ECHO Walking Festival


Walks / Pinnacles Walk

Pinnacles Walk


Pinnacles Walk

Saturday, 9 April 2022

Grade 4-5

Nearest Town: Thames

Registration Region: Thames

Duration: 6-8 Hours

Start Time: 9:00 am - Kauaeranga Road end Carpark

Cost: Donation

This popular walk leads to the Pinnacles Hut and on to the summit of the Pinnacles with spectacular views of the Coromandel Peninsula. We follow an historic packhorse route used by kauri bushmen in the 1920s. We walk up Webb Creek Track to Hydro Camp using the steps cut into the rock to make the journey easier for the packhorses during the kauri logging era. At the top of the climb to the Hydro Camp clearing, the remains of a skidded road are visible beside the track. After Hydro Camp we follow a more open ridge where there are impressive views down a branch of the Tairua River and the rugged volcanic landforms of Tauranikau and the Pinnacles. The Pinnacles Hut and Dancing Camp Campsite are a short walk down signposted side tracks. At Dancing Camp Campsite there are the remains of the Dancing Camp Dam, built in 1921, the second largest dam in the valley and partly restored in 1994. Beyond the Pinnacles Hut to the Pinnacles summit (759m) is a steady 1km climb which is steep in places and includes climbing ladders. At the lookout there are spectacular views of the bush, mountains and coastline of the eastern Coromandel. We could return via the Billygoat track if time permits (this involves a crossing of the Kauaeranga River).

Organisers: Kauaeranga Tramping Club. Rose Davis, Chub Quigg, Greg Laslett & Chris Browne


  • Bring Food and Drink
  • Raincoat
  • Jacket
  • Hat and Sunscreen
  • Walking Shoes

PLEASE NOTE: Participants are responsible for their own safety equipment, food, water, clothing and vehicles.

The Festival is a non-profit event which relies heavily on volunteers, and donations to help pay for the organisation and promotion of the month-long event.

Any contribution received towards ECHO is greatly appreciated and helps to ensure the success and continuation of the festival.

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COVID-19 Information

  • The festival is Fully Operational in RED.
  • Vaccine passes are required.
  • Please register for all walks.

Regarding the removal of the Vaccine Pass Mandate by the NZ Government on 4th April 2022, The ECHO Walking Festival organising committee has given the matter careful consideration and has decided to continue our requirement for Vaccine Passes on our walks this year. The reasons are as follows:

  • We are aware of a number of at-risk walkers who have already registered for walks based on the original criteria.
  • Some of our guides are in the at-risk category.
  • While we understand our walks are in the outside environment, we are required to stay close together and often on narrow tracks. It is impossible to social distance in these settings and mask-wearing is not practical due to the exertion required on walks.

We know this will be disappointing to many and we ask for your continued understanding as we look forward to a time where everyone can come along and enjoy our walks.