Karangahake Gorge Windows Walk

Point of Interest

4.3 from 3 users.


This short walk boasts beautiful scenery and spectacular mining remnants including disused gold mining tunnels. 2.5 km loop. 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. A torch is recommended for the gold mining tunnels. Dogs allowed on lead

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Lat: -37.422447 Lng: 175.720744

User Reviews



Nice walk, unfortunatelly most of the walks are closed. The rail Tunnel loop is still closed due to the Cyclone, so are the Windows. Alternativly You can take the Tunnel loop along the River, but a landslide is blocking the way to the Tunnels. Luckily the karangahake Lookout and the crown mines are open where you can walk along the rails to the now closed Windows. Took us around 20 minutes to walk along the rail and is definetly worth a stop.



Closed due to Cyclone Gabrielle


Legacy Data

Window walks is a must and the tunnel loop is not so long. Realy a walk worth.if you want to make the 3h historical walk,take your bike with you,it's not worth to walkthis track)


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