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Karangahake Gorge, Waikato

  • 4 Mar 2018
  • 8:00 AM
  • The Strand, Takapuna

Join us tramping a particularly spectacular gorge that runs between Coromandel and the Kaimai Ranges. You’ll see incredible sheer rock faces that rise 100 metres out of the river and the huge amount of gold-mining history, including the remnants of the old gold batteries and the historic old machinery gracefully rusting away. There are glow worms through the very cool windows walk and a 1.1-km railway tunnel dating back over 100 years that was hand built. There is stunning fresh water swimming in one of the two rivers, so bring swimwear if interested in taking a dip.

Options for slow, medium and fast groups, including going up and over 544-metre Mt Karangahake, with extensive views on a fine day, so there’s something for everyone.

Please ensure you bring a headlight or good torch as you will need one walking through the tunnels. Bring money for hot drinks as there’s a cafe across from the carpark if your caffeine fix calls.

Note: There’s talk of a new bridge going in over the river and if this does eventuate at the time of this tramp, the trip may be rescheduled and replaced with something else.

Depart:   8.00 am The Strand,  Takapuna 


  • $25 members
  • $30 non-members
Organiser:    Imogen, phone 0272 898 440 (no texts please)


  • Distance party - online / printable / GPS file
  • Medium party - as as per the Distance party but may not have time to do the railway tunnel
  • Short party / leisurely / swimming group - will do a scaled down version depending on what the group looks like on the day

Please note early departure time  

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