or hike Rocky’s track. We are also the closest holiday park to the Pinnacles!
Rent a bicycle for the dayRide to Waiomu, a small village with a nice bay and an organic café, or start the Hauraki Rail Trail! Bike rental and service here, or at Jolly Bikes in Thames.
The Firth of Thames8 minutes stroll from the camp. Dip your feet into the water, go fishing or angling, or watch one of the colourful sunsets Thames is famous for.
Explore Thames townshipOnly 5 minutes South with the local bus or your car. Antique and OP shops, cafés, museums, a gallery of local art, Saturday street market, seaside walk.
Enjoy the local bays5-10 minutes North with a car: Ngarimu Bay, Thornton Bay, Waiomu, Western Coromandel beaches, Kauri Grove bush walk.
Make more memories - easy road trips from the campground
Quirky PaeroaAntique shops, a Maritime Museum and paddleboat cruises.
Miranda Bird CoastWalk with hides for observation, and a small shorebird museum.
Kauaeranga Valley The great Pinnacles Walk, canyoning and abseiling.
Karangahake GorgeWalk or cycle through the old mining tunnels.
Coromandel BeachesThe white sandy holiday beaches of Pauanui, Tairua and Whangamata.
Te ArohaThermal springs, kayaking, mountain hike, wetlands walk.
Waihi and Waihi BeachGoldmine Museum, Beaches, Bushwalks, Family Farm.
Coromandel Town Several tourist attractions, plus the 309 road through rainforest.
Cathedral CoveThe breathtaking sand stone formations of Cathedral Cove at Hahei.
Hot Water BeachDig a thermal spa in the sand, visit cafes and galleries.
Local eateries close to the campground
Pollen StreetThere are many cafés and restaurants, most of them on the main street, Pollen Street. Some of them offer al fresco dining in their back yards.
For more inspiration for what to do during your stay in Thames check out these websites:
Your definitive guide for travelling in the Coromandel.
This is the official website for the Hauraki Rail Trail.
Local bike hire, shop, shuttle service, and cycling tours.
Walking and hiking trails in Thames and the Coromandel.
Facilities and recreation in Thames and the Coromandel.
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