We 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.