Many Kiwi’s will have driven through the breathtaking Karangahake Gorge but few will have ventured into the walkways and old tunnels only to discover the rich mining history hidden in the gorge.
Located in the Coromandel Peninsula, the Karangahake Gorge historic walkway follows the old Paeroa to Waihi railway line with the remainder of the track following the banks of the Ohinemuri River.
This is one of the most stunning stretches of river in New Zealand and is home to one of the busiest and most lucrative gold strikes in the country. Old mine buildings and machinery can still be seen from a number of locations on the walkways.
Follow the old railway formation and walk the popular Karangahake Gorge Historic Walkway alongside the sparkling Ohinemuri River.
A definite highlight is the easy grade Windows Walkway with windows blasted through the gold mining tunnels providing stunning views into the Waitewheta river. Don't forget to bring a torch as some sections of the walkway can be quite dark!
If you're keen for a longer walk, a five hour round trip will take you to the top of the mountain for panoramic views over the surrounding countryside.