4 Hrs Return 7 km


  • Rich gold mining history
  • Deep gorge
  • Old tunnels



This is a dual walking/mountain-biking track.

Discover mining relics, travel alongside the Ohinemuri River, and experience the large Karangahake Gorge.

Karangahake Gorge, Coromandel

Walking the Karangahake Gorge Historic Walkway is an excellent activity iF you're in the area or on your way to a Coromandel beach.

The track mirrors the bends of the Ohinemuri River with lots of signs of the old railway times. It eventually reaches Owharoa Falls and the entrance to the Victoria Battery. Spot old mining relics in several locations too.

A shorter loop section can be walked, that includes two bridges and the 1100 m railway tunnel.


Department of Conservation

Click the link below for more information about this trail.

Karangahake Gorge Historic Walkway(opens in new window)

More information

Alternative routes

  • Rail Tunnel Loop (45 mins return, 2.5 km)
  • Historic Walkway to Waikino (4 hours, 4.3km)

Getting there

  • Park by the Karangahake Hall, or in the Karangahake Domain car park on SH2 between Paeroa and Waihi.

Need to know

Bring a torch for the old rail and mining tunnels.

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