Explore the most popular forest trails in Waikato Region with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Awesome! Views out over the Waikato from the top are amazing. Took our 6 year old this one, was a challenge but she loved it. Fully recommend

Awesome hike worth the trek going up.

There’s a scary ass 500m mine you have to walk through! But it’s a beautiful hike, made me think of Alice in Wonderland.

1 month ago

The last 4km of unsealed Whaanga road leads to the start of the track. Just uphill from the start. Around 1hr to get to the lookout, and 0.6hr to the summit. Great view.

Very nice and easy trail with great views. You can turn at the base of the falls or climb higher to the top (plus 60-75min).

I did go counterclockwise on this track, but it was very remote, muddy and overgrown. Several times I had to search for the next set of orange trail markers so I could make sure I was still on the path. That was the nice thing about it. Orange trail markers for most of the confusing parts. But definitely really rugged and makes you feel like you might be covered in spiders. The first 5km from counter clockwise was great. But all the rest was really meh. You couldn’t see the lake you were walking around and the path generally sucked

A good challenging up hill climb with stunning views

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2 months ago

I loved this track although went out to do 18kms as described and turned wrong which shortened the run to 8.6!

This is one of the great walks of NZ North Island. The hike starts at the very back of the Kauaeranga Valley end dirt road in the Coromandel Forest. It is approximately 9.2 to 10.5 miles round trip depending on whether you take the Billy Goat loop or direct in-out via the Web Creek Trail. Since we wanted the most direct route we took Web Creek which started as a wide dirt road and slowly climbed past the main river and up pass several washed out bridges.

Once past the first major junction the track starts to climb steadily with many stairs over the next 2 miles. Be amazed by the cobble path that shows the way once used by pack animals and their drivers who worked the dams and Kauri logging years before.

When the trail flattens out it joins the Pinnacles Track and it is now a generally open ridge hike. Here there are views of the mountains and you can see the various lava plugs remaining.

At the last mile past the Pinnacles Hut, we could see the prominant feature of the Pinnacles. It looms large and steep. The path becomes stairs and ladders, and soon its a scramble over the rock face with “via feratta” like metal handholds to the top.

At the top, its an amazing 360 view of the Coromandel. We contoured past the first few pinnacles to the last one and there we perched for a relaxing view that was just right and hard to beat.

Overall, it is truly one of the great walks!

The North Road end of the of the track is in good condition and relatively easy to follow. The Ohinewai Rd end of the track has become seriously overgrown with numerous tree falls, and obscured track markers. That end of the track doesn't appear to be maintained and looked little used. We frequently lost the the track and had to use GPS Topomap apps to refind it. The recommended time for the track is 8 hours but we are a fairly fit bunch and normally do it in 6 hours. This time it took us over 8 hours. We've advised DOC Waikato of what we found, and don't intend to do this route again until we get confirmation that it is safer to use.

I'm from the US and did this hike a few weeks ago when a friend and I dropped our other friends off at the Hobbinton tour. It was about 30 min from there and an easy drive. Easily identifiable by signs. We only had about an hour and a half so we just hiked to the falls and back. BEAUTIFUL scenery of all kinds; water, trees, rocks, falls, etc. Just a little muddy. Easy hike for the majority until you get to closer to the falls where most of the incline is stairs. I definitely recommend if you're in the area!

7 months ago

Breathtaking views and a very well maintained hut await you at the top. Wake up early and hike up to the top of the nearby mountain for the sunrise to see the meaning of life. Also, this is one of the best full-loop hikes we did in New Zealand.

8 months ago

Awesome trail
But definitely on the harder steeper side

good view I will come back again

11 days ago

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