Waiomu Kauri Grove Walk

Waiomu Kauri Grove Walk

Waiomu Valley


3 Rankers Reviews

2 Face-to-Face

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Marios Gavalas

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5 km return | 2 hours 30 minutes return

Because the path follows the stream, the vegetation is luxuriant. Mature podocarps are hung with epiphytes and draped in moss. Nikau palms and ferns abound in the moist valley environment. Together with the continuous chuckling of the running stream, this walk offers tranquility and serenity.

The climax of the walk is the grove of adolescent and mature kauri standing regally on a spur in the upper reaches of the Waiomu Stream watershed.


Not one to do in the rain. Many stream crossings and rivers rise rapidly on this coast.


12.5 km north of Thames and 43.5 km south of Coromandel Town is the settlement of Waiomu. The track starts at the end of the Waiomu Valley Road. Park before the sign that reads: ‘Walkers are welcome, cars R not’.


The marked, metalled path continues until the second crossing of the Waiomu Stream, after which it becomes unmetalled. In all there are seven stream crossings. Conveniently situated stepping stones aid the crossings.

The track continues beyond the kauri and links up with more extensive tramps in the ranges.

European History

Gold was discovered here in 1890. Relics of the Comstock workings are still in evidence. An old adit is on the left after the third stream crossing. Just before the fourth crossing an old pipe lies adjacent to the stream. This probably supplied water to the stamper battery further downstream.


Feature Value Info


DOC Coromandel

Central government organisation


North IslandCoromandelThames


  • Walking
  • Free


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Brad Dobsky

United States

Ranking: 7/10

Moderate difficulty (lots of steps/elevation) through thick forest to protected Kauri trees.

Reviewed about 6 years ago

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United States

Ranking: 9/10

What a great tramp. Nice scenery and no one else on the trail the entire time we hiked. The river crossings were fun and well marked. It was a great experience for our first tramp in NZ!!

Reviewed about 10 years ago

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mr Schumader


Ranking: 10/10

A nice walk about 3 hours with 7 times cross a river and through rainforest. Fantastic!

Reviewed about 11 years ago and experienced in February 2011

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Thanks to all the good people working for the NZ Department of Conservation - for all your hard work - making NZ more beautiful, accessable and healthy! Cheers 😍

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