Kauaeranga Valley: Coromandel places to visit

Walkers in Kauaeranga Valley
Image: Donald van der Westhuizen | Creative Commons


There are many campsites beside the Kauaeranga River. Extensive kauri logging took place from the 1870s to the 1920s and the native forests you see are regrowth.


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.

Place overview


  • Climbing
  • Horse riding
  • Hunting
  • Mountain biking
  • Swimming
  • Walking and tramping


  • Visitor centre

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Historic sightseeing

The valley has a choice of relics from kauri logging days. The Kauaeranga Kauri Trail traverses steep and rugged country along tracks built by kauri bushmen between the 1870s and 1920s.

Mountain biking

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Mountain biker

Although there are tracks designated for mountain biking behind the Hotoritori Campground, 2 km past the Kauaeranga Visitor Centre, the facilites are undeveloped and can become overgrown when not in regular use. Riders should check with Visitor Centre staff for updates on the prevailing conditions before setting out.


There are many swimming spots along the Kauaeranga River, and you can stop anywhere up the Kauaeranga Valley and access the river.

Hoffman’s Pool is very popular. Tracks opposite Hotoritori Campground go down to some good swimming holes. Also, just down from Shag Stream Campground there is a good swimming (and fishing) spot, with a sandy bank which is good for families.


You may bring your dog to the Hotoritori and Booms Flat campgrounds in the Kauaeranga Valley but they are strictly prohibited at all other campgrounds.

Dogs on a leash are permitted on most walking tracks in the Valley but are not permitted on the Kauaeranga Kauri Trail, the Pinnacles Track or at the Pinnacles Hut.

No other domestic animals are allowed except for horses on the horse riding trail.


The rock outcrop at Edward’s Lookout is a favourite spot for abseiling.

Child/family friendly activities

Visit the Kauaerange Visitor Centre for displays, films and the summer Eco-Arts Festival.

6 Weeks of Summer

The Kauaeranga Valley 6 Weeks of Summer runs between December and January from the visitor centre.

Horse riding

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.

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    About this place

    Getting there

    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. After 10 km the road becomes gravel, travel another 3 km to the DOC 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.


    Kauaeranga Visitor Centre
    Phone:   +64 7 867 9080
    Email:   kauaerangavc@doc.govt.nz
    Address:   995C Kauaeranga Valley Road
    Thames 3577
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