The Pinnacles walk follows the original steps constructed for packhorses which carried supplies for kauri loggers, gum diggers and gold miners who plundered the area in the early 1900’s.
Located in the stunning Kaueranga Valley - upriver from Thames on the Coromandel Peninsula - the Pinnacles walk rates as one of New Zealand’s most popular overnighters, with an 80 bed Department of Conservation (DOC) hut often booked out well in advance (but well worth checking).
A 3 - 4 hour walk to the base of the Pinnacles traverses through groves of nikau palms, huge rata trees, and across streams and swingbridges. Crossing the streams you can imagine the roar of huge torrents of water and logs rushing past as the kauri dams upstream were released sending thousands of huge kauri logs downstream towards Thames.
The DOC hut sleeps up to 80 people and is one of the most luxurious huts you will ever come across. Amenities include a cold shower, solar lighting, BBQ, gas cookers and a solid fuel burner. Cooking utensils are not provided.
An early start the next morning will see you clambering carefully up the peak of the Pinnacles to see the first rays of sun hitting the Pacific Ocean and offshore islands of the Coromandel.
You’ll want a good head for heights but will be rewarded with 360 degree panoramic views of both coasts of the Coromandel, the Bay of Plenty, Hauraki Gulf and Plains. A real world on it's own and well worth the walk.
Reaching the summit of the Pinnacles should be something every Kiwi does at least once... Marcus Lush from the New Zealand program North claimed it to be the highlight of the series!
$15.30 adult/night, $7.60 child/youth/night (5 -17 years), preschool free (0-4 years) - check the Department of Conservation website for current price.
Bookings must be made via the online booking system on the DOC website or through the Kauaeranga Visitor Centre well before your trip as the hut is often booked out well in advance.
For more information about the Pinnacles click here.
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