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Kauaeranga Valley, Coromandel Forest Park

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Crosbies Hut was built in 2010 and offers panoramic views of the Coromandel Main Range - north towards Maumaupaki and Mercury Bay and from the Firth of Thames in the west to Table Mountain and the Upper Kauaeranga Valley in the east. The lights of Whitianga are visible at night. The hut is situated in an old farming settlement established in 1880, with Thomas Hunter Crosbie being the first settler. Access was by foot, horseback or horse-drawn sledge.

There are still some fences alongside the track leading up to the hut. The area became part of the Coromandel Forest Park in 1970. Crosbies Hut is located on the Memorial Loop Track off the Main Range Track, approximately 12 km north-east of Thames. The Hut can be accessed from a number of tracks, including access from Waiotahi Road in Thames town centre.

The Waiotahi Track can be extremely muddy in wet weather. If you are up for a slightly longer walk make sure you set out early so you can continue on and set up camp for the night at Wainora Campsite.


Bookings are essential for both Crosbies Hut and Wainora Campsite. You can book Crosbies Hut online or via Kauaeranga Visitor Centre. You must pay camp fees at the Kauaeranga Visitor Centre.