Crossing the main Kauaeranga River at the Tarawaere swingbridge

Image: Kathrin Marks | Creative Commons


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


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

Easy: Walking track

Dog access

Dogs on a leash only
  • Stop kauri dieback and protect kauri
    • Kauri dieback disease is spread through soil.
    • Scrub soil off shoes and gear and check it's all removed before you go.
    • Use a hygiene station when you enter and leave.
    • Always stay on the track.

    How you can help save kauri

About this track


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

Catleys Track

Time: 45 min/1.4 km one way

Ford the main Kauaeranga River and walk along river flats and through regenerating forest. The walking track finishes on the opposite side of the river from Catleys Campsite. Carefully assess the river conditions before attempting a crossing.

Cookson Kauri Walk

Time: 2 - 3 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.

Return to the campsite by the same track.

Getting there

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


Kauaeranga Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 7 867 9080
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Address:   995C Kauaeranga Valley Road
Thames 3577
Postal Address:   PO Box 343
Thames 3540
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