IntroductionThere are many campsites beside the Kauaeranga River.
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.
Find things to do and places to stay Kauaeranga Valley
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.
The Kauaeranga River provides many opportunities for swimming. The best-known swimming hole is at Hoffmans Pool about 1.5 km up the road from the Visitor Centre. The pool close to the Shag Stream Campsite is a good place for families, being shallow on the entry side and deep on the
There are many other swimming spots along the stretch of river from the Visitor Centre to the road end.
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.
Thefts from vehicles
Isolated carparks are prone to theft. Don't leave any valuables in your vehicle. A bag storage facility is available at the Kauaeranga Visitor Centre.
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.