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Karangahake Gorge

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Business Type: Tunnel and Bridge

Overview

Karangahake Gorge Tunnel - a 1100-metre tunnel - originally a railway tunnel and now is a part of the Hauraki Rail Trail.

Address: Karangahake, Waikino Coromandel

Description

The wonderful Karangahake Gorge between Paeroa and Waihi is packed with gold mining heritage accessible through a series of walks. The main Gorge Historical Walkway takes two hours from the Karangahake Hall carpark to Waikino, crossing three bridges. A 2km loop section crosses a double-decker road/rail bridge and dives into an 1100 metre tunnel, part of the former East Coast Railway. The railway is long gone but there’s plenty to see along the route.

The 1903 steel truss Western Portal Bridge is still used as a road bridge. After the railway closure in 1978 the upper spans were removed and rebuilt as a walkway. A stop at Karangahake on SH.2 is very rewarding, with cafes and an interesting Windows Walk to the old Talisman Mine site with display panels recalling the boom town of 2000 citizens. Following the main gorge track leads you to Owharoa Falls, Victoria Battery ruins and the Goldfields Steam Railway operating between Waikino and Waihi.

The tunnel can be seen either by doing the Loop Track – 45 min return or the Historic Walkway to Waikino – 4 hrs return.

More info: http://www.doc.govt.nz
More info: Wikipedia

Locations

State Highway 2, Waikino, Coromandel Peninsula.

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