Thames is a town on the North Island of New Zealand in the Waikato region. With about 6,750 inhabitants, Thames administrative headquarters of the Thames-Coromandel District. The village is located on a conveyor of the Hauraki Gulf, about 100 kilometers southeast of the city of Auckland. Thames was founded in 1867 as a gold mining town between the Firth of Thames (Thames Firth) and the Coromandel Range, the mountain ranges of the Coromandel Peninsula. In 1868, the population of the town reached its peak with 18,000 people. At this point, Thames was more important than today's metropolitan Auckland. Today the residents of Thames live mainly from tourism, retail and agriculture. By 1998, one focused on the CKD principle Toyota factory, now polished up only imported used cars for sale was located in the village. Of tourist interest are water sports, hiking and adventure tours.