Karangahake Windows Walk

Karangahake Windows Walk

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Torches essential to explore the mines
A view from one of the windows
Tunnels!

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Time: 1 hour round trip, Distance: 2.5km

This spectacular walk passes through the relics of the Talisman and Crown mining operations.

From the Karangahake Reserve car park begin by crossing both the suspension bridge over the Ohinemuri River, and then the Lower Waitawheta Gorge bridge. Go up the stairs and through the abandoned buildings and machinery of the Talisman battery.

Then follow the rail track along the gorge and into the old gold mining tunnels. The tunnel has four openings (windows) which look down on the spectacular river gorge far below. The track emerges from the cliff and descends a staircase before crossing the river on a suspension bridge and returning on the opposite side of the gorge along the Crown Tramway Track to the car park.

Alternative route:

You can take a recommended side-trip to the remains of the underground Woodstock Pumphouse. After the windows section and the crossing over the Waitawheta River, walk upstream for a short distance (through another tunnel) to where a set of wooden stairs on the right hand side mark the entrance to the pumphouse tunnel.

Remains of the beam engine and other machinery can be seen inside, aswell as the rafters supporting th ceiling. Glow worms are also visible. A good torch is essential for viewing this unique piece of mining heritage.

Note:
The Woodstock Pumphouse is currently not accessible as the rock archway before the entrance to the Pumphouse is not stable anymore, i.e., closed by authorities.

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North IslandBay of PlentyWaihi

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  • Walking
  • Free

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Stefan Beiner

Singapore

Ranking: 10/10

Loved the walk. Had a 7-year old with me who really enjoyed it too. Due to the hard rain recently, there was some water in the tunnel and we skipped some windows since there were large pools of water but overall great fun and definitely worth visiting.

Reviewed 10 months ago

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Andrew Attree

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Not to be missed when in NZ fantastic history fantastic walk

Reviewed 11 months ago

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jofa972

Ranking: 10/10

Really nice walks!
We really liked it, but the time which is indicated is a bit wrong... We took half of it (but we were still taking pictures everytime). I think even kids can do it, it's really nice to visit!
The landscapes are great!

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Simon Burkard

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Stunning views through tunnels.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago and experienced in March 2017

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Daisy Hoopers

England

Ranking: 8/10

Combining a great gorge walk with a snapshot into the gold mining industry, this is an enjoyable place to have a pit stop. Some really good swing bridges and great river scenes.

Reviewed about 2 years ago and experienced in January 2017

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Helen Worner

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Amazing short walk, nobody there early in the morning. For free.

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in December 2016

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Thomas

France

Ranking: 9/10

Mines are very well presented, lots of explanations on the mines.

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in October 2016

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Igor Pretzer

Germany

Ranking: 7/10

This is a great walk. You can see both the Gorge with the river and the mining. It was exciting to enter the old mines.

Reviewed about 3 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Sandra

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

A very enjoyable walk around the goldmine and on to the mine walk. Walk through tunnels above the river - well worth a visit to this DOC walk.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Jamie McArthur

Australia

Ranking: 9/10

Lots of things to see and do in one area. Rivers and swimming holes, gold mine ruins and train tunnels to walk through. Good walking track (very busy though).

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in January 2015

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N smith

New Zealand

Ranking: 9/10

Great little walk, a torch is a must so you can explore some of the old mines

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in December 2012

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Ralph and Leonie

Netherlands

Ranking: 7/10

Walk through the old gold mines, take a torch and visit the tunnels. Free access.

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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Gerard van de Ven

Netherlands

Ranking: 9/10

Impressive walkway in gorge, after walking you see old mine production plants.

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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