The Kauaeranga Visitor Centre is your gateway to the Kauaeranga Valley, Coromandel Forest Park and Northern Coromandel region.

Kauaeranga Visitor Centre.
The Kauaeranga Visitor Centre

Kauaeranga Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 7 867 9080
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Address:   995C Kauaeranga Valley Road
Thames 3577
Postal Address:   PO Box 343
Thames 3540

 Opening hours

  • 8:30 am – 4:00 pm daily off peak/shoulder season
  • 8:30 am – 5:00 pm peak summer season
  • Closed Christmas day

Note: The Visitor Centre will close during severe weather.


View displays on the unique cultural, historic, and natural features of the Kauaeranga Valley.

Watch a 20 minute film about the history of kauri logging in the valley "The Last of the Kauri Bushmen" in our theatre, as well as a number of other nature films. (Gold coin donation.)


  • Toilets inside the centre, and 24 hour toilets at the end of the carpark.
  • Refreshments and camping supplies.
  • Filtered water from tap.

After hours information for campers

If you arrive after hours and wish to stay in one of the nine campgrounds you can pay by cash in the envelope provided at the visitor centre. You can also pay online through this website.

If you wish to pay by card you must pay at the visitor centre during opening hours.

Kahikatea campground is for certified self-contained campervans only. These sites are booked online or at the centre, but you must collect keys at the centre during opening hours unless prior arrangements have been made.

Kauri dieback

The first cases of kauri dieback have been found on the Coromandel. To prevent this spreading, wash your gear at the stations at the visitor centre. More about kauri dieback.

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