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  • Writer's pictureGavin Buchanan

CHANGES - but everything stays the same

First I changed my spots

Now I’m changing my stripes...

From Testing Officer for five years to AA driving instructor as part of AA Driving School for four years, I'm now changing to be your local independent driving school continuing under the business name I've always used - Thames Driver Training.

Our white dual controlled Suzuki Swift will very soon sport our new logo and new zingy brand colours of blue and orange for extra visibility and safety.

Apart from that, nothing changes! Same great driving lessons with Gavin Buchanan that have helped hundreds of locals pass their test. More great Learner Licence Courses and Defensive Driving Courses. More dad jokes…

"I’m excited to become your truly local independent driving school covering Thames, Waihi, Paeroa and Whangamata. Aside from the new look logo and car, nothing changes."

same easy online bookings

Our online booking system at has been in place for four years now making it super quick to see lesson availability at a glance in any town. Our system even automatically emails your appointment/s and sends a text reminder to your phone the day before.


Our blue tones reflect the Coromandel seas that surrounds us here on the Peninsula. With a bright "road cone" orange tick (that also works as a "v" in our name) as a contrast.

new social media icon

This bright orange tick on our facebook page means you've found the right place for local driving lessons in Thames, Waihi, Paeroa and Whangamata.

See you around town in our new look car!


Ka kite for now, Gavin Buchanan Your local Driving Instructor Thames Driver Training Ph 027 2686381

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