Charming Creek Walkway

Charming Creek Walkway

Ngakawau

Reviews

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Rocket

Ranking: 9/10

Very beautiful walk, just wishing it would be a loop instead of out and back.
Seems to be very popular, so start early ;)

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Owen

Ranking: 10/10

My son still thinks of the Charming Creek walk as one of the most beautiful places on earth (with a close second being on the Island of Hawaii). The Charming Creek walk _is_ beautiful and interesting. The combination of a remarkable walk through creek, canyon, and falls all set in a COAL MINE - is a striking contrast to say the least. The history and artifacts really add a lot of technical and cultural interest to a nature walk.

But the great secrets to this walk are:
1) go after (not during) a good rain,

And only if you are a good swimmer, and at your own risk:
2) swim out to and under the waterfall - yolo,
3) swim around the corner and up the stream from the waterfall pool - for a bit the stream is bounded by vertical rock walls and is to deep to wade. This section just upstream from the waterfall pool is crazy beautiful, and it can't be seen from the trail - you have to swim and wade it.

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in January 2016

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Filipe Santos

Portugal

Ranking: 10/10

Well preserved walkway and the falls are just perfect. Should be more shown on a postcard.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in December 2016

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Rob & Colleen Elwood

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Great walk through spectacular scenery .. but not so good for leisure e-cycling. Tried riding from both ends but gave up after about 10 minutes from the Seddonville start. Easier riding in from Ngakawau but the long stretches of remaining wooden sleepers and rails make a judder-bar staircase that defeated us after about 40 minutes. Young, fit, gung-ho types of dedicated mountain bikes would find it easy .. especially if starting from the Seddonville end as the track is downhill all the way.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Floriane Desnoyer

France

Ranking: 10/10

Do not miss this walk! Three hours easy walk along the old railway. So beautiful views of waterfalls, small and big ones!! The Ngakawau River is incredible, wild and strong.

Reviewed almost 4 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Rachael and Nik

United States

Ranking: 7/10

No toilet (anywhere). Nice trail, some rocky areas. Really cool to learn about heritage and history of the area. I appreciate not being a coal miner.

Reviewed about 4 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Saskia

Switzerland

Ranking: 8/10

Nice walk along train tracks through tunnels and over bridges.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Bill

Switzerland

Ranking: 10/10

Old railway track - very lovely.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Evon Jones

New Zealand

Ranking: 8/10

Lovely historic walk.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Veeh Barrington

New Zealand

Ranking: 9/10

Lovely, well kept scenic walk.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Philip Schumann

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

A dismounted old coach railway. Relics, tunnels, gorge, waterfalls, information boards, absolutely great! 2 and a half hours return.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Martin Sajdok

Slovakia

Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful interesting and for me a must do walking track.

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Karine Scheers

Belgium

Ranking: 10/10

Not only beautiful but also historically very interesting!

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in February 2013

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Gerard Berote

Belgium

Ranking: 10/10

Easy walk, fantastic views.

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in February 2013

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Paul Davies

New Zealand

Ranking: 7/10

Followed railway line to mine. A great walk.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in January 2014

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Jacqui Knight

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

The best walk I have done in New Zealand. We only walked to the waterfall, but had so much fun walking through tunnels looking at railway artefacts, going over bridges and admiring the the absolutely stunning scenery,

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in January 2014

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Derek Knight

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

All time favourite short walk. We walked from Ngakawau end to Maugatiri falls. Every part of this walk is interesting including the track itself-an old railway-do this walk !

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in January 2014

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David & Sue Lokkerbol

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Not quite as demanding as nearby Denniston Track but fascinating industried archeology, caves, suspension bridge, open pasture - this hike has it all.

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Rachel_Flowers

United States

Ranking: 10/10

Excellent walk...both history and beauty, tunnels and waterfalls! Easy walking, no tourists!

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Brock Wagner

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Great nature, interesting history.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Pam de Vos

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

The whole walk took 3-4 hours one way but in 1.5-2 hours you make a return to the major spots.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Enno Brehm

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Great experience, beautiful site, nice views, nice compact day walk

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in March 2009