The valley has a choice of relics from kauri logging days. The Kauaeranga Kauri Trail traverses steep and rugged country along tracks built by kauri bushmen between the 1870s and 1920s.
Although there are tracks designated for mountain biking behind the Hotoritori Campground, 2 km past the Kauaeranga Visitor Centre, the facilites are undeveloped and can become overgrown when not in regular use. Riders should check with Visitor Centre staff for updates on the prevailing conditions before setting out.
There are many swimming spots along the Kauaeranga River, and you can stop anywhere up the Kauaeranga Valley and access the river.
Hoffman’s Pool is very popular. Tracks opposite Hotoritori Campground go down to some good swimming holes. Also, just down from Shag Stream Campground there is a good swimming (and fishing) spot, with a sandy bank which is good for families.
You may bring your dog to the Hotoritori and Booms Flat campgrounds in the Kauaeranga Valley but they are strictly prohibited at all other campgrounds.
Dogs on a leash are permitted on most walking tracks in the Valley but are not permitted on the Kauaeranga Kauri Trail, the Pinnacles Track or at the Pinnacles Hut.
No other domestic animals are allowed except for horses on the horse riding trail.
The rock outcrop at Edward’s Lookout is a favourite spot for abseiling.
Child/family friendly activities
Visit the Kauaerange Visitor Centre for displays, films and the summer Eco-Arts Festival.