The pinnacles track is in the coromandel forrest park on the east coast of new Zealand.
the track can be done in one 8 hour day or in two days with a night in the pinnacles hut or camp ground!
this is my story of the beautiful walk that it is!
it was still drizzling as i took the first step on what was going to be a easy 3 hour walk to the hut. 5 minutes in and i came across the first river crossing i walked through the water unsted of using the bridge. wet feet, now im truly reddy for the hike! the track was wet and slippery from the rain, that made it all the more exciting half an hour in and i came across the most beautiful stairs that had been carved out of the rock. The feeling of beautie quickly turned to the feeling of sorrow for the poor buggers that had to make the stairs and then turned into sorrow for myself having to walk up them! if there one thing i dont love its stairs! they climbed higher and higher it seemed like they were never going to end. i pushed on i new that eventually they would flaten out! something that stood out to me allredy was the lack of rubbish on the track. now normally when you walk a busy track it is literally hard to spot the cleen bit of track but thought the pinnacles track it was clear. another thing that I relised was there were lots of birds, they were singing in the middle of the day it was wonderful! i can imagine even though i wasnt enjoying the stairs if they weren’t there it would be a very slow and strenuous trek up from the valley floor to the pinnacles!the sweat was running off my face and down my neck, the rain was saturating my clothes my Scarpa boots, the ones that took me around the coast of New Zealand were still just holding together, still keeping my feet dry. the ground started to flaten out. i realised i was at the top of the stairs. The track from here was beautiful! cobblestone paths layed by the kauri logers Sorounded by manuka trees and young kauri that were just old enough to create a tunnel. it was magic.
i wasn’t sure if i should just hike the last 45min up to the pinnacles or just wait till the morning. i looked up at the top and the jagged rocks were submerged in thick fog!
they were calling me. so i grabbed my camera and started running up the hill, it was muddy! i hit the stairs and slowed down theres only about 160 of them before you get to a iron ladder thats been bolted to a vertical rock wall up i went and then onto another one allmost immediately. the next bit of track has steel pins drilled into the rock. for the Less adventurous this track is amazing! It gives you the opportunity to push your boundaries and for the adventurous its even cooler there are places you can climb or jump that even the most crazy people, like me, would think twice before doing. I was up high in the fog, on the edge of nothingness looking down into the white infinity. here some would be frozen with fear stuck on the rocks but i was perfectly at peace with my surroundings.
every were i looked there was something else that amazed me.
just as i was walking back to the hut at the end of the day i large dragon fly flew past my head with a tui in hot Pursuit they went left, right, up and down and then the tui droped from above like a bomber and grabbed it. epic!
every night i was at the hut there were new exciting people to talk to! they all had great story’s to share thats what i love about huts! its never just you. there is just about allways someone to share your night with. i climbed up the pinnacles again today to watch the sun set it was once again so beautiful!
on the way out I walked the Billy Goat track it is steep and slippery but the views you get are so beautiful. I walked with 3 tourists they were good company. that Day was epic! Massive waterfalls huge Canyons and relics of the past. we followed a river down until it dropped into the most beautiful valley i have ever seen cascading waterfalls everywere, we all striped off and went for a swim it was fantastic. the rest of the walk out was amazing too following the loging lines cut into the mountain. they used to haul logs on tracks. when i got to the bottom of the track i put my gear back in my car and headed of on the next adventure!
i was so amazed by my pinnacles experience that i decided to write this!!
i say this because i am no writer sure i have my own book (wildboy) but i wouldn’t call myself a writer. i am an adventurer whos sharing my adventures with you! i want to inspire and spark new ideas and tell you to live your dreams!
so all up the pinnacles have really blown me away with there beautiful diversity and there accessibility. Two and a half hours from Auckland And you can be geting deep into the Coromandel Forest Park, making your way up the Kauaeranga valley to the start of the pinnacles hike. you will be treated to some of the most beautiful views in the north island. you will feel like you can do anything after climbing up to the jagged raw summit of the pinnacles in the coromandel, new Zealand.
what are you waiting for get up there!