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10 April 2015: Access closed to Piraunui Track

Access to the Piraunui Track from Kauaeranga Valley Road and Kopu-Hikuai Road is closed until further notice.

17 December 2014: Bridge closed

The bridge at the bottom of the Billygoat Track is closed due to flood damage so visitors will need to cross through the river at this point. River crossings are not advisable during or after heavy rainfall. The Webb Creek track up to the Pinnacles Hut is unaffected by this bridge closure.


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.

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


  • Visitor centre
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      The Pinnacles.
      The Pinnacles

      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
      Email:   kauaerangavc@doc.govt.nz
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      Hauraki Office
      Phone:      +64 7 867 9180
      Email:   thames@doc.govt.nz
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      Waiau / Coromandel Base
      Phone:      +64 7 866 1100
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