A unique, heritage experience.

Sunkist Guesthouse was built with strong timber of the famous Kauri, Totara and Matai trees during the bustling days of the Thames Goldfields in the mid 1860’s the former Lady Bowen Hotel still stands proud and prominent in the old historical Grahamstown main street – Brown St.

Since the mid 1860’s this establishment has been providing a haven for travellers to Thames and the Coromandel Peninsula in some form or another.

Over the last 16 years we have made the hotel our family home and we are happy to share it with you. We have undertaken to protect as much of the authentic design and construction as possible so you get to experience a little of the ambience and feel of its heritage as one of the oldest buildings in Thames and New Zealand. We continue to ensure you as travellers have a relaxing place to stay on your journey. As it is our home we do have some pets who normally keep out of your way but enjoy a little pat if you so wish to do so.


The guesthouse includes:

  • The best night’s sleep in Thames
  • Private Queen, Twin or Single Rooms
  • Group shared room for those adventure weekends away with friends.
  • Guesthouse shared bathroom facilities with private showers (they didn’t have ensuites back in the day)
  • Self-catering kitchen for lunch and evening meals
  • Outdoor entertaining, garden and BBQ area
  • Lounge with pool table, TV, DVD’s chess, board and card games
  • Plenty of spaces to curl up in a chair, relax and read a good book.

Absorb the charm and elegance

The original Lady Bowen Hotel reopened in 1869 after extensive renovations to the previous building.  Named after the Contessa-Lady Bowen (Diamantine – wife of Governor Bowen at the time) it is one of the founding hotels in Thames.

Our story is full of rich and colourful characters and while the old Liquor Licence transferred to across the street in 1951, the legacy lives on.

What you can do

Spoilt for choice – so little time.

With a history steeped in tales of miners, pioneers and a few good old fashioned shoot outs, Thames is the home of one of the New Zealand’s most well kept secrets (the Kauaeranga Valley) along with many well-known attractions filled with memorabilia, treasures and memories of old, all lovingly restored and maintained for your exploration, learning and pleasure.

But it’s not just for those with a passion for history. Thames is also central to all the natural wonders of the wider Coromandel. Experience the power and majesty of the Coromandel Ranges, take a stroll to the top of Castle Rock or challenge your fitness with a day hike up the Pinnacles. Ride the new mountain and bike trails,  meander through the east coast towns and local artist studios or taste the fresh seasonal seafood as close to the point of harvest as you can get.

Or, if you really want to explore your limits – book a day of extreme adventure with the CANYONZ NZ crew to find out how adventurous you really are!!


    • Saturday markets
    • Small Gauge Train
    • Gold Mining experience
    • Thames Coastal Walk
    • Underfoot Gallery
    • Walking tracks
    • Rail Trail
    • Rapaura Water Gardens
    • Butterfly House
    • Thames Art Society & Gallery

Rock or Boat Fishing
Horse Riding
Amazing Sunsets
Quirky Shops, Cafe’s, Bars,
Amazing History and Musemns

Its all here for all ages and Interests and just 90 minutes from almost everywhere