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.
Topo50 maps show tracks that have been permanently closed to prevent the spread of kauri dieback disease.
The rock outcrop at Edwards Lookout is a favourite spot for abseiling.
The Hotoritori area in the Kauaeranga Valley is available for horse riding although tracks can become overgrown when not in regular use. Riders can use the forest access roads or follow a track along the ridge to Mangarehu.
Visit Kauaeranga Visitor Centre for track, hut and campsite information, as well as visual displays of the area’s kauri logging days.
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. The road is sealed as far as the 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.
Kauri trees in the Kauaeranga Valley were logged extensively in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Over 60 dams were built but only one, Dancing Camp, remains substantially intact today. Read about kauri driving dams, including Dancing Camp.
DOC-managed indigenous timber industry heritage sites include Kaiarara Driving Dams on Great Barrier Island and Port Craig Mill and Settlement in Southland.
Kauri are among the world's mightiest trees, growing to over 50 m tall, with trunk girths up to 16 m, and living for over 2,000 years.
Kauaeranga Valley has it all - camping, walking and tramping, swimming and more!
From 15 December 2021 eligible people must be fully vaccinated to use DOC accommodation.