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Pinnacles & Billy Goat, Waikato

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Pinnacles & Billy GoatBeginner

Submitted by Mal Law

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Front country - easily accessible



Native bush
Open ridges/tops


4:30 (Slow)
3:15 (Moderate)
2:15 (Fast)



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Head left out of the campsite and run the gravel road to the start of the track. Follow signs for Pinnacles Hut and pop in there for a glimpse of one of the most palatial huts around.
The route to the summit is well signed and involves lots of steps and clambering on metal rungs fixed into the rock. Not a great place for anyone with vertigo but brilliant for anyone else. The final scramble above the viewing platform to the true summit is well worthwhile, but do so with care.
After drinking in the views head back downhill. About 2k after passing the Pinnacles Hut you'll come to the junction with the Billygoat Track. Hang a left and follow this rocky, sometimes steep, always thrilling, trail all the way back to the valley floor. A final crossing of the river to cool your hot feet (usually no more than calf deep) takes you back to the gravel road. Turn left and a few minutes later you'll be back at your car.

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Features of interest

The summit of The Pinnacles are an incredible spectacle of rock with stunning 360 deg views.

Make Up of Run

Technical Single Track: 55%

Moderate Single Track: 20%

Easy Single Track: 10%

Gravel Road: 15%

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  • Access

    Wainora Campsite in the Kaueranga Valley - head east out of Thames up the valley.

    Plenty of parking. Toilets.

    20 km

    35 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    Make navigation of this route super-easy by using the Capra app on your phone. View on Capra .

    Well signposted throughout.


    Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Survival bag, Cellphone, Map.

    There are plenty of stream crossings lower down, all with good drinking water. Also water at the Pinnacles Hut.

    Muddy and slippery bare rock after heavy rain. Exposed above the bushily so go prepared for any weather.

    Slippery rock surfaces. The river in the valley may be uncrossable after heavy rain.

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