Grahamstown is the heritage end of Thames with old buildings that celebrate the golden era. Thames was once New Zealand's biggest town.
Take some time to meander through the quaint and interesting shops and cafes in historic Grahamstown, where you will find a wide selection of boutique cafe's, organic suppliers and speciality stores. On a Saturday morning the town comes alive with the Thames Market, located in the heart of Grahamstown.read more
- Web: www.thecoromandel.com/explore/grahamstown
- Location: Grahamstown, Thames
From CDs to books, toys to clothes, the Warehouse has plenty of choice for children of all ages and at very reasonable prices.read more
Coromandel Town Homegrown Community Market
Each Friday morning on Wharf Road beside the BNZ Bank you will find an array of local/homegrown produce and crafts for sale. Organic and gluten free options . . . you're spoilt for choice! It's a great social occasion too and a chance to stock up your pantry with jams & chutneys.read more
- Web: www.thecoromandel.com/dine/local-produce-markets/
- Location: Wharf Road, Coromandel Town
Goldfields Shopping Centre
Goldfields is home to 30 retail shops including T&T Childrenswear, The Warehouse and the $2 shop. McDonalds and Mr Whippy are two of the food outlets in their food court.read more
For more than 21 years, Thames Market is going stronger than ever - every Saturday.
More and more people enjoy the wide variety of stalls selling fruit, vegetables, plants, speciality foods such as artisan cheeses and breads, samosas, arts, craft and collectables, dried dog treats and much more. In this most picturesque part of Thames - Grahamstown - there are a good number of excellent cafes and restaurants. Thames Market has been and will be operating come rain or shine, every Saturday and in the months of December, the markets will go until 1pm leading up to Christmas.read more
- Web: www.facebook.com/thamesmarketeverysaturday/
- Location: Pollen Street, Thames 3500
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