Karangahake Gorge Historic Walkway

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Karangahake Gorge Historic Walkway

Karangahake Gorge Historic Walkway
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KiwiTraveller85
Orewa, New Zealand189 contributions
Fantastic views!
Mar 2021
Walkways, stairs, bridges, tunnels and caves. A little for anyone who likes the outdoors whether on foot or by bike. Some of the walks take anywhere between 1 hour to 6 hours round trip. There is a board in the car park that tells you about the Gorge and the paths to take. We did the Windows Walk which takes you along the Railway track via some really dark tunnels - mind your head and where you are stepping when going through these. When we went the bridge that connects the walk in a loop was closed so we had to come back on ourselves. Some of the pathways allow for bike riding too so just make sure you've taken the correct path. Note that the only toilets are at the start in the car park. There are no more toilets until you get to the far side where the cafe is. Terrain is a little uneven in places and some of the caves are quite dark. Would suggest wearing good walking shoes or good sneakers and make sure you take a torch or at least have your phone with you! There are a few walks to do with different paths to take. Th roughly recommend going here if just to pass through and take some photos.
Written 10 April 2021
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Winefan
Napier, New Zealand3 contributions
Totally worth a visit!
Jan 2021 • Family
We were dragged along by my husband and it was a great surprise how much fun the walks, tunnel and caves were. Note, wear good walking shoes or grippy sneakers.
Written 1 April 2021
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karen+chad
Auckland, New Zealand6 contributions
tunnel walk
Dec 2020 • Business
bad signage, nothing special. only passing through and decided to check it out would not make a special trip to go there. 5stars
Written 9 February 2021
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Travelcc
12 contributions
Great bike ride
Jan 2021 • Family
Great place to cycle or walk with minimal ups and down gradients! The tunnel and bridge makes it interesting for the children and there are cafes close by!
Written 6 January 2021
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ShirishParanjape
Christchurch, New Zealand764 contributions
Lush green forests with plenty of walks and a rich history of gold mining, railways etc.
Dec 2020
Lush green forests with plenty of walks and a rich history of gold mining, railways etc.
We visited Karangahake Gorge during Christmas and New Year eve of 2020. We decided to walk from the car park to Owharoa Falls, which took us through a 1 km long tunnel (previously used by railway in the gold mining era), after which the walk is where the train tracks would have been.
After spending some time at the Owharoa Falls, we returned the same way - except that we took the Windows Walk instead of taking the rail tunnel.
It was an excellent day out, popular with families - both walking as well as on push-bikes.
The gorge offers many other walks, of different durations and needing varying degree of fitness. A great day out - whether you are alone, a family or part of a big group!
Written 1 January 2021
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KYU153
27 contributions
Worth revisiting!
Dec 2020
Very easy, beautiful walk with the most generous and friendly DOC ranger who made the day extra special. We walked “backwards” from Waikino Cafe Station to K Hall. Note: there are no toilets open in the morning at the Waikino end till Victoria Battery (no running water here). Once the cafe opens, the toilets at the station are open for use. We parked at the DOC car park across from the train station. The paths are very well marked and the sign postings for sights along the way are clearly marked. The walk up the mountain (~3hrs) at the K Hall end is supposed to have spectacular views at the top but we ran out of time. A fair bit of the walk doesn’t have shade cover so can get very hot. With generous breaks and sidetracking to wander around Victoria Battery, the two falls and the Windows Walk, it took us between 5-6 hours.
Written 13 December 2020
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aarontarsh
2 contributions
Beautiful Scenic Walk
Nov 2020 • Family
Was a really nice walk. Kids liked the bridge crossings and going thru the Railway tunnel. Easy parking.
Written 26 November 2020
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Dave S
Kaiapoi, New Zealand121 contributions
Easy walk. Beautiful views.
Nov 2020 • Friends
We walked the gorge walkway and through the tunnel. Easy walk. 3km. Beautiful views. Had a great day and lots of fun. Highly recommend.
Written 16 November 2020
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OnAir30959825380
1 contribution
great walks and scenery
Nov 2020
did a few walks loved the tunnels and ruins took lots of nice photos take a bottle of water with you when you are walking
Written 14 November 2020
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155richard81
Tauranga, New Zealand578 contributions
Nice stroll along the edge of the river
Sep 2020
There are several short and long walks along the edge of the river and up into the gold mining areas.
Written 17 September 2020
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