Karangahake Gorge

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Karangahake Gorge

Beautiful Karangahake Gorge has an historic walkway which is approximately 4.5 kilometers in length and suitable for both pushchairs and bicycles. It takes between 90 minutes and two hours to complete depending on your level of fitness, or there is a shorter track that takes about one hour.

The walkway follows the Ohinemuri River to the Owharoa Falls and then continues to the Victoria battery site at Waikino with a picturesque picnic and swimming spot along the way. Visitors follow a railway dating from the 1900s on a walk that includes a one kilometer-long brick tunnel, railway and swing bridges, many old mining relics and, of course, spectacular scenery.

Don’t forget to do the Windows Walk. This is the area’s most popular attraction. A 45-ish minute track packs in a heap of sights, goldfield ruins and relics, tramways, bridges, and info panels. This is one of the island’s finest short walks – the kind you’ll tell your friends about! Bring a torch for the short tunnels (especially to explore side-tunnels. At the carpark check the mapboard, head over two bridges then soon left and up the stairs. Through all the tunnels, cross the river and return on the opposite side.

Other scenic walks in the area include Tuhua kauri walk near Katikati.  The Tuhua kauri track is easily accessible on a well maintained track about a 45 minute return walk from the carpark at the end of Hot Springs Road near Katikati.

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