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“Lots of fun on a MTB”

Charming Creek Walkway
Ranked #2 of 10 things to do in Karamea
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Reviewed 27 March 2016 via mobile

Best to start at the Ngakawau end and bike up to the Charming Creek mine so you have a down hill return. You will have to dismount and push a few times as the track is not a dedicated cycle trail. Probably not a suitable ride for inexperienced riders. Beautiful native bush and lots of historic features on a old bush rail track. Give yourself plenty of time to check out all the old relics and watch for old rail spikes still protruding from the odd sleeper. Coming down you will have blurred vision if riding a hard tail bike fast over the sections of rail sleeper!

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Reviewed 22 March 2016

This 19 km return (same track) is a very relaxing stroll that mainly follows an old mining railway track. There are plenty of relics along the way to view, along with some signage of the areas history. You are rewarded with a waterfall, suspension bridge crossing, and a tunnel to trek through. The landscape varies from wooded, along the creek, and open areas. We enjoyed the bird life along the walk too, taking photos of the territorial robins and fluttering fan tails. You can walk as much of it as you want, but we went to its termination at the Charming Creek entrance and car park, and returned to Ngakawau the same way. It really did not "feel" like 19 km as the walk was exceptionally pleasant and enjoyable.

1  Thank Riel_Travelers
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Reviewed 13 February 2016

We parked at Ngakawau and walked to Watson's Mill (2½ - 3 hours return) There are waterfalls, tunnels, a suspension bridge, old rail tracks and rusty relics from the railway. And there's no admission charge to the walk. You need to drive north of Westport but the detour is definitely worth doing.

2  Thank Both-like-travelling
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Reviewed 4 February 2016

All of the walks around Karamea are great with decent paths yet still plenty of challenge and great exercise. Totally unspoiled and a sense of being all alone in remote but beautiful environment

3  Thank WidcombeWanderer
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Reviewed 30 January 2016

Great scenery and history, definitely worth the trip. Even on a full suspension mountain bike the track was very very bumpy with the railway sleepers. If I went again would rather walk or run the track than cycle. Lots of short walk options, from the Ngakawau end to the waterfall/bridge would be a great walk. Or walk through and arrange a pick up from the other end. If you are riding old ghost road could use this track to get from seddonville to Ngakawau. That would be mostly downhill.

2  Thank Danuta Y
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