Crossing the main Kauaeranga River at the Tarawaere swingbridge
Image: Kathrin Marks | Creative Commons


Catleys Track and the Wainora Kauri Track are two of the walking tracks in the Kauaeranga Valley.

Track overview

Walking and tramping

Easy: Walking track

Dog access

Dogs on a leash only

  • Kauri dieback
    Help stop kauri dieback

    Kauri dieback disease is killing our native kauri. It spreads by soil movement, but you can help prevent it.

    • Stay away from kauri tree roots.
    • Clean your gear before and after visiting kauri forest.

About this track


There are a number of walking tracks in the Valley to choose from. Numbers correspond with numbers in the brochure (see above) with track names used on the ground.

8. Catleys Track

Time: 45 min/1.4 km one way

Cross the main Kauaeranga River at the Tarawaere swingbridge and walk along river flats and through regenerating forest. The walking track finishes on the opposite side of the river from Catleys Campsite. You will need to return by the same track unless you ford the river. Carefully assess the river conditions before attempting a crossing.

9. Cookson Kauri Walk/ Wainora Kauri Track 

Time: 3 - 4 hr/6 km return

Leave from the Wainora Campsite along a well-graded metalled track, with steps and bridges across the Wainora Stream. There are attractive water vistas for most of the way. A metalled side track takes you to the magnificent Cookson kauri.

The track then changes to a tramping track and climbs a spur offering views of Table Mountain. A kauri stands right beside the track and another larger one 10 minutes further up and signposted 20 metres to the right of the track, 3 km from the Wainora Campsite.

Return to the campsite by the same track.

13. Billygoat Landing Track

Time: 20 min/1 km return from road end car park

Follow the Kauri Trail for about 10 min before turning onto the Billygoat Landing track just after the swing bridge. There are good views of the Billygoat Falls (180 m high) and the Billygoat incline built in 1921.

Getting there

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


Kauaeranga Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 7 867 9080
Address:   995C Kauaeranga Valley Road
Thames 3577
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