Last Updated: 12th Feb 2024

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Pinnacles Summit

Kauaeranga Kauri Trail

Kauaeranga Kauri Trail (Pinnacles)

Thames, Waikato

Submitted by David Haunschmidt

Last Updated: 12th Feb 2024

Intermediate

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Open

Grunt Factor: 29

Gnarl Factor: 58

14.1km

900m

910m

  

  

  

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Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back

Very hilly

Native bush

Open ridges/tops

Volcanic

Run Makeup

10%
20%
20%
50%

Farm Road / 4WD Track

Easy Single Track

Moderate Single Track

Technical Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +12.7%

Average Downhill Gradient: -12.8%

Trailhead

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Estimated Times to Run

5:00

Slow

2:15

Moderate

1:30

Fast

Start from the visitor centre at Kauaeranga Road end. Follow the road and DOC signs up to the swing bridge to cross the Kauaeranga River.

Take the first track on your right which leads you to the marked Billygoat Landing, then follow signs to Webb Creek Track/Pinnacles summit. You'll follow great singletrail and climb steps cut into rock. You reach hydro Camp junction, where there signs to Pinnacles Track/summit.

Climb to the bushline and to the open tops with great views of the pinnacles. Pinnacles Hut and Campsite are a short walk down signposted side tracks. You can ignore these and follow the signs directly to Pinnacles Summit. A steady climb, steep in places, follows a well constructed stepped track.

The final stage of the ascent includes climbing ladders. At the Pinnacles summit (759 m) there are spectacular views of the bush, mountains and coastline of the eastern Coromandel. Stay within the fenced summit platform.

Return the way you came. 

Excellent single track. Old logging tracks and stone steps. Fantastic views.

Plenty of parking at the the visitor centre/road end.

22 km

34 minutes

No

No

Easy.

Follow the DOC signs and markers.

Patchy.

Windproof jacket, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.

Take your own.

Pack for the weather.

Technical in places. Can be slippery in the wet. Exposed tops.

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