Coromandel Forest Park
Coromandel Forest Park
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Neil B
Auckland, New Zealand1,170 contributions
Sep 2020 • Friends
The Kauaeranga Kauri Trail Is an excellent hike in the Coromandel Forest Park. You can do a ‘there and back’ as a day walk or make it an overnighter and stay at the Pinnacles hut (DOC - booking required).

We did it as a 2-day hike. We tramped up to the Pinnacles Hut (sign says three hours but we did it in two), checked in, had a cup of tea, left our packs and then hiked up to the Pinnacles summit (just under an hour).

The track from the Kauaeranga Valley road end car park to the hut is well-formed but it gets very steep. You need a good level of fitness and decent footwear. We saw families with relatively young children who were coping well. The track from the hut to the Pinnacles summit is extremely steep and has rungs mounted into the rock to help. Probably not so good for young children. The view from the top is superb from the ocean to the east to the Hauraki plains to the west.

The Pinnacles hut is well set up. It’s manned by a ranger who checks you in and sets out the basic rules. It sleeps about 80 in different dorms. There’s a large communal kitchen with gas cookers and plenty of tables for eating. The toilets are basic but clean. There is a cold shower to wash off the grime of the day.

The Kauaeranga Valley road end car park is about 20km from Thames. At least half of the road is unsealed but it’s fine to drive in a standard car.

Great weekend away. Easy drive from Auckland.
Written September 29, 2020
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Chanelle R
Wellington, New Zealand68 contributions
May 2022 • Friends
A group of us did the pinnacles walk out and back same day. All various levels of fitness.
All up took us 7 hours including a short break at the Doc hut
It took us 3hrs 15 mins to the very top viewing platform.
The section from the hut to the top is very exposed to the elements. It was very windy and wet for us which make it tricky! The ladders and rungs in the rocks were cold, muddy and slippery. I wish I had gloves. Had to pile on a few layers of clothing - it was very cold.
Couldn’t see any view at the top but it was still worth it as felt like quite the adventure making it to the top!
Not for the faint hearted the section from hut to the top! A hard climb and not good if you’re scared of heights!
We were very glad to be in sturdy grippy hiking boots!
Written May 27, 2022
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karen+chad
Auckland, New Zealand6 contributions
Feb 2021 • Business
great walk, good views definately recommend goat track on way up. take food, thames full of hills have eyes hillbillys, restaurants horrendous. 5stars
Written February 8, 2021
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Acineto
Auckland Central, New Zealand20,157 contributions
Mar 2021
We went up the Pinnacles from the Kauaeranga Road carpark up the Webb Creek Trail. We stayed the night at the Pinnacles hut and then walked back to the carpark through the Billygoat Trail. The trail near the top had amazing views of the forest area around the pinnacles. It was quite scenic all around the area. There were also plenty of other camping and tramping options around the area.
The trails all crisis cross with each other so looking at the right trail for your experience isn't too difficult.
Written March 15, 2021
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Paul Legate
United Kingdom20,374 contributions
Jan 2017 • Couples
The Coromandel Forest Park is a beautiful part of New Zealand and we travelled around by car and on foot. We were lucky to have good weather when we visited to appreciate such a lovely place with many stunning views , there are some narrow and winding roads on the peninsula but nothing untoward. A worthwhile place to visit in NZ
Written January 11, 2017
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Paul Legate
United Kingdom20,374 contributions
Feb 2018 • Couples
We have visited Coromandel Forest Park numerous times as well as other places in the Coromandel Peninsula, it is a truly unique area with incredible scenery. The reason we love visiting the area is because of it being so remote and mainly untouched in parts and is really appealing, in just a few hours it is possible to totally get away from it all. It is worth the journey deep into the peninsula as it is a very rewarding experience.
Written March 3, 2018
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2BISCUITS
Sydney, Australia400 contributions
Nov 2012 • Couples
Each time we come to NZ we visit a different place and as always we are blown away by the beauty. This time we drove right up to the top of Coramendel to Fletcher Bay. What a wonderful spot to camp. Looked as if it had wonderful facilities and it was right on the water. The drive right up was amazing with the sea glistening and the countryside so green. We also visited Cathedral Cove which entails a 45 minute walk each way through bush, tree ferns and fox gloves. The beach at the bottom is very pretty with natural rock formations including a large arch - hence Cathedral Cove. Not far away is the hot water beach where at low tide one can wallow in the hot sand. Sadly we arrived too late for that.
Written November 21, 2012
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Lovetravel02
Greater Sydney, Australia338 contributions
Jun 2016 • Family
The north of the Coromandel Peninsula is fantastic for walking and taking in stunning views & natural surrounds. Whether you're heading up the west or east side of the peninsula, stop for a good coffee & food at the cafe on the right at the north end of Colville. Friendly lady who makes great jams. The walk from Stony Bay is stunning. Note the roads are slow, & always take extra clothes & food & water as weather can change quickly.
Written July 26, 2016
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Kip F
Sacramento, CA1,301 contributions
Mar 2013 • Couples
There is so much to see here! We went on multiple hikes, all of which can be accessed from different parts of the Peninsula. We stayed in Te Puru, near Thames, and got in a Kauri grove hike, the Pinnacles, and some other around the DOC visitor center outside of Thames. Going up north to the far end, are more hikes with fantastic views of different bays. Can not say enough good about this area. Plenty of restaurants, grocery stores, and ice cream stores, not to mention other merchandise for staying there, but the tramping (hiking) is wonderful!
Written March 6, 2013
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Ehsan V
Auckland, New Zealand124 contributions
May 2012 • Friends
if you are into walking under massive trees, into the depths of an amazing forest, then this one is for you. We enjoyed this walk last week. personally i was hoping that it was a bit longer!
Written May 25, 2012
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Coromandel Forest Park - All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go (with Photos)