Cookson Kauri Walk

Embark on a captivating journey along the Cookson Kauri Walk to the majestic Cookson Kauri tree, which is nestled within the scenic Coromandel Forest Park.

This walk commences at the Wainora Campsite in the Kauaeranga Valley. The adventure unfolds along a well-graded metalled track, with multiple bridges and serene views of the picturesque Wainora River.

After 30 minutes, the trail ascends a spur for another 30 minutes, taking in sweeping vistas of Table Mountain (Te Kōhatu-whakairi-a-Ngātoroirangi) as you gasp in the crisp, lush air perfumed by native totara, kauri, and rimu.

Upon reaching the pinnacle of the spur, you’ll be greeted by the awe-inspiring Cookson Kauri, boasting an impressive girth of 8.83 metres and standing as one of the largest surviving kauri trees in the Coromandel.

Delve into the historical narrative as you traverse the area, which witnessed extensive kauri logging from the 1870s to the 1930s.

Along the trail, remnants of massive kauri stumps serve as poignant reminders of this bygone era.

Nearby remnants of Bert Collins and Edie’s bush camps and supplies store, established during the 1920s for kauri loggers, are slowly becoming one with the land.

The Wainora Homestead, erected near the current road bend, once flourished with orchards, vegetable gardens, and rambling roses. Some of these roses endure, offering a tangible link to the site’s rich history.

Cookson Kauri Walk Location

To reach Cookson Kauri Walk, drive 15 minutes along Kauaeranga Valley Rd from Thames to the Kauaeranga Visitor Centre, then another 15 minutes to the Wainora campsite.

Info

2-3hours return
6km return
Easy
Dogs on Leash

Contact

Kauaeranga Visitor Centre

Phone Number: +64 7 867 9080

Email: kauaerangavc@doc.govt.nz

Website: https://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/places-to-go/coromandel/places/coromandel-forest-park/things-to-do/cookson-kauri-walk/

Cookson Kauri Walk

Embark on a captivating journey along the Cookson Kauri Walk to the majestic Cookson Kauri tree, which is nestled within the scenic Coromandel Forest Park.

This walk commences at the Wainora Campsite in the Kauaeranga Valley. The adventure unfolds along a well-graded metalled track, with multiple bridges and serene views of the picturesque Wainora River.

After 30 minutes, the trail ascends a spur for another 30 minutes, taking in sweeping vistas of Table Mountain (Te Kōhatu-whakairi-a-Ngātoroirangi) as you gasp in the crisp, lush air perfumed by native totara, kauri, and rimu.

Upon reaching the pinnacle of the spur, you’ll be greeted by the awe-inspiring Cookson Kauri, boasting an impressive girth of 8.83 metres and standing as one of the largest surviving kauri trees in the Coromandel.

Delve into the historical narrative as you traverse the area, which witnessed extensive kauri logging from the 1870s to the 1930s.

Along the trail, remnants of massive kauri stumps serve as poignant reminders of this bygone era.

Nearby remnants of Bert Collins and Edie’s bush camps and supplies store, established during the 1920s for kauri loggers, are slowly becoming one with the land.

The Wainora Homestead, erected near the current road bend, once flourished with orchards, vegetable gardens, and rambling roses. Some of these roses endure, offering a tangible link to the site’s rich history.

Cookson Kauri Walk Location

To reach Cookson Kauri Walk, drive 15 minutes along Kauaeranga Valley Rd from Thames to the Kauaeranga Visitor Centre, then another 15 minutes to the Wainora campsite.

Info

2-3hours return
6km return
Easy
Dogs on Leash

Contact

Kauaeranga Visitor Centre

Phone Number: +64 7 867 9080

Email: kauaerangavc@doc.govt.nz

Website: https://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/places-to-go/coromandel/places/coromandel-forest-park/things-to-do/cookson-kauri-walk/