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Kauaeranga Kauri Trail (Pinnacles Walk)

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Kauaeranga Kauri Trail (Pinnacles Walk)

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Kauaeranga Valley Road Coromandel Forest Park, Thames New Zealand
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Bright77 wrote a review Nov 2020
Auckland, New Zealand4 contributions
This was my first hike with an overnight pack (we stayed at the hut), and found it really enjoyable. Need to have a reasonable level of fitness to attempt as there are alot of steps (some are quite high). Luckily we took our own cups/plates/utensils as there were none there to use. There was 1 big pot that you could use but if you have smaller meals to cook take your own. There is a bbq and gas cooking with kettles to use in the kitchen. In the sleeping quarters, there are mattresses to use, take ear plugs if you want to get some sleep. There is only 1 shower (cold) but we found it refreshing after our hike up to the summit at sunset. The only bit of advice would be to take insect repellant up to the summit with you as there were heaps of midgies/insects (not sure if this is year round). Took us 2.45 to climb to the top (with overnight packs, this also included stops for photo's and drink stops), and 3.10 to climb down via the Billy Goat track. (it was raining as we were coming down so it was slippery and we had to go alot slower than usual). Overall it was a fantastic hike and would recommend everyone to do this trip!
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Date of experience: November 2020
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Kevin H wrote a review Oct 2020
Auckland, New Zealand95 contributions21 helpful votes
This was a magnificent tramp. Very enjoyable. But please note it is a tramp, rather than a walk and not for the faint hearted. It’s a long climb up for 3 hours, on challenging terrain at times, to the hut. Then it’s another 40-50m up to the Pinnacles. This piece is particularly challenging with lots of steps at the beginning and then lots of climbing and scrambling for the last bit up to the viewing tower. (And that bit is probably even harder coming down). We went up in the afternoon and stayed in the hut overnight. We then set off about 6:25 the next morning to get to the Pinnacles. All good fun and then back to the car park. It says it’s 3 hours back to the car park from the hut but we found it was more like 2 hours. The hut is pretty well set out with usual proviso that you are sleeping pretty close to 79 other people. (Take ear plugs). Also advise to take own pots. Previous reviews have said there are plenty there but the Warden (delightful Rob) said that they have taken most of them away as part of the post COVID hygiene focus.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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mlb209 wrote a review Oct 2020
Auckland Central, New Zealand34 contributions29 helpful votes
A magic experience for an extended family group. We were able to change our booking to get better weather, and we ended up with an absolute stunner. Spring was a great time of year to do it - I imagine it would be very hot mid summer. The walk itself is just beautiful - steep and challenging in places, but well worth it. The hut at the top is remarkably well equipped and organised, and there is a warden, so good for less experienced or less well equipped trampers like us. You could do the trip in one really day, but it really made the trip to stay overnight and some of our party went right up the pinnacles not once, but twice - at dusk and at dawn. I particularly enjoyed the Billy Goat track down and the river at the end.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Tom C wrote a review May 2020
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We stayed at the Pinnacles hut in mid January, the hike is quite achievable in one day but nothing beats spending a night in the mountains! Be warned though that even at that time of the year it does get cold and the dorm rooms open straight to outside temperatures. The hike itself is beautiful and very varied with a climb through bush a bit of a plateu/ ridge walk and then the climb up the pinnacles themselves. Once at the top the views are breathtaking so well worth waiting for a clear ish day!
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Sophia M wrote a review Apr 2020
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Due to the good reviews here and the recommendation in our travel guide we did the Pinnacles Walk. Looking back on that day I would not do it again and I do not agree with people who say this was an easy walk. The main reason why this walk was not enjoyable were the many stairs - there are stairs all the time. In particular the last part from the hut to the top is really a pain and you even have to climb. What motivated us the whole time was the view from the top - however, this was extremely disappointing as there was no good view at all due to bushes and a huge rock. In summary, for us this was a wasted day and I would no one recommend to go there.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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