Walking up a stream, Kauaeranga Valley
The Kauaeranga Valley has many campgrounds nestled beside the Kauaeranga River, which flows down from the Coromandel Ranges through the valley. The valley has a choice of walks, swimming spots and historic relics from kauri logging days.
View the Kauaeranga Valley recreation brochure (PDF, 2,830K).
Climb The Pinnacles for panoramic views of the southern Coromandel, or visit a replica model dam like those used in the days of kauri logging.
Horse riding, mountain biking, abseiling, walking, tramping, camping, fishing, swimming and hunting are the types of recreational opportunities available in Coromandel Forest Park.
You can stay at Pinnacles Hut in the upper Kauaeranga Valley. There are also eight campgrounds next to the Kauaeranga River to choose from as well as some remote campsites.
How to get there. To ensure you have a good experience, please learn the rules and regulations of the DOC areas you plan to visit.
Kauaeranga Valley is situated 15km east of Thames and suitable for day trips and overnight camps (camping ground and lodge available).
From the 1870s to the 1920s the Kauaeranga Valley was logged extensively. At this historic heritage site you can learn more about the timber industry history of the area.
Find businesses that are DOC-approved to provide activities and services in Kauaeranga Valley.
DOC maps: Discover the outdoors - DOC's key places, campsites, tracks and huts, and visitor centres on a map
Check, Clean, Dry between waterways and stop the spread of didymo.
Follow the Outdoor Safety Code:1. Plan your trip2. Tell someone3. Be aware of the weather4. Know your limits5. Take sufficient supplies
Alerts for Coromandel places