Thames School of Mines from the outside at dusk with the lights on

Thames School of Mines is open under ORANGE in the traffic light system. If you are visiting us, you will need to wear a mask and follow our Covid-19 requirements. At this time, we do not require Vaccine Passes for entry to our visitor sites, cafes and shops, however this may be reviewed in line with our Covid-19 policy settings. You can check our website on the day of your visit for the most up-to-date information and please stay home if you’re unwell. For the latest on Covid-19 in Aotearoa New Zealand visit the official government website.

Opening Hours

Wednesday - Sunday
10.00am - 4.00pm

Daily Guided Tours
10.30am, 11.30am, 1.30pm and 2.30pm

Closed Good Friday and Christmas Day

parking no-smoking shops


Member Free

Adult Guided Tour $10.00

Under 18 years Free

* Surcharges may apply for special events
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Corner of Brown and Cochrane Streets
Thames 3500

+64 7 868 6227

Thames School of Mines visit

To step into the school is to get a vivid sense of how practical science and technology was taught in our pioneering past. You’ll see authentic period equipment and classic gold rush machinery, classrooms, labs, microscopes and maps of the gold fields, a model of a whole stamper battery system and an actual small-scale stamper battery, mining documents and historic photos. The original furnace room, where gold was laboriously extracted and then assayed, is well worth a look.

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Historic black and white photo of Thames School of Mines taken in 1974.

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Photo: John Fields, 1974

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