Broken Hills & Coromandel- Kauaeranga
Valley -Mini Weekend Trip
Saturday 2nd to Sunday 3rd March ‘24
Both Easy (E) and Medium Fit (M/F) parties will drive through to Broken Hill Campground which lies in a picturesque setting in the Coromandel beside Tairua River and below spectacular cliffs.
(i) Easy Party will explore the network of tracks, old goldmining sites, water races and tunnels. Explore historic gold mining area: old mine tunnels, site of the aerial ropeway which transported the ore across the valley to the Golden Hills battery.
Highlight is the circular track taking one of the Lookout viewpoint looking over the towering rock formations beside the site and then back down to cross a 500 metre long old mine tunnel referred now as Collins Drive. -Torch required.
Once out of the tunnel there are descents past more tunnels.
There are remains to look at of the stations for the aerial ropeways that crossed high over the valley to the Stamper batteries used to extract the gold from the quart ore on the other side of the river. As you descend further the track makes use of the old horse drawn tramways.
Swimming hole near the Roadend camping ground.
Sleeping Options: Sleep on the bus or Tent
Barbecue: We will have the Club Barbecue available if you would like to bring your own gourmet delight
Trip Leader: TBA
- (ii) M/F Party will walk up from the Broken Hills Campground to the Lookout view point and then onto the HiHi Trig (725M, ~4 /2hrs). From there it is a further 2 hrs to Billy Goat Basin Campground for the night. Tent required.
- Trip Leader: Chris Bilham:
Easy Party will drive around to Kauareanga Valley Rd. Park the bus at Hotoritori Campsite and walk the road to Catleys Campsite (~3Km), then cross the river and tramp up the Tarawaere Dam Track. (Due to previous storm damage Kauareanga Valley Rd has a heavy vehicle weight restriction for 6,000 kg (class 2) preventing travel beyond Hotoritori Campsite).
M/F Party will walk out from Billy Goat Campground via Tarawaere Dam Track and finish at Catleys campsite.
Parties will meet on the track and walk out together.
Back in Auckland mid- afternoon.
Depart: Saturday 8am, Como Street
Organiser: Kevin Osten, Ph. 027 4577418
Driver: Craig O'Neill
- · Medium Fit Party Cost: $80
- (Price includes Billy Goat Flat tent Site: $5)
- · Easy Party Cost: $90
- (Price includes Broken Hills Campground fee: $15)
Broken Hills Gold Mining History
Broken Hills and Kauaeranga Valley Info
Long Party Printable / GPS
Short Party Printable / GPS