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Hikuai and Kauaeranga

About the profile areas

The 2018 population for Hikuai and Kauaeranga is 819, with a population density of 0.02 persons per hectare.


Note: This page displays the area boundaries used for the 2018 Census. In some cases, these are significantly different to the pre-2018 areas. For more on this, see the Census 2018 page.

Name origin

Thames is named after the river, which was named after the Thames River in England.

Profile areas
Hikuai and Kauaeranga

Settlement history

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.

Land use

Thames includes a township area on the western coast and substantial rural areas.

Major features

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.