After our 2 full on days and lack of sleep which had followed the week of the field course I had set aside today so that Stuart and I could have an easy day. We went in to the town of Thames for breakfast, morning coffee and a bit of shopping. It was a beautiful day with the usual blue sky above and the warmth from the early morning made us aware that a scorcher of a day lay of before us.
I really like the town of Thames, it is quaint, quiet and has a charming and inviting character about it. I visited Thames a few times when I needed supplies. There are plenty of shops here including a Pac & Save for those all important daily groceries and food supplies. Coffee shops quietly announce themselves with boards and signs enticing you in with the odd statement such as in the picture below.
There is plenty of accommodation here and some as cheap as in the picture above. DOC- Department of Conservation has an office here and they seem to try to do their best at certain conservation projects. One of their projects that they are currently working on is the creation of a new trail system at Miranada.
All in all Thames is a nice small town worth the visit and easy to reach from Auckland. It makes a great first night location if flying in to Auckland from afar. It has some nice eateries, and bars. A few good, well stocked book shops, ATM's and pretty much everything else you might need whilst on the road.