We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Want the lowest hotel prices? You're in the right place. We check 200+ sites for you.
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Address: 705 - 709 Queen Street, Thames 3540, New Zealand
Phone Number:
+64 7-868 8827
See all hours
Mon 11:00 - 15:00
Thu - Sat 11:00 - 15:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

The Coromandel Heritage Trust was formed in 2003 to establish THE TREASURY,...

The Coromandel Heritage Trust was formed in 2003 to establish THE TREASURY, a purpose-built archive and family history centre in Thames, New Zealand. The Treasury preserves and promotes the history and stories of the people in the Thames, Coromandel & Hauraki region - a region which played such a big part in the early development of New Zealand.

The Treasury houses an ever-growing collection of resources relating to the early history of Thames and the entire Coromandel Region. For the historical researcher, we have a large collection of history books and historical manuscripts as well as many resources to help research your family history, such as newspapers, magazines, photographs, Jubilee books, family records and certificates.

read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 16 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 7
  • 6
    Very good
  • 1
  • 1
  • 1

A wonderful archive of information and photos. Plus there is the bonus of fascinating lectures! Plus to add to an outing to the Coromandel Peninsula is some great beaches, scenery... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 21 October 2016
Add Photo Write a Review

16 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Showing 16: English reviews
Level Contributor
275 reviews
92 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016

We called in to have a look as we were aware of the project from a few years ago and were curious to see how it had turned out. The facility is very well presented. We were well received by the volunteer staff . There were a number of visitors as we were there and the facility seems to be... More 

Level Contributor
2,472 reviews
1,910 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 560 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

A wonderful archive of information and photos. Plus there is the bonus of fascinating lectures! Plus to add to an outing to the Coromandel Peninsula is some great beaches, scenery and good feelings - plenty of beautiful places to go.

Thank KarolaRS
Auckland, New Zealand
Level Contributor
5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016

We were looking for a gravesite of someone who drowned in the Firth of Thames in 1865, if it existed. We knew that records could be sketchy but thought that if there was something on file it would be held at this place. All we wanted to do was look at the cemetery records to see if the name was... More 

Thank DawnG2305
NicoleThorburn, Public Relations Manager at The Treasury, responded to this review

We are sorry you were unable to find anything to help you, and that you weren’t happy with the volunteer on duty that particular day. We are all volunteers. We do hold regular workshops for our volunteers, and we have noted your comments. We will remind them about this again at the next workshop. Our volunteers are there to see... More 

Thames, New Zealand
Level Contributor
37 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 June 2016

This is a really great place to get family history for the Thames area. The staff are very helpful and we were able to gather quite a bit of info. Well worth a visit but do a wee bit of research first

Thank Gloria T
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Level Contributor
40 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2015 via mobile

My mistake in not researching this properly, its nothing to do with money. Apparently great for researching families.

Thank Louise2153
Coromandel Peninsula, New Zealand
Level Contributor
49 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2015

Easy to find. Smart look from street . Great use of one of the Carnegie Libraries gifted to NZ back in early 1900's.A relative treasure chest of family history and Coromandel Peninsula history. Being a real history buff, needs are met.

2 Thank 763anne
Christchurch, New Zealand
Level Contributor
114 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2015 via mobile

I stopped to find family history info. Brilliant. The volunteer staff were awesome. They assisted me and made my visit worthwhile. There is a hourly research charge. Worth every penny. Well done team!

3 Thank waynefmarriott
Otago Region, New Zealand
Level Contributor
163 reviews
99 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 June 2015

Great place to leisurely track your family history and also enjoy the local gold history from the surrounding Coromandel District. Beautiful building, many great old photos to peruse.

3 Thank Zavija
Thames, New Zealand
Level Contributor
26 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2015

This is a beautiful building well worth a visit. It use to be the old Carnegie Library and the building is now used for people who want to search for genealogy purposes or the history of Thames/Hauraki area. The volunteers are very helpful and it is due to their dedication this resource is available to the public.

1 Thank Vegetarianfoodcritic
NicoleThorburn, Public Relations Manager at The Treasury, responded to this review

Hi Vegetarianfoodcritic, thanks for your review. Thanks for the feedback on our volunteers; I'll pass that on to them. I believe the Carnegie Free Library we're housed in is one of the best-preserved in New Zealand - certainly the only one with its original footprint. It's great that we can offer books and heritage resources to the public in a... More 

New Plymouth, New Zealand
Level Contributor
136 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2015

Stopped off here to check what records were held on my great grandparents who lived in in the 1890s and where my paternal grandfather was born and raised. The (volunteer) staff were very helpful, a wide range of records were held relating to the Thames & Coromandel District (BDMs, School Registers etc).

1 Thank Geoff N
NicoleThorburn, Public Relations Manager at The Treasury, responded to this review

Hi Geoff, thanks for the feedback. I'm glad you found information about your family within our collection. We're expanding all the time as more records are donated and indexed - pop back soon to see what's new. It's always good to hear feedback about our volunteers; I'll pass on your comments to the Reading Room and reception teams. Nicole Thorburn... More 

Travellers who viewed The Treasury also viewed

Thames, Coromandel Peninsula
Thames, Coromandel Peninsula

Been to The Treasury? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from The Treasury staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?