Pauanui Trig Track East Side

Pauanui Trig Track East Side

At the south end of Pauanui Beach in the Coromandel is 397 metre Pauanui Hill. The Pauanui Trig Track goes to the rocky volcanic pinnacle, with superb views. You can walk up and back on the north side (2 hours) or as a loop (2.5 hours). We recommend the loop, with a coastal walk and an easier climb up on the east side of the hill.

From the grass reserve at the end of the beach, follow the track for Cave Bay around the stony coast on the northeast side of Pauanui Hill. Along the way, there is a rocky platform with easy to access rock pools. From there, walk along the very stony beach until you see the start of the Pauanui Trig Track.

The first section of the east side track is a rough and steep 120 metre climb to a ridge, with the occasional view. Then it is mostly easier hiking but with a steeper rocky section towards the top. The track is mostly through a mix of wilding exotic pine trees and native regrowth, with rewarewa trees particularly prominent. Along the way, there is a track deviation, but ignore it. It does not appear on any maps and it may be damaged by slips.

From the top the 270 degree views over Pauanui to Tairau and the Coromandel Range are spectacular. Follow the sign for “Carpark” to walk down the steep, often rugged northside track.

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