The Pinnacles are a 2 hour drive from Auckland at the start of the Coromandel peninsual. From the trailhead its 2 to 3 hours straight up – 700 m vertical (2,200 ft) – to a mountain hut. The hut is nestled in what feels like a hidden prehistoric hanging valley – an ampitheater of crags, ferns and trees.
From the hut – stay the night and get up in the pre-dawn for sunrise at the top – it’s another half hour to the top of the Pinnacles.
It’s enchanting from many directions.
From the soloist story above. She hitched from work and turned up near 10 pm – without a trace of embaressment she gently pointed out you did what you need to escape the concrete jungle. Through the group of 8 young adults who decided at 1 am they just needed to catch the sunrise from a peak. To a family plus extras checking they remembered how many kids they had by asking them to count off.
NZ tramping – sensory, cultural and mental delight!