Kauaeranga Valley Road now open / Coal stocks run out
Updated 28 August 2014:
- Kauaeranga Valley Road is now fully open, but is only one lane at the point where the slip occurred. This is approx 3 km past the Visitor Centre. The road may be subject to reclosure without warning in the event of heavy rain, or at the discretion of the Department of Conservation. Drive with care.
- Coal stocks have run out and are awaiting replenishment. Do not use surrounding native bush as fuel.
Fees and payment
$15 adult/night, $7.50 child/youth/night (5 - 17 years), preschool free (0 - 4 years).
The Backcountry Hut Pass and other DOC tickets are not valid for use at Crosbies Hut.
Book Crosbies Hut online or contact:
Read booking terms and conditions before you book.
Note: A surcharge will apply for bookings made through the Kauaeranga Visitor Centre.
Crosbies Hut was built in 2010 and offers panoramic views of the Coromandel Main Range - north towards Maumaupaki and Mercury Bay and from the Firth of Thames in the west to Table Mountain and the Upper Kauaeranga Valley in the east. The lights of Whitianga are visible at night. View a photo gallery.
The hut is situated in an old farming settlement established in 1880, with Thomas Hunter Crosbie being the first settler. Access was by foot, horseback or horse-drawn sledge. There are still some fences alongside the track leading up to the hut. The area became part of the Coromandel Forest Park in 1970.
At the hut site there is a memorial for two Swedish tourists who went missing while tramping in the area in 1989.
Tracks and walks
Crosbies hut is located on the Memorial Loop Track off the Main Range Track, approximately 12 km north east of Thames.
The Hut can be accessed from a number of tracks, with two access points from Thames township (Waiotahi and Karaka), two off the Thames Coast Highway (SH 25) (Te Puru and Waiomu) one off the Tapu-Coroglen Road and one from the Kauaeranga Valley. The Waiotahi Track can be extremely muddy in wet weather. Allow 4 to 6 hours for all access tracks to Crosbies Hut.
For further information about these tracks please contact the Kauaeranga Valley Visitor Centre.
There 5 tent sites near the hut (maximum of 15 people). $5 adult/night, $2.50 child/youth/night (5 - 17 years)
Grid reference: Topo50 map sheet BB35, E1831356 N5896874
Park or reserve
Plan and prepare
Visitors should ensure they are self sufficient with food, cooking equipment and lighting. A good level of fitness is required. To deter vermin, surplus food should not be left in the hut.