Kauaeranga Kauri Trail

Alert/Important notice

Kauaeranga Valley Road now open

The Kauaeranga Valley Road is now fully open, but is only one lane at the point where the slip occurred. This is approximately 3 km past the Visitor Centre. The road may be subject to reclosure without warning in the event of heavy rain and/or at the discretion of the Department of Conservation. Please drive with care.

The bridge at the bottom of the Billygoat track is closed due to flood damage meaning people will have to cross through the river at this point. This is not advised during or after heavy rainfall.

Track category

Walking track

Description

(Track numbers relate to the Kauaeranga tracks map)

10. Kauaeranga road end - Billygoat circuit

Time: 4 - 5 hr

Track to Pinnacles Hut.
Track to Pinnacles Hut

From the roadend car park, cross the river at the swingbridge, continuing alongside it to Webb Creek, then follow the historic packhorse route (steep in places) used by kauri bushmen in the 1920's to travel to logging sites in in the upper Kauaeranga Valley. After crosssing Webb Creek you will climb steps cut into rock to make the journey easier for the packhorses. Care is required in places as the steps can be slippery.

At the Hydro Camp junction (1.5 to 2.5 hr) take the Billygoat track where a steady 30 minute climb leads to a saddle with excellent views down the Kauaeranga Valley to the Hauraki Plains.  Drop down into Billygoat Basin, cross Billygoat Stream before passing through a clearing with basic camping facilities and then 5 minutes further on, a 50-metre side track overlooks the site of the collapsed long trestle bridge, once part of the bush tramline. Back on the main track, follow the tramline past the Short Trestle and Billygoat Falls (180 metres) before emerging at the Kauaeranga River.

11. Kauaeranga Roadend - Pinnacles Hut

Time: 2.5 - 3 hr one way

From the roadend car park, walk to the swingbridge, cross the river and continue alongside the river to Webb Creek, then follow the historic packhorse route to the hydro Camp (1.5 - 2 hr). (See No 10 for more information).

The track from the Hydro Camp climbs and sidles around a hill before following a more open ridge with spectacular views of the east coast, before dropping down along a signposted side track for about 10 minutes to Pinnacles Hut. Look for the remains of Dancing Camp Dam 5 minutes down the track from the hut. This stringer flume dam, built in 1921, was the second largest dam in the valley and was partly restored in 1994. 

12. Pinnacles Hut - Pinnacles

The Pinnacles.
The Pinnacles

Time: 40 min one way

A steady climb, steep in places, follows a well constructed stepped path 1 km in length to the summit of the Pinnacles (759 metres). Here there are spectacular views of the bush, mountains and coastline of the eastern Coromandel. Take care at the summit.

Getting there

The Kauaeranga Valley is east of Thames on the Coromandel Peninsula.

Places to stay


Campsites

Campsites are located at Pinnacles Hut (Dancing Camp) and on the Billy Goat Track (Billy Goat Basin):

  • Dancing Camp: 4 tent sites; 12 people maximum; $5 adult/night, $2.50 child/youth/night (5 - 17 years)
  • Billy Goat Basin: 10 tent sites; 30 people maximum; $5 adult/night, $2.50 child/youth/night (5 - 17 years)

Booking

Bookings for the hut and campsites on the Kauaeranga Kauri Trail must be made via the online booking system or through the Kauaeranga Visitor Centre well before your trip.

Before you book, read the terms and conditions.

Bookings made through the Visitor Centre incur a booking fee.

Plan and prepare

Before you go into the outdoors, tell someone your plans and leave a date to raise the alarm if you haven't returned. To do this, use the New Zealand Outdoors Intentions process on the AdventureSmart website. It is endorsed by New Zealand's search and rescue agencies and provides three simple options to tell someone you trust the details about your trip.


Related link

Kauaeranga Valley recreation brochure (PDF, 2,830K)

 

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Safety

Follow the Outdoor Safety Code:
1. Plan your trip
2. Tell someone
3. Be aware of the weather
4. Know your limits
5. Take sufficient supplies

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Contacts

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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