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Karangahake Gorge Historic Walkway
The Karangahake Gorge Historical Walkway is situated off State Highway 2 between Paeroa and Waihi. It follows the Ohinemuri River as it tumbles over rocks and boulders through the steep-sided Karangahake Gorge. Gold mining relics and the natural beauty of the landscape make this a very memorable walk.

Part of the walkway is along the route of an old railway line that followed the riverbank through the gorge. It crosses three bridges and includes a two kilometre loop section that offers the chance to walk through an 1100 metre tunnel. The railway line was closed in 1979, allowing visitors to access the historical sites associated with gold mining. As you walk along this scenic gorge you can feel the past all around you.

In the early 1900s the townships of Karangahake, Owharoa and Waikino were important mining centres with large batteries to crush and treat gold-bearing quartz from local mines.

The Karangahake Gorge historic Walkway is seven kilometres long and takes about two hours one way. Allow 45 minutes for the loop section. The Crown Tramway Track and Windows Walk lead off the walkway. The visitor information centre at Waikino, which is housed in an old railway station, can provide you with a guide to the walks.