Carsons Books Shop: Greg Hampton
Carson’s Bookshop is a fantastic independent bookshop in the centre of Thames. Carson’s large, eclectic book collection is carefully curated by knowledgeable and friendly staff who are enthusiastic about providing great service to our community. Carson’s has become an institution in the district through its history of having continuously operated for 111 years - making it the second oldest bookshop in New Zealand.
Carson’s inventory includes extensive range of leading new and classic fiction and non-fiction, travel and study guides, a comprehensive Maori collection and of course, an engaging range of fabulous children’s and young adults' books. New additions to the shop in 2017 is music in the form of CDs, and Carson’s is excited to be hosting its first art installation on August 12th in its venue space.
With its broad range of subject matter and literally thousands of titles in store, Carson’s Bookshop aims to be a cultural hub for the community and of course, have the right book for everyone.
Coromandel Adventures: Sarni Hart & Willie Lochore
Coromandel Adventures began in October 2011 as a tourism company specifically looking to provide tours and connectivity for visitors so they could enjoy our beautiful homelands. (We also carry heaps of locals and their gear from city to beach and back again).
The Coromandel’s beauty attracts vast numbers, but for some has not always been that easy to reach. Our involvement with the 360 Discovery Ferry from Auckland, and our own return shuttle to Rotorua looks to provide a new seamless traveller’s link between Auckland and Rotorua via Coromandel – come and stay awhile!
Slow tourism is good tourism - sustainable tourism, and clearly this is the direction communities everywhere are pushing. Coromandel Adventures is keenly aware of the good things that seem to come organically when visitors stay awhile.
Flowers on Pollen: Jacqui Dinneen & Heidee Visick
Heidee and Jacqui; two women, two friends, two mothers, two passionate professional florists; each with two daughters.
Committed to providing excellent service, high quality floral products and an interesting and desirable array of gift-ware.
They have successfully collaborated, combining two businesses into one to offer their customers a more comprehensive service. And enabling them to afford more quality family time.
We enjoy sourcing new products and creating an interesting environment in our store to enhance our customers' browsing and purchasing experience.
We have a great job, albeit a tough one. But it's one we love and are rewarded for by way of our customers' feedback and return visits.
Hahei Holiday Resort
The Hahei Holiday Resort (The Resort) is located on New Zealand’s iconic coastline peninsular, The Coromandel. It's home to Te Whanganui A Hei Marine Reserve, Cathedral Cove and neighbour to Hot Water Beach, and has been in operation since 1958.
The Resort was purchased in 2015 by a consortium of families passionate about maintaining and improving the site and continuing to support camping and holidaying on one of New Zealand’s iconic locations.
The Resort caters to every holidaymaker's need with a selection over 300 powered and non-powered camp and caravan sites including absolute beach frontage combined with recently completed coastal chic Glamping Cabins, luxury Villas, Garden Studios, Baches and Comfort Cabins on 7.5 hectors of coastal land with a 450m beach frontage.
The Hahei Holiday Resort has evolved over the last six decades and will continue to evolve the six decades to come. From almost inaccessible dirt roads with a few simple canvas tents dotted on the sand dunes, to now a small city of camping pilgrims each year, the one thing that remains constant and special is ‘place’, The company's owners are dedicated to maintaining and growing the resort, but not to the detriment of campers and camper vanning customers for they are the backbone of the resort, the annual Kiwi seaside holiday and of course...place.
Hello Friday: Mandy Alexander & Paula Leen
Hello Friday is a destination clothing store for women and men in the popular beach-side town of Pauanui. It’s the brainchild of Pauanui locals Mandy Alexander and Paula Leen, who have created a relaxed and enjoyable shopping experience, showcasing many NZ designers as well as a range of trusted international brands.
With a background in sales and a keen eye for colour, balance and texture, venturing into the world of fashion has proven to be a good fit. The combination of strong artistic talents, loving a challenge and being keen to learn and grow resulted in the birth of Hello Friday in September 2016.
Since opening almost a year ago, we have built a loyal customer base with a focus on the personal touch and offering outstanding customer service. Understanding your customer and knowing your stock are vital elements to success. It’s also important that our customers can shop with total trust, confidence and that they feel valued. We are super honest with our customers and we’ve developed a loyalty programme that allows us to reward our regulars. It’s our way of showing them we genuinely appreciate their business.
Hello Friday is a big supporter of the Pauanui community. We are privileged to live and run a business here, so giving back is really important to us. We have been a major sponsor of a recent local event to support women with breast cancer and in addition to product vouchers, donated 10% of sales during that period to Breast Cancer New Zealand.
Lifestyle yachts: Aaron & Christina Beattie
Lifestyle Yachts specialises in the construction of new multi-hull builds from the well-known yacht designer Ron Given.
With 15 years of experience, and a strong track record of high spec new builds, we undertake all areas of boat building, including New Builds, Maintenance, Repairs, Alterations, Insurance Work, and Interior and Exterior Repaints. We are very experienced in all aspects of wood and fibreglass construction.
Lifestyle Yachts prides itself on our quality of workmanship, along with our cost-effective and timely construction. Our small, but highly skilled team works diligently to create the boat you have dreamed of. From lofting the lines on the floor, all the way through the construction phase, including interior layout and design, engines and engineering, painting and finishing, Lifestyle Yachts makes sure you get the vessel you have always wanted.
MAKAWE Hair Salon: Sarndra Kennedy
Makawe is a boutique hair salon in the heart of Thames, owned and operated by Thames local and award winning stylist Sarndra Kennedy.
Tyla Pere followed in his mother's footsteps after training in one of the top Auckland salons where he meet and recruited his partner Lydia Mahon down to the beautiful Coromandel lifestyle.
Makawe is now a team of 4, with 3 extremely experienced stylists and a wonderful local assistant, that are highly specialise in cuts and chemical services using only the best products by P.E.T.A approved and environmentally friendly.
Make Your Day Events: Taryn Baines
I operate a small marquee/party hire and event-styling business on the Thames Coast with the aim of being the most affordable, quality hire business in Coromandel and Hauraki.
I specialise in transforming community halls and sports clubs into wedding-ready venues. I offer an extensive range of hire items and create a lot of decor stock myself.
I have built my business from scratch in just over a year. My main focus is on excellent customer service, and the feedback I get tells me that's why my customers are so happy.
Make Your Day Events is a family run business and we always promote the Coromandel as a fabulous place to get married.
Milly's Educare: Amelia & Adam Louden
Milly’s Educare Limited is an Early Childhood Centre established in March 2016 by myself and my husband Adam. I hold a Bachelor of Teaching with ten years’ experience and Adam is a qualified builder. We purchased the old Church in Turua on 18 December 2015, and in less than three months, we had converted it into Milly’s, licensed for 25 children aged between 0 and 6 years old.
We started out sixteen months ago with 3 full-time staff and 1 part-timer and have steadily grown the business to now provide employment for eight staff, including staff in training. The roll grew from an initial five on opening, to 100% occupancy within five months, and a two-year+ waiting list. We consider this success to be due to the spreading reputation of Milly’s philosophy.
Our vision was to provide the local community with a centre that celebrated the uniqueness of our rural environs and enrich the children with real-life experiences. Our values are to ensure children have a healthy environment and learn wholesome ethics about caring for their environment and producing food from nature to nourish themselves. Our goal is to give children a loving, nurturing, natural introduction to life and help them develop and grow into caring, inquisitive citizens of this ever-changing world!
We have maintained the open green spaces for children to run, roll, laugh and play on real grass, we have a chicken run for Molly, Polly and Lightening the chickens, we collect eggs and have extensive vegetable gardens, amongst the fruit trees. The children cultivate their own produce for baking and making healthy omelettes, soups and smoothies, etc. The ritual of planting, nurturing and harvesting their own produce then turning it into a shared meal is a real- life experience at Milly’s, that children are involved in, thrive on and enjoy!
Paeroa and Waihi Laundromat: Stephen Harries
Stink Brothers Ltd is a company and brand owned and operated by Stephen Harries that specialises in and values cleanliness. It does not matter if you are rich or poor, old or young, Maori, Pacific Island, English or Russian, you will value personal cleanliness because it is important.
Stink Brothers Ltd owns and operates laundromats in Paeroa and Waihi that are simple clean spaces with modern commercial washers and dryers and token operated showers in Paeroa. Stephen and his wife Krista have three active boys and the company name was inspired by the daily rigors of raising the boys in a busy household.
The company was incorporated in April 2016 and our aim has always been to make cleanliness accessible, affordable and convenient for all.
Pamper Me; Pauline De Thierry
In the last 5 years business Owner Director and Aesthetician Pauline De Thierry has repositioned Pamper Me to become one of a kind in the region.
The business has grown from a single therapist, back-alley operation into a fully integrated client experience driven by their customer needs, ranging from teenage acne to mature age skin management and advanced skin treatments.
We are a national multi award-winning salon with the passion for changing lives, by providing leading edge services and advanced skin technology.
Ranked in the top 5 DMK Salons in the South Pacific in 2016 and Number 1 for DMK pure in 2017, Pamper Me MediSpa has been honored and recognised as an elite clinic, loyal to the culture and belief of Client Care and Advance Skin Revision.
We strive on a strong Culture of Care, cherish our raving fans and our 5 passionate, skilled and spirited therapists continually strive for excellence, knowledge and the highest national standards and practises.
The Seagull Centre is a community focused organisation established in 2004 to oversee the operation of a resource recovery facility with the key objective of reducing the contribution of waste to landfill.
The Seagull Centre, registered as a charitable trust in 2005, is proud of an eleven year period of self- funded development operating as a facility for members of the local and regional communities to contribute, at no charge, unwanted domestic and commercial goods, materials and items otherwise destined as waste to landfill.
The inventory of contributed goods are in turn prepared and presented for resale to the local community generating revenue from the sale of goods for local employment, currently a staff level of twelve, and research and development.
The Seagull Centre re-distributes goods to low income families and provides education and workshop activities to raise the issues of responsible waste management, environmental protection, up-cycling and resource recovery.
Tairua Butchery; Brett Collins & Suzanne Brannigan
In 2002, we purchased what was Tairua Quality Meats and have successfully grown this into Tairua Butchery - a business at the hub of our community providing employment, quality goods and playing an important role in supporting other local businesses and community groups.
Our core service as a ‘Village’ butchery is to provide a great customer experience and a trusted place where people can come in and have a chat and a laugh while getting all their quality meat requirements. They may be permanent residents or holiday makers, and some may want specialty cuts, others are after a couple of sausages. It’s about the experience.
We also arrange home kills for farmers and use our craft to help them fill their freezers with quality cuts. Our packing and smoking services are also popular with local and visiting fisherman and hunters.
Our recent expansion with opening of our Whitianga Butchery is a reflection of our commitment to this great place and the great people of and visitors to The Coromandel.
The Green Grocer; Kay-Anne Joe
The Green Grocer is a Unique Produce Store located right in the main street of Thames.
Our store is custom designed to inspire you to be creative and enjoy your shopping experience.
Filled with fresh quality produce, Italian pastas , relishes, Asian spices and exotic cooking goods we are a destination not to miss.
Other services we offer include fresh cut flowers and bouquets, custom made gift boxes, breads, drinks, cheeses, and wholesale orders.
We pride ourselves on our customer service. Our friendly staff are happy to offer advice on recipes and cooking technique. As our mission statement from Annabel Langbein says: “When you start with fresh ingredients it’s easy to be a great cook”
The Lost Spring; Alan Hopping
The Lost Spring is New Zealand’s luxury thermal day resort, located in Whitianga on the Coromandel Peninsula. The Lost Spring is unique, with sculpted Geo-Thermal pools, a treetop Day Spa, and an onsite licensed restaurant, all set amidst lush gardens and winding walkways. Our water comes from 667 meters below the earth’s surface and is filled with natural minerals. The pools vary in temperature from 24-42 degrees Celsius.
Our restaurant and attentive staff provide full poolside service, with a delicious selection of food and beverages on offer while you relax, unwind and soak away the day.
The treetop Day Spa features a decadent selection of holistic, beauty and relaxation treatments, performed by a team of professional, internationally-trained therapists.
The Lost Spring is the ideal #daycation destination, a magical oasis for the body, mind and soul.
Trove Pauanui: Cara Milmine
Trove is an aptly named store of valuable and delightful things. Owner Cara Milmine personally selects all stock on display. The staff at Trove, located in the Pauanui Village Centre, pride themselves on their selection of essential appliances, indulgent gifts, elegant home-ware and little useful things.
Trove’s carefully curated range of gift-ware makes it a breeze to find that special something for friends and family of all ages, and staff love helping you find it. Trove stocks jewellery and scarves from Stella + Gemma, gorgeous scented candles, diffusers and body products from Ecoya and Ashley & Co., as well as products from Citta, French Country, and CC Interiors.
As agents for 100% Thames, Trove also supplies whiteware and appliances to customers in Pauanui and Tairua. In addition, Trove stocks those hard-to-find household items such as vacuum bag refills, extension cords, HDMI cables, SD cards and mobile phone chargers for the car.
Cara’s passion for thoughtful gifting, along with her staff’s extensive knowledge of what’s in store will ensure you select a gift that will be truly appreciated by your recipient or a stunning piece to complement your home or beach house. A boutique greeting card selection and complimentary gift-wrapping complete Trove’s giftware service.
Waiomu Beach Cafe: Julie McMillan
A vibrant café nestled in the picturesque Waiomu Bay, on the Thames Coast , providing exquisite food and supreme coffee and other beverages to local community and travellers enjoying the stunning Coromandel Peninsula.
We take pride in making our food ourselves – from a snack on the run to a full menu - utilising local and organic ingredients where and when possible to showcase the peninsula & ensuring fresh, healthy and decadent options are on offer to all, including those with specific dietary requirements.
Our coffee is Supreme, our teas infused, juices fresh & turmeric lattes home-made, teamed up with talented baristas to give your taste buds a perk up as well as a kick start whatever the time of day!
Child friendly, dog friendly and showcasing local artisan products, our fabulous and talented team bring you a unique experience based on our passion for service, energy for fun and all underpinned by our personal values regarding sustainability ~ with a mind to a responsible approach regarding community, environment and ethical business