There are a number of short walks in the Valley to choose from.
Time: 20 min/900 m return
A walk leads from the visitor centre through native plantings to the one-third scale replica kauri driving dam. The path crosses the dam as far as the old water race but you will then need to retrace your steps back to the visitor centre and car park.
Time: 30 min/500 m return
Information panels along this easy walk introduce you to the valley’s native trees and shrubs. Look for the old water supply intake which once fed Thames township and associated stamper batteries. Hoffman's Pool is a great place for a picnic and a summer swim.
Time: 20 min/500 m return
The Jasper Creek Walk starts at Hotoritori campsite and passes through regenerating totara, rimu, towai, kahikatea, with several varieties of fungi and ground orchids. The walk finishes back at the campsite.
Time: 1 hr/1.2 km return
Access this walk from the road between Hotoritori and Whangaiterenga Campsites. It involves a climb up to a lookout with excellent views of the valley and Table Mountain. You can return to the road via the same track or descend to Whangaiterenga Campsite, with a 4-minute walk back along the road.to your starting point.
Time: 1 hr/1.4 km return
Cross the concrete ford beyond Whangaiterenga campsite and walk along a well-formed metal track through manuka-towai forest to a rock outcrop and saddle with extensive views of the valley. This is a favourite spot for abseiling.
Time: 30 min/1 km return
A raised boardwalk takes you through a variety of vegetation from manuka, fivefinger, karamu and koromiko growing at the forest edge, into rewarewa, mahoe, towai, tawa, rimu and rata and past a swampy area with kahikatea and other wetland plants. Nikau and at least three species of tree ferns can be seen along the way.
The Kauaeranga Valley is east of Thames on the Coromandel Peninsula.