Hoffman's Pool – a great swimming hole

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Kauaeranga Valley has it all - camping, walking and tramping, swimming and more!


  • Pack a picnic and head to Hoffmann’s Pool – enjoy a nature walk and a great swimming hole.
  • Discover the kauri logging past at the visitor centre, then walk to a model dam.
  • Grab the family and enjoy the kiwi camping tradition – there are 8 campsites to choose from!

Get ready

Download the Kauaeranga Valley adventure map (PDF, 2,130K) and check out what you can do.

Go and explore

Look out for the Guardian Post when you get there. On it you'll find a special code word - write it down.

Getting there: From SH25 at the southern entrance to Thames, turn right into Banks Street, then veer right into Parawai Road, which becomes Kauaeranga Valley Road. The Kauaeranga Visitor Centre is 13 km up the valley.

Time needed: 20 min – 2–3 hr or 2 days. 

Claim your reward

Tell us the Kauaeranga Valley code word to receive a Kiwi Guardians certificate and medal for this adventure.

Put the medal on your back pack or pencil case to show everyone the adventure you've had.

Each Kiwi Guardians place has a different medal - see how many you can collect.

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