This site contains information about the township of Coromandel and some of Thames.
Coromandel was an early settlement from about the 1830's. The Royal Navy called in to get Kauri spars and men were attracted to the profits from this trade.
The Auckland settlement began in 1840 and had a steadily increasing influence on the area. In 1852, there was a small gold rush. In 1862 a bigger gold rush. Then gold was discovered in the South Island and many men from Coromandel departed who were more interested in easy alluvial gold than the type which needed hard digging and quartz crushing in the Coromandel seams.