Kauaeranga Kauri Trail, South-Central Coromandel, North Island, New Zealand
Kauaeranga Kauri Trail - Thames Area - The Coromandel Region
Kauaeranga Kauri Trail (Thames Area)
A track steeped in Kauri logging history. Remnants of the logging days can be seen on the track and in fact, the track itself follows the old packhorse track that took supplies up to the kauri loggers working and living in the hills. Giant kauri stumps, abandoned logs, kauri dams and old tramlines can also be seen on this walk. The highlight of the trip is the last section of the track which is a steep climb leading to the jagged summit of the Pinnacles. Walkers are rewarded with magnificent panoramic views of the Coromandel region.
A visitor centre is located at Kauaeranga Valley on the way to the start of the Pinnacles Walk. At the Visitor Centre there is an audio-visual show and displays that informs visitors about the history of the valley.
Directions: Take the signposted turn from State Highway 25 opposite the Toyota factory at the southern entrance to Thames.
Kauaeranga Visitor Centre, is 13kms up the valley and this is where hut tickets can be picked up or collected. The start of the Kauaeranga Kauri trail is at the Kauaeranga Valley road end, nine kilometers from the visitor centre.
Length: 8 hours round trip. This walk can be done in one day however it can also be done as an overnight staying at the Pinnacles Hut. It is an approx three-hour walk to the Pinnacles Hut then a two-hour return trip to the Pinnacles from the hut. The hut is a modern eighty-bunk hut.
Note: Care must be taken at the summit. Walkers will be required to a bit of scrambling up rocks.
It is recommended that visitors book the hut in advance particularly if walking the track during the weekend. Mid-week walking is recommended as there are fewer people walking the track.
To book contact the Kauaeranga Visitor Centre via
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or for further detailed information: please visit the Kauaeranga Valley Trail Website.
Kauaeranga Valley Trail