Pinnacles Track

Pinnacles Track - Putangirua - Aorangi Forest Park

Pinnacles Track

Putangirua - Aorangi Forest Park

Reviews

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Mike Fricker

Ranking: 9/10

01Oct18. We went up to the lookout first then down to the base of the pinnacles. The first part and the return is along the stream bed. A bit heavy going in places. The base of the pinnacles is the same and steep with it so hard work.
As for the pinnacles, it was a bit murky when we were there so not seen in their best light. Perhaps a sunny day would make it a better spectacle. Although a somewhat different place, and continent, check out Brice Canyon, Utah!
In spite of that, you have to go there at least once. Glad we did.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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Mike Fricker

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

01Oct18. Damp start to the day but not cold. Walked to the lookout then down to the pinnacles base. Good stuff. Hard work walking on gravel but worth it. Don’t think we will go again tho. A bit out of the way. Glad we did it tho.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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Teb

United States

Ranking: 9/10

Very impressive and more so the further you go up the streamside path. Beware this path though, for it’s really not a path but a scramble up the streambed. As noted you will be crossing back and forth across it several times and you really do make your own way. Good shoes are a must! It’s posted as 1.5 hours round trip but that’s only if you hustle and it is a challenging scramble both ways. Probably best to plan two hours at least.

Well worth the effort though and push all the way up, the view back down is amazing!

Reviewed about 2 years ago

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Mark Davies

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

This was a really interesting walk amongst almost spooky pinnacles. Easy to see why it was chosen for a lord of the rings scene! We would recommend going up via the lookout first and then returning along the stream bed. 3 reasons for this: it's easy to miss the path up to the lookout from the stream bed, walking among the pinnacles is more impressive than the lookout so best to do second and finally it's just harder work walking up a stream bed! Wear good (preferably waterproof) shoes due to having to cross the river several times. Enjoy!

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Anis Quentin

France

Ranking: 8/10

We made the 'lookout' walk from topside to came back by the river side. The second part was a little bit complicated. Not enough signs. The first part was perfect.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Theo Macer

England

Ranking: 7/10

The Pinnacles walk itself was OK. There is a viewpoint from where you can see the whole thing but it is all much more impressive when you walk up the gorge and you are looking up at them.

Reviewed about 3 years ago and experienced in January 2017

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Dan Schmidt

Denmark

Ranking: 8/10

The stream walk was beautiful with steep pinnacles on both sides. The lookout was so/so. Lovely campsite at the beginning of the walk as well as the beach across the road.

Reviewed about 3 years ago and experienced in January 2017

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Erik Meier-Diukel

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Nice walk, interesting rocks.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in December 2016

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Clarissa Glaser

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Nice walk, interesting spot/view.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in December 2016

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Kimmo Kiiski

Finland

Ranking: 9/10

We were positively surprised about the rock formations! They looked cool even in the poor and rainy weather we had! Took us about 2h to walk the stream bed up to the pinnacles and return via the lookout path. On the way we needed to carefully cross water streams several times. Good footgear is recommended. Beware of the falling rocks! Many of them fell near us because of the rain.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Ben

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Not well signed, otherwise, great views, especially of the Lord of the Rings filming site.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in October 2016

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Jade Williams

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

A good family track to look down on the Pinnacles and there is a free campground at the bottom.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in November 2016

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Lucie Revay

Ranking: 9/10

The walk takes you 1.5 hours return, more if you stop often to take pictures (and you will). The scenery is absolutely stunning. The path isn't very comfortable, I recommend steady shoes. Also the walk is very poorly signposted.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Daniel Weber

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Very nice Pinnacles and a nice Lord of the Rings spot.

Reviewed almost 4 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Milan Maiwald

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Very nice formations, especially as a ton of the early Peter Jackson movie staff got lost in the woods because of some old, forgotten signs but it was an awesome adventure!!

Reviewed almost 4 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Adele Jacques

France

Ranking: 7/10

Unusual scenery, a little 'mystic', nice flat walk.

Reviewed almost 4 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Emmanuel Roux

France

Ranking: 8/10

From the beginning of the Pinnacles, dangerous but so beautiful.

Reviewed almost 4 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Lauren Thompson

United States

Ranking: 8/10

Super cool. Unique landscape. Was fun to walk around amongst the Pinnacle bases.

Reviewed about 4 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Isabella Sinnesbickle

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Stunning view, there is also a great lighthouse and a seal colony nearby.

Reviewed about 4 years ago and experienced in February 2016

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Dave O'Brien

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Good walk up to the view point. Amazing features, never seen anything like them. Really nice to have a good explore around the valleys between them at the bottom.

Reviewed about 4 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Sarah Boettcher

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Impressive rock formations and film location of the Lord of the Rings. Very large seal colony near the lighthouse of Cape Palliser.

Reviewed about 4 years ago and experienced in October 2015

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Miroslav Bazala

Ranking: 9/10

9/10 for its natural beauty, 10/10 for Lord of The Rings fans, as some scenes were captured here. The walk can lead you both to the top of the ridge where you can see it all at once, or to the bottom where you can really enjoy the unique landscape it is, so do not skip anything :-)

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Simone De Angiou

Italy

Ranking: 8/10

45 minutes to the Pinnacles. Surreal scenery, looks like someone built this but it is all natural.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Jonas Weidner

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Not very popular but in my opinion, it is one of the best walks or places in New Zealand.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Steph

England

Ranking: 7/10

Featured in Lord of the Rings before Legolas and Gimli go into the land of the dead! Impressive rock formations, but don't get expectations too high based on the films - it is not as large as it looks. Camp at the base of the Pinnacles and do a long walk - lovely beach there to.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Andreas Schiefer

Germany

Ranking: 3/10

Very exhausting walk up to the lookout point but not really worth it, had to get down very slippery ground.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Iwona

Spain

Ranking: 8/10

Short hike near the area of Cape Palliser. We first made our way up through the riverbed and for the way back we looped over the mountain shoulder. About 1.5 hours, worth itl.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Florian Littmann

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Awesome landscape and perfect for Lord of the Rings fans.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in January 2014

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Mike and Caroline

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Great walk. Follow your nose and you won't go far wrong. See how far you can climb in between them! It took us two hours return, which included about half hour there.

Whilst you are here, go further down the road and see the seal colony and lighthouse!

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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Ralph and Leonie

Netherlands

Ranking: 9/10

Impressive walk, really worth it. When you are there you should also drive to Cape Palliser: visit the lighthouse and the seals.

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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Johann Maier

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Amazing walk through a riverbed and the awesome Pinnacles.

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Roman & Esther

Switzerland

Ranking: 2/10

Path was not easy to see. Only 1 sign on path.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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De Blaeij

Netherlands

Ranking: 9/10

Worth to be seen.

Reviewed over 9 years ago