About the profile areas
The 2013 population for Thames is 7,515, with a population density of 0.45 persons per hectare.
Thames is named after the river, which was named after the Thames River in England.
2013 Usual residents
hectares (166 Km2)
persons per hectare
European settlement of the area dates largely from the 1860s when gold was discovered. 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. Expansion continued 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 the average number of persons living in each dwelling.
Thames includes a township area on the western coast and substantial rural areas.
Major features of the area include Goldfields Shopping Centre, Thames Hospital, Butterfly & Orchid Garden, Goldmine Experience, Karaka Bird Hide, Thames School of Mines & Mineralogical Museum, Thames Historical Museum, Bella Street Pumphouse, Thames Small Gauge Railway, Thames War Memorial Civic Centre, Thames Centennial Swimming Pool, Coromandel Forest Park, Danby Field, Rhodes Park, Victoria Park, William Hall Memorial Reserve, Thames Racecourse, Thames Airfield, the Hauraki Rail Trail, the Waihou River and several schools.