Airfields are a great asset to Thames-Coromandel and provide enjoyment and economic opportunities beyond what you might expect. There are airfields in Pauanui, Matarangi, Coromandel, Thames, Whitianga, Waihi and three on Great Barrier Island which provide a fantastic loop that takes half a day or longer if you stop for beach swims at the end of some runways, coffee at nearby cafes or a browse at shops in local towns.