Biking the Karangahake Gorge

dscf2728k-webWe have a big night tonight at the Whangamata Club so we thought it was best to get a bit of exercise in so we don’t feel guilty about having a couple during the evening. We decided to do the Bike/Walking trail in the Karangahake Gorge this morning.

The Karangahake Gorge, between Waihi and Paeroa is packed with gold-mining history and many of the old relics of the gold mining days are accessible through a variety of walks. This area was once the busiest and most lucrative gold mining area in New Zealand.

We started our ride at Waikino and followed the historic railway line alongside the Ohinemuri River. The standout for us was not only the scenery but the 1-kilometre tunnel with its ‘windows’ blasted by the miners through the mine shaft walls and out through the cliffs fronting the Waitewheta River. Originally designed for throwing waste rock out of the mine, they now allow great viewing of the surrounding area.

If you get a chance, give the ride a go – it’s not too strenuous but a great couple of hours.

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11 thoughts on “Biking the Karangahake Gorge

  1. John Bullock

    Is there room for your Zimmer Frame Rod???

  2. Janet

    Good god Dearne did you drag Rod around? Bet there were a few cobwebs on his bike!!

  3. Wayne Berry

    You realise of course #1 that it takes more than one ride to reduce the stretch in the tee shirt – or is it just the way you’re standing 🙂

    • Mate – it was the spray coming off the raging torrent that made me look like that. The weather over here has been terrible. I should be ok by March!!!!

  4. Julie

    Looks awesome, way to go my friends – both looking very happy and healthy.

  5. Dale Leggett

    Well done to u guys. I’ve walked the track several times and it is pretty special.

  6. Barry Jordan

    How was the BIG night. Hope you got to practice your R & R dancing skills Rod

  7. Happy New Year dear friends and what a great adventure you are starting! You both look fantastic and I’m so pleased to see those bikes out and about! Safe travels xoxoxo

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