The Pinnacles Loop Track

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The Pinnacles Loop Track is a 17.4 kilometer lightly trafficked loop trail located near Puketui, Waikato Region, New Zealand that features a waterfall. The trail is rated as difficult and primarily used for hiking.

DISTANCE
17.4 km
ELEVATION GAIN
966 m
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

hiking

forest

views

waterfall

hiking
1 month ago

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!

hiking
6 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.

10 months ago

good view I will come back again

hiking
2 months ago