Kauaeranga Kauri Trail - Pinnacles Walk

1-2 DAYS

12 km

Highlights

  • Rich in history
  • Expansive views
  • Incredible sunrises

Proximity

GRADE: INTERMEDIATE

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The Pinnacles Track climbs through ruggedly beautiful mountain ranges in the Coromandel Peninsula. It's one of New Zealand's most popular overnight walks.

The Coromandel
The Pinnacles, The Coromandel

By Pauanui Pines Motor Lodge

The Coromandel
The Pinnacles, The Coromandel

By Destination Coromandel

The Coromandel
Pinnacles Mood, The Coromandel

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The Coromandel
Kauaeranga Valley, Thames, The Coromandel

By Kauaeranga Valley

Kauaeranga Kauri Trail Itinerary

Located upriver from Thames in the stunning Kaueranga Valley, The Pinnacles Walk follows an original packhorse track constructed in the early 1900s for transporting natural resources through lush forest. 

Day 1

Kauaeranga Roadend > Pinnacles Hut

Cross the swingbridge and follow the track to Webb Creek before joining the historic packhorse and kauri loggers' route to the hydro Camp. Take in spectacular east coast views as you follow the ridgeline, then descend to the Pinnacles Hut.

Day 2

Pinnacles Hut > Pinnacles > Billygoat Track

To catch the ultimate beauty of the valley, climb to the the 40min walk very top of the Pinnacles, where you can enjoy the 360-degree views of both coasts of the Coromandel, the Bay of Plenty and the Hauraki Gulf and Plains. At sunrise, this is a truly magical experience.

Return via the Billygoat track to Kauaeranga road end.

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Department of Conservation

Click on the link below for more information and detailed maps about this walk.

Kauaeranga Kauri Trail - Pinnacles Walk

More information

Getting there:

  • From Thames, turn right into Banks Street.
  • Follow the road until you reach the Kauaeranga Visitor Centre.
  • Continues a further 9 km to the road end. 

Accommodation:

During the walk

  • The Pinnacles Hut is an 80 bunk modern and serviced DOC hut, visit the DOC website to book.

Before and After

  • The town of Thames offers a number of accommodation options.

Guided Walk Operators
A number of specialist tour operators can aid in bringing your Pinnacles walking experience to life. 

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