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The Thames School of Mines & Mineralogical Museum has a great specimen collection of rocks in cases. The building itself is marked as a historic place. Not much has changed there since the 1800s.
For a general history of Thames, visit the Thames Historical Museum.
Do it yourself - strike it rich! Equipment and maps for gold panning in Thames (and other goldfields within NZ).
Look for Rockyıs Goldmine Trail - a three hour bush walk. Take Victoria Street to Dickson Holiday Park where the walk starts.
Wilderness Gems is a huge warehouse in Ngatea (not far from Thames), selling gemstones, kauri gum, petrified wood, mineral samples, lapidary machines and accessories.
Kauaeranga Valley bush walks. 20 minutes east - 13 km from Thames. Day walks and overnight walk to Pinnacles Hut and Moss Creek Campground. See historic logging sites. Kauaeranga Book hut at Field Centre run by DOC. Various brochures available. Field Centre: Phone (07) 867 9080