Karangahake

Don't miss the Karangahake Gorge

Experience what it must have been like to work underground in Mt Karangahake 100 years ago. Explore old mining tunnels, ore roasting kilns and tramways on the Windows Walk. Follow the Karangahake walkway along the path of the old railway through a kilometre long brick-lined tunnel. From the Karangahake Reserve, let the swing-bridges lead you across the rivers to breathtaking scenery. Scramble over relics from our fascinating goldmining past. It's all here in the Karangahake Gorge, one of New Zealand's premier walking destinations.

From Karangahake Reserve spectacular scenery can be experienced by following the Waitawheta River. Short easy walks lead to the Talisman Mine's pump room, a huge underground cavern constructed to house the enormous pumping machinery needed to de-water the mine levels below the river. A further five minutes walk upstream leads to the Crown Stope, site of an old mine built across the river in some of the most picturesque scenery the river has to offer. For more spectacular scenery, continue on to Dickey's Flat.

For an even more amazing round trip, head up through Scotsmans Gully on to Karangahake mountain, where the track to No 7 level offers amazing views into the gorge. Follow the Dubbo 96 track down to Dickey's Flat,and from there follow the Waitewheta River back to the reserve.

A five hour round trip will take walkers to the top of the mountain for panoramic views over the surrounding countryside.

And if it's summer, take your togs - there are numerous swimming holes on both the Ohinemuri and Waitawheta Rivers.