Special Publications : Peninsula Playground 2012
16 Peninsula Playground Peninsula Playground 5019 626AA The Kauaeranga Valley The Kauaeranga Valley, 13km from Thames, has eight campsites, one 80-bunk tramping hut, remote camping opportunities and numerous tracks and walks, both within the valley and leading outside it. For a full list of tracks and walks in the Kauaeranga Valley visit the website: doc.govt.nz. Waiomu Kauri Grove (2hrs 30 min return, 2.5km) From the car park on Waiomu Valley Rd, 15 minutes north of Thames, the walking track follows a formed road for 600m before entering the bush. Be prepared to get your feet wet as there are several stream crossings. After 25 minutes, a short side track leads to the old Monowai Gold mine battery site. Further up the main track the forest becomes more luxuriant and diverse, part of the Waiomu Ecological Area. A 10-minute climb further up the ridge takes you to a stand of mature kauri.Taumatawahine (20min return, 600m) Start 1km north of Coromandel town centre just after Fredrick St. This 600 metre predominately ponga bush walk comes out on the main street and links back to Rings Road via a footpath. Muriwai Walk (2hr, 6km) This is a coastal walk between Port Jackson and the Muriwai car park on the road to Fletcher Bay. The walk has stunning coastal views across to Great Barrier Island and Hauraki Gulf. Coromandel Walkway (7 hr return, 10km) The walkway starts from either Stony Bay or Fletcher Bay. If a one-way journey is intended, arrange for transport to meet you. The coastal walk crosses farmland and goes through coastal forest with views of the Pinnacles,Great Barrier Island to the north and Cuvier Island in the east. From a short stroll, to something more strenuous, the Coromandel has it all in terms of walks. Whether it’s a bush or coastal walk, there’s often a swimming spot to cool down and there’s always magnificent scenery to look at. Here’s a few walks as recommended by the Department of Conservation. Walk this way LOOK AT THAT: The Coromandel Walkway crosses farmland, goes through coastal forest and features magnificent views. COOL OFF: There’s plenty of places to cool off on walks in the Kauaeranga Valley near Thames.
Home and Living 2012