My Favourite Walk: Walking through the Karangahake Gorge mines
Heavy rain fell from the sky all night and this morning when we woke up it was just the same. Rain, rain, more rain - so we went to the Gold Mine hands-on Museum in Waihi.
This was very interesting and when we came out two hours later the sun was shining. Yay!
Raced back to the motel for lunch and set off for the Karangahake Gorge walks. These must be the best walks we have been on in New Zealand.
We clambered through old gold mining tunnels which were dripping with water from all the rain. You needed a torch to see your way!
These mines were dug by hand into solid rock and in an area that is densely covered in native bush. Hard to describe - with a lot of the old mine work- ings still visible.
We finished off the day by walking through a one kilometre long old rail tunnel cut through the Karangahake Gorge rock that runs under the road. Had to do the return trip the same way as the track was closed for the round trip due to all the rain.
We intend to return for a longer ex- ploration when the weather is good. A very rugged part of New Zealand is visible when walking through these mines.
Above: The track goes under the cliff. Below left: An entrance to one of the mines. Below right: The mine entrance can be seen in the hillside.