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Old 12th August 2018, 06:09 PM
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I will be moving to NZ in October and will be working in Thames but have not worked out where to live yet. If anyone lives in Thames or nearby it would be good to hear what you think of the area.

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Hey. Congrats on the impending move and welcome to the forum.

I'm around 1.5hrs away in Tauranga.
Where to live all depends on what sort of place you are after - do you wanna live next to the coast or could you live within a reasonable distance of the coast ?
Do you want suburban, semi-rural or rural living ?

Thames is pretty small but will have everything you need. Population heading towards 8000. Plenty shops, cafes etc in the town but none of the big shops you'll find in the cities. Big enough to have supermarkets and car dealerships etc. Only been through a couple of times on the mbike since Thames is one of the gateways to The Coromandel and a good place to stop for coffee.
Due to Thames being at the Northern end of the Hauraki Plains, dairy farming is the leading primary industry in that area as it is so flat, however tourism is growing since it is home to one of the National Cycle Trails (The Hauraki Rail Trail) and being the Southern gateway to The Coromandel where every Kiwi and his dog seems to visit between Spring and Autumn for holidays or at the weekend bach.
There's a few places you could live but Thames is the largest of the local towns and the largest town of The Coromandel.
The only places I really know are Paeroa and Ngatea to the South as they are on SH2 between Tauranga and Auckland so have stopped at both many times. Paeroa is a pretty cool place with an annual motorbike road race meeting (Feb each year) which is probably why I like it there so much. It very much reminds me of Thames but just slightly smaller. Ngatea is just a tiny farming community with a few cafe's and a petrol station or two.

What you going to be doing in Thames ?

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Hi thanks!

To start with I think I would like to be close to a town, ideally Hamilton would have been a good location, but I donít think it is feasible to travel that far every day to work.

I am not to bothered about living close to the coast as I will be renting to start with so can move easy enough in the future.

Thames seems to have a lack of rental properties, I will have a look at Paeroa.

I will be working as a mental health nurse, thanks for the help!

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Hi thanks!

To start with I think I would like to be close to a town, ideally Hamilton would have been a good location, but I donít think it is feasible to travel that far every day to work.

I am not to bothered about living close to the coast as I will be renting to start with so can move easy enough in the future.

Thames seems to have a lack of rental properties, I will have a look at Paeroa.

I will be working as a mental health nurse, thanks for the help!


Yeah I'd recommend it. It can be quite a shock to the system coming here as even a city here is tiny in comparison to a city in the UK. Auckland is the largest city in NZ. Has the largest population and it is spread across a wide region but only about as big as Manchester plus nearby surrounding areas or I suppose the area within the M60.
I work in Hamilton and quite like the place. It is classed as a city but isn't huge. It is pretty cool. Lots of shops, restaurants, bars. Lots of activities there surround the Waikato River that runs through the middle of the city.
It'd be way too far a commute to Thames. You'd have to be living North of Hamilton up SH1 maybe around Huntly etc to have any chance of a decent commute but I wouldn't recommend living anywhere that way.....not the nicest of places, however those areas are on the up and up but it'll be several years until they are desireable. Itd' be a pig of a drive from Hamilton to Thames. Unfortunately there's no decent sized town/city within a reasonable commute of Thames other than maybe Paeroa.
The lack of rental propeties will probably be because of town size. If you are coming over for a job then place the responsibility of finding a place to rent with the DHB or whoever the employer is as part of the relocation package. They should at least get you something for the first month or so, so you can then find something else whilst in the area and are able to visit in person. I wouldn't recommend trying to secure a rental without seeing it first. Ther aren't many agents that would actually rent a property out without seeing the potential tennant in person anyways.

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I will be moving to NZ in October and will be working in Thames but have not worked out where to live yet. If anyone lives in Thames or nearby it would be good to hear what you think of the area.

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We are living in Te Aroha which is about 45mins to an hour away from Thames, what would you like to know?

Te Aroha is a very small rural town of about 3'000 people, yet we are quite central to a lot of places which makes it worthwhile living here I think!!

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