The Kauaeranga Valley was once adorned with magnificent kauri trees. Favoured for its thick, straight trunk and durable knot-free timber, kauri was highly sought after by early settlers.
When all but the most inaccessible kauri within the valley had been logged, the tramline was pulled up and the dams, bush camps and other relics gradually fell into ruin as the forest slowly began to recover. In 1970 the remaining sections of native forests were protected as part of the Coromandel Forest Park.
The kauri trail follows original pack tracks once used by bushmen and spans a spectacular landscape of pinnacles, bluffs and gorges.
The various tracks take in relics such as the kauri dams and the spectacular Billygoat Incline.
Campgrounds and huts within the area provide opportunities for overnight stays.
Photograph by Neville Ritchie