Situated between Paeroa and Waikino, access to the Karangahake Gorge historic site is via State Highway 2.
There are three entry points:
- Karangahake Hall, Karangahake Reserve
- Owharoa Falls off Whaitawheta Road
- Waikino Historic Station and Visitor Information Centre and café at Waikino
The mining heritage sites are concentrated at both ends of the walkway. At the western end they are centred round the confluence of the Waitawheta River at Karangahake, whereas the eastern approach is dominated by the site of the Waihi Gold Mining Company's massive battery complex (1896-1952) at Waikino.
Karangahake Gorge Historic Walkway
This fascinating walk (2 hours one way) follows an old railway line along the Ohinemuri River, passing old mine buildings and machinery along the way. It is a safe, easy track suitable for all fitness levels. A 1km long, dimly lit old railway tunnel can be included in this walk.
Old Railway Tunnel
An 1km long, dimly lit, brick-lined railway tunnel can be walked as part of the Karangahake Gorge Historic Walkway, or as the 45 minute Karangahake Tunnel Loop Walk.
Goldfields Heritage Railway
Ride the scenic heritage railway from Waihi to Waikino and back, through historic gold country on steam or diesel hauled trains. For more information, phone +64 863 8251 or visit www.waihirail.co.nz
Victoria Battery Site
Erected in 1897 to crush quartz, the Victoria Battery was considered the largest and most advanced facility of its type in New Zealand
. Today, a short walk from the Waikino Station Café takes you to the Victoria Battery Site, which has interesting onsite information. The Victoria Battery Tramway Society offers guided tours on a narrow gauge mining tramway and tours of the Victoria Battery's ore kilns.
For more information, phone +64 7 863 8640
The Karangahake Gorge is on State Highway 2 between Waihi and Paeroa, at the southern limits of the Coromandel Peninsula.
You can reach the Karangahake Gorge by traveling south from Paeroa or north from Waihi on State Highway 2. The gorge is located halfway between the two towns, and most of the walks start at the northern end of the gorge.
Mine tunnels and shafts are dangerous and may be hidden by vegetation. Keep to official marked tracks and do not enter tunnels unless they are clearly marked for public access.
Plan & Prepare
Safety is your responsibility
Before you go into the outdoors, tell someone your plans and leave a date to raise the alarm if you haven't returned. To do this, use the New Zealand Outdoors Intentions process on the AdventureSmart website. It is endorsed by New Zealand's search and rescue agencies and provides three simple options to tell someone you trust the details about your trip.