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Thames Things to Do

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    by kiwi Updated Apr 8, 2013

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    The Butterfly and Orchid Garden is a nice and interesting place to visit even if the weather is foul. You enter a fully heated and sheltered enclosure, which is rather warm, we removed our jackets whilst in there. As well you must put your camera under the heat blower fan, just inside the door, inside the enclosure. This is to warm up your camera to acclimatise it so the lenses won't fog up. I had to do this a few times, in the next minutes.
    Although not really local to New Zealand, this really is a little exotic paradise. And it gives we kiwis a chance to see some of the beautiful colours of the tropical butterflies and even orchids.
    There are many varieties, and plenty of reading material to learn about what you are looking at.



    Summer season : 10am until 4pm (starting with NZ daylight saving time)

    Winter season : 10am until 3pm (starting after Easter)

    Closed: June July and August for a winter break.

    I visited with a group and the group concession is $NZD9-00 per person. I'm not sure what the normal entry fee is.

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    by eMeReS Written Jul 25, 2007

    Like to see a movie? This is the place to go. Went there with friends last time I was in Thames. No specific comments come to mind, just your basic movie theatre.

    Open 7 days a week, showtimes starting from 10:30 am till 7:30 pm
    (see website for programme)

    Admission prices:
    Adult: NZ$11.00 (day), NZ$13.00 (night)
    Child: NZ$7.00 (day), NZ$8.00 (night)

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    by eMeReS Updated Aug 19, 2007

    The coach stop is in front of the Visitors Information Centre (i-SITE), 206 Pollen Street.

    There is a good number of services to various destinations, see the Intercity Coach website below for more details and timetables.

    Approx. travel times to/from main destinations:
    Auckland: 1h45m
    Coromandel: 1h25m
    Hamilton: 1h50m
    Tauranga: 1h45m
    In the current timetable the 9:30 am service to Whitianga connects in Tauranga to the service to Roturua-Napier-Hastings.

    Tickets and travelpasses can be bought at the i-SITE.
    I have travelled around on a flexipass, which suited me very well. Freedom to plan your own route, great flexibility (I booked and cancelled a few times on very short notice and it all worked out very well). I booked my trips by phone and asked to get my ticket printed at the i-SITE prior to departure. Opinions varied on whether it was really necessary to have the ticket printed, but some drivers prefer to see a ticket and it is a good way to make sure your booking is in order.
    More info on http://www.flexipass.co.nz/

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    by eMeReS Updated Aug 19, 2007

    If you have a sweet tooth (like me) you should certainly stop at this shop. A wide variety of chocolate, fudge, hard rock candy, and much more. Hand-made and presented beautifully.
    The shop is tiny, but beatifully decorated and has a very friendly staff.
    For the Saturday market there is a stall outside, and when I was there they sold very arty strawberries, that were almost too beautiful to eat (I had one with a bowtie and did eat it in the end, it was delicious).

    Also a nice place to find a gift.

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