Attractions

Top Choice Mine in Thames

Goldmine Experience

Walk through a mine tunnel, watch a stamper battery crush rock, learn about the history of the Cornish miners and try your hand at panning for gold ($2 extra).
Museum in Thames

School of Mines & Mineralogical Museum

The Historic Places Trust runs tours of these buildings, which house an extensive collection of NZ rocks, minerals and fossils. The oldest section (1868) was part of a Methodist Sunday School, situated on a Māori bu…
Gardens in Thames

Butterfly & Orchid Garden

Around 3km north of town within the Dickson Holiday Park is this enclosed jungle full of hundreds of exotic flappers.
Museum in Thames

Historical Museum

Pioneer relics, rocks and old photographs of the town.