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Karaka Bird Hide

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Business Type: Place to watch birds

Overview

Over 100 species of migratory birds live around the waters edge in the Firth of Thames. Here is a chance to see birds up close. Take the board walk through the mangroves to the Hide.

Address: Cochrane Street & Brown Street, Thames, New Zealand Coromandel

Description

Over 100 species of migratory birds live around the waters edge in the Firth of Thames. Here is a chance to see birds up close. Take the board walk through the mangroves to the Hide.

This hide can be reached by a boardwalk through the mangroves just off Brown St.

Thames was once one of New Zealand’s largest towns due to its booming mining and logging industries. The town was initially built during a gold rush started in 1867 with boomong era from 1868 to 1871. It was formed from two historic towns, Grahamstown and Shortland merged in 1874. 

Some facts:
Thames Hospital is the oldest still operating in New Zealand, having been built in the 1860s.
The Brian Boru Hotel, built in 1868, is the oldest Irish pub in New Zealand.
The school was established in 1880 and is the second oldest secondary school in the Auckland Province.

Around Thames you will find places for picnic, fishing and kayaking. There are free gas barbeques at Kuranui Bay and Waiomu Beach Reserve. Further up north you may access numerous safe swimming beaches.

Road up north is quite windy, so, stick with a speed limit and obsere conditions.

Locations

Cochrane Street & Brown Street, Thames, Coromandel.
The entrance to the boardwalk is by the Goldfields Shopping Centre in Brown Street.

Photo Gallery

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By sondyaustin on Flickr

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