Thames, Coromandel Peninsula (New Zealand)


Thames, a town at the southwestern end of the Coromandel Peninsula in New Zealand”s North Island, approximately 1hrs drive from Auckland.

All that remains now of “Burke Street Wharf” – an extensive harbour scheme built in the 1920s, is a couple of dozen pylons (with a couple of sculptures that have been added recently).

Best time:

This site is ideal for Sunset shots – particularly at low tide when you can get right down amongst it, although you can still shoot at high tide from the bank.


Drive right up Burke Street and park on th footpath.  At low tide it is easiest to walk down the boat ramp – rather than clambering over rocks (which can be a bit treacherous). Make Sure that you wear shoes – there are lots of oysters on the rocks here (and rats in amongst the rocks too).


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