Thames Community Board
About the profile areas
The 2013 population for Thames Community Board is 10,044, with a population density of 0.21 persons per hectare.
2013 Usual residents
hectares (476 Km2)
persons per hectare
European settlement of the area dates largely from the 1860s when gold was discovered. Rapid growth took place from the 1860s, spurred by gold mining. The townships of Grahamstown and Shortland merged in 1874 to form the township of Thames. The township grew rapidly during the late 1800s, aided by the opening of the railway line and saw milling, with Thames developing as the largest town in the Council area. Dairy farming and sheep grazing became the main industries during the early 1900s. Rapid growth took place during the 1950s and 1960s. The population was relatively stable between 1996 and 2013, a result of some new dwellings being added to the area, but a decline in dwelling occupancy rates and the average number of persons living in each dwelling.
Thames Community Board is a largely rural area, with a township on the western coast at Thames, and several small villages.
Major features of the area include Coromandel Forest Park, Goldfields Shopping Centre, Thames Hospital, Butterfly & Orchid Garden, Goldmine Experience, Karaka Bird Hide, Rocky's Goldmine Trail, Thames School of Mines & Mineralogical Museum, Thames Historical Museum, Bella Street Pumphouse, Thames Small Gauge Railway, Rapauru Water Gardens, Thames War Memorial Civic Centre, Thames Centennial Swimming Pool, Danby Field, Rhodes Park, Victoria Park, William Hall Memorial Reserve, Thames Racecourse, Thames Airfield, the Hauraki Rail Trail, the Waihou River and numerous schools.