Medium 2.5 hour walk to the top of the Pinnacles. Fantastic views of the rangers and out to the East Coast from the top of the Pinnacles. This walk is full of gold mining history dating way back in the late 1800.
In the map above, if you zoom in on the walk, you’ll see all the following track points and their location. Each point has photos along with a description about each one.
From the car park follow the road alongside the river for five minutes, then cross over the The Kauaeranga river 45Mt swing bridge. Twenty minutes from the bridge there is a turnoff to the left, this track crosses over the Webb Creek and follows the Kauaeranga river. You walk straight ahead and follow the track up the Webb Creek to the old logging camp. Once across the swing bridges you can say goodbye to the holiday and hello to the work out. If you think this is hard work think about the pack horses carrying the supplies to the tree cutters. Take it easy on the steps, they can be very slippery.
The Logger’s camp, 1 hour and 30 minutes. There is a toilet up to the right of the hut. This area was used as a base camp for power companies to helicopter huge power lines across the valley.
1 hour to the Pinnacles hut from the Loggers camp. The walking is a little better but the views make up for the heavy rain. Twenty minutes from the Pinnacles hut you can get a better idea for the walk up to the top of the Pinnacles plus you get a good view of the hut.
It took me 30 mins to jump over the giant mud holes, crawl and climb to the top. On a sunny day the views would have been out of this world. Looking to the East you can just make out Pauanui beach and the township of Tairua.
There are a few short walks in that area, unfortunately we don’t have them all listed on the site. If you go to the Whangaiterena campsite, there is a notice board there with walks on it from 1 hour to 4 hour walks. The campsite is up the Kauaeranga Valley Rd the same road on the way to the Pinnacles.
Or call into the visitor centre in Shag Stream campsite, they should be able to help as well, it’s also on the same road. If you go to the Thames visitor centre before going up the road and ask for the phone number, give them a call before you go to make sure it’s actually open.
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