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Introduction

Find out about the tramping tracks in the Kauaeranga Valley area.

Highlights

Topographic map warning

Topo50 maps show tracks that have been permanently closed to prevent the spread of kauri dieback disease.

Check the Kauaeranga valley map (PDF, 2,321K) for open tracks. Only open tracks are shown on this map.

Track overview

Walking and tramping

Advanced: Tramping track

Dog access

Dogs on a leash only
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About this track

Description

There are a number of tramping tracks in the Valley to choose from. 

Piraunui Track

Time: 2 hr one way

This track starts near the Kauaeranga Visitor Centre after crossing the Kauaeranga River (unbridged). Follow the markers across private farmland to the forest park boundary. Once in the forest, the track climbs up the western side of the valley to the Kopu-Hikuai Road. The Piraunui Valley contains forested river flats, stands of regenerating kauri and unusual rock formations.

Tarawaere Dam Track loop

Time: 2-3 hr loop

Just past the Totara Flat Campsite, cross the Kauaeranga River (there is no bridge) and follow the Tarawaere Stream, crossing it many times, to the remnants of a rafter flume dam (on which the model dam near the visitor centre is based). At the intersection above the dam the left fork continues the loop back to the Kauaeranga River. The other fork connects with the Billygoat Walking Track.

Tarawaere Dam - Billygoat circuit

Time: 4 hr

No dogs permitted

Beyond Tarawaere Dam the track follows an old packhorse trail and climbs to a ridge at 500 metres. This track is steep in places and can be slippery in wet conditions. It joins the Billygoat walking track near the remains of the Long Trestle. Follow the track back past the short trestles to the Kauaeranga River to complete a circuit.

Kauaeranga Road end to Moss Creek

Time: 3 hr one way 

From the car park, go past the Webb Creek junction following the river. Cross the river on the suspension bridge and then climb steeply to the Moss Creek campsite.

No dogs permitted on this track. 

Pinnacles Hut to Rangihau Road end

Time: 6 hr one way  

No dogs permitted

The track descends steadily for about an hour to a river crossing (no bridge), then climbs steeply through scrubland. After crossing a side stream the track drops steadily through scrubland towards Rangihau Road. There is a further 3-4 hours of walking along a rough 4WD road to Coroglen unless arrangements have been made for a vehicle pick up.

Broken Hills via the Hihi

More extensive tramping from the Kauaeranga Valley through to Broken Hills is possible but should be attempted by experienced trampers only. For information on this track contact the Kauaeranga Visitor Centre.

Whangaiterenga to Crosbies Hut 

Time: 4-6 hr one way

The track rises steadily from the Valley to Orange Peel Corner, crossing the Whangaiterenga stream three times. There are no bridges so not recommended after heavy rain.

Getting there

The Kauaeranga Valley is east of Thames on the Coromandel Peninsula.

Know before you go

Before you go into the outdoors, tell someone your plans and leave a date to raise the alarm if you haven't returned. To do this, use the New Zealand Outdoors Intentions process on the AdventureSmart website. It is endorsed by New Zealand's search and rescue agencies and provides three simple options to tell someone you trust the details about your trip.

Contacts

Kauaeranga Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 7 867 9080
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Email:   kauaerangavc@doc.govt.nz
Address:   995C Kauaeranga Valley Road
Thames 3577
Postal Address:   PO Box 343
Thames 3540
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