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Situated at the base of the Coromandel Range, the Karangahake Gorge Historic Walkway follows the old railway line between Paeroa and Waihi, giving access to impressive remains from the mining and railway eras. This walkway features historic railway remains in a stunning natural environment.
Back in the day (late 1800's) folk went to Karangahake to make their fortune from gold mining. The town was quite sizeable for the time - approx 4000 and had several schools and many pubs. Life was very hard with workers toiling hard six days a week . Life was not great for women and children either. Just remember there was no modern medicine, no insulation for the houses so you ended up with life expectancy only 35 years approx.
Today the Karangakhake Gorge attracts walkers and trail bike cyclists from the surrounding regions and from over seas. The Hauraki Rail Trail is grade 1 certified as the easiest riding trail in New Zealand, with various stages allowing for comfortable three-day rail trail cycle rides.
Walkers have many options depending on your level of fitness and the time you have available. There is the windows walk, the Railway tunnel walk or you can do the Crown walk to Dickies Flat plus many more.
There are several very good cafes close by - we recommend either the Ohinemuri Winery or the Bistro at the Falls Retreat as we get great feedback about them.