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There are many campsites beside the Kauaeranga River. Extensive kauri logging took place from the 1870s to the 1920s and the native forests you see are regrowth.


At 759 m high, the Pinnacles have panoramic views of the bush, mountains and coastline of the southern Coromandel.

A replica model dam (built to scale) like those used in the days of kauri logging is just a short walk from the Kauaeranga Visitor Centre.

Place overview


  • Climbing
  • Horse riding
  • Hunting
  • Mountain biking
  • Swimming
  • Walking and tramping


  • Visitor centre

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    About this place

    Getting there

    The Kauaeranga Valley is 13 km to the east in behind the town of Thames, on the Coromandel Peninsula. 

    When driving into Thames from the south turn right down Banks Street and follow this road. After 10 km the road becomes gravel, travel another 3 km to the DOC visitor centre. 

    There is another 9 km of gravel road past the visitor centre, most of the walks start from various points along this part of the road.


    Kauaeranga Visitor Centre
    Phone:   +64 7 867 9080
    Address:   Kauaeranga Valley Road
    Thames 3577
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    Hauraki Office
    Phone:   +64 7 867 9180
    Address:   Corner of Pahau and Kirkwood Streets
    Thames 3500
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    Waiau / Coromandel Base
    Phone:   +64 7 866 1100
    Address:   TCDC Building
    355 Kapanga Road
    Coromandel 3506
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