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 Waiomu, which is off the Thames Coast Highway (SH 25) in Kauaeranga Valley. After staying the night at the Crosbies Hut (which you must book), follow the track back to Thames via Karaka. You will need to make sure you arrange transport to drop you off at Waiomu or that you have transport organised to shuttle you back to your car from Karaka.
You can book Crosbies Hut online or contact the Kauaeranga Visitor Centre.