I was recently reminded of my time hiking the Pinnacles after joining the gym here in England. Sounds strange huh? Whilst using the treadmill I noticed that the beautiful virtual hike that I was doing was in fact the Pinnacles, the recognisable stone structures and panorama views gave it away and in fact made my time in the gym has since become a lot more easier as it allows me to reminisce about my time in New Zealand.
So lets get down to the hike. It’s a beautiful easy one day hike, located in the Coromandel in the North Island, it’s recommended as a must do when visiting the Coromandel, which I would agree with.
A round trip leaving from the end of Kauaeranga Valley Road car park, the walk takes approximately 7 hours return, not including time spent at the top, enjoying the views which are absolutely outstanding.
The walk starts gently, following an easy track, through wooded areas and over some rivers and streams, there’s plenty of metal swing bridges along the way.
After which, the path turns steep, following stone carved steps, which at times can be slippery. I slipped over countless times, even in hiking shoes, so just tread carefully and put all valuables in a rucksack as opposed to hanging around your neck.
Once you’ve reached the top of the steps, the track opens out and gently undulates, past the mountain hut, and on to the summit.
The climb to the summit is probably the most challenging part of this hike, you reach a steep path that traverses rock faces, with metal rungs to help you over. However it’s all worth while in the end, as at the top a viewpoint awaits you with breath-taking views over the coromandel.
Blessed with brilliantly blue skies and great visibility, you could see as far as the coastal regions. I tucked into my makeshift lunch and enjoyed the views, before heading back down.
If I’m lucky enough to be able to visit New Zealand again, I’d love to do this track again but stay in the hut overnight and climb the pinnacle for sunrise, from the photos online it looks truly beautiful.
One thing I would note before going is to be sure to check out NZ government trails website to check whether the track is open as I know for sometime it was closed which prevented me from doing it sooner.