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The Kauaeranga Valley is a place of great beauty and natural wonder. It is situated behind the town of Thames, and has lots of things to do for the nature lover. Kauaeranga was once the name for the whole Thames region.

The Kauaeranga River used to be called Waiwhakauaeranga which in Maori means ‘Waters of the Stacked Up Jaw Bones’. Ngati Maru historians say the name came about after a battle, where the Ngati Maru stacked the jawbones of their enemies in rows along the riverbanks after killing them.

The Kauaeranga forest was once used for kauri logging, and many of the biggest and oldest Kauri trees which ever lived came from here. They used to use the river for

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