Karangahake Gorge, Waihi

Categories: Hiking Trails, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
Inspirock Rating:
4.7/5 based on 320+ reviews on the web
Explore the rocky terrain and rich mining history of Karangahake Gorge, carved by the boulder-strewn Ohinemuri River. Hike or bike along the old railway line, inspect the remnants and ruins of the gold mining industry, and delve into some of the former railway and mining tunnels. Several old bridges span the foaming water, including a wire suspension bridge. Look for informative signs along the trails, pointing visitors towards places of interest and explaining the history of the area. Two cafes along the gorge provide refreshments and snacks. By using our Waihi trip builder, you can arrange your visit to Karangahake Gorge and other attractions in Waihi.
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  • Take a leisurely drive through - stop at the Waihi end for a snack at the old railway station; pause to wander down by the flowing river by the off road car park. 
  • The gorge is place worth exploring. There's bike trails, cafes, train rides, walks, place to relax for a drink and of course swimming if you like the cold.its even an interesting drive with Paeroa on ...  read more »
  • I found this self guided walk beautiful and fun. My friend and I walked through they "Windows walk" which is set in the old railway/mining caves. It says "torch recommended" but I would say it was ess...  read more »
  • Would be more stars if it wasn't for the waterfall I fell down. Other than that it's very beautiful scenery lovely rail way hike.
  • Lovely place for a hike- I'm partial to the Windows trail. Not a lot of vertical except for some initial stairs and then the stairs back down to the gorge. Parking can get a bit crowded at peak times but there's another lot just down SH2.
  • Awesome place for bush walks and sightseeing. Well preserved and maintained.
  • Nice trail to hike to see beautiful gorge and river. Walking on historical rail trail and visiting Victoria Battery can experience gold mining history.
  • Awesome place for a family day out.
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