InterCity® has multiple daily buses from Auckland to Thames. The bus from Auckland takes approximately one hour and 40 minutes.

Buses to Thames depart from the Sky City Bus Terminal, 102 Hobson St, Auckland and arrive at the Thames Information Centre, 200 Mary Street.

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About Thames

The historical town of Thames is located at the southwestern end of the Coromandel Peninsula. In the late 1800’s Thames was a vibrant gold-mining city and held the largest population in New Zealand. Over the short lifespan of the Thames Mines, official figures have valued the production at $845 million. Today Thames is much smaller and has returned to its humble beginnings.

A central location on the Coromandel Peninsula, Thames has many natural attractions including hiking in the Kauaeranga Valley and biking the Hauraki Rail Trail. For an action-packed day try the Sleeping God trip that Canyonz offer, it’s an exhilarating vertical descent requiring you to abseil, zip-line, water slide and jump into deep pools of water!

Famous for its secluded golden and white sandy beaches, the Coromandel region boasts some of New Zealand’s most spectacular coastal scenery. With calmer beaches on the west coast and wilder east coast surf beaches, you can take your pick of New Zealand's finest beaches. A two hour lesson with the crew at Coromandel surf school and you’ll be a pro surfing the waves at the popular beaches of Whangapoua, Matarangi and Kuaotunu. All of these beaches can be reached by catching an InterCity bus from Thames.  

If you prefer to keep your feet on dry land, we suggest you head north and capture the beauty of the remote coastlines on a guided tour. Or pay a visit to one of the lovely gardens such as the Driving Creek Wildlife Sanctuary. Here you can also enjoy a one hour train ride through native forestland viewing interesting pottery works by founder, Barry Brickell.

Pohutakawa trees, also known as New Zealand’s Christmas tree, adorn the west coastline and look absolutely glorious in the summer months when their bright red blooms decorate the tree. The lush forest that surrounds the coast provides excellent walking opportunities, from short treks to multi-day adventures.

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Traveling from Auckland to Thames by bus is convenient and very economical. For a weekend out of Auckland to a special destination that enjoys the slower, simpler way off life, catch an InterCity bus!

InterCity offers two bus passes, the FlexiPass and the TravelPass both offering flexible travel within a set budget. You have the flexibility to jump on and off wherever and whenever you please and managing travel online is a breeze!