Exploring Waiorongomai Valley gold mining relics
Discover treasure in these stunning public parks featuring gentle walks and day visitor attractions plus overnight trips through historic countryside.
The Kaimai Heritage Trail reveals our rich industrial past and is waiting to be explored by you. The tramways, haul lines, and mining tunnels from the 19th and early 20th centuries now offer amazing day visitor locations and a network of walking and tramping tracks to discover.
Historic features include rail, mining and goldmining sites with intact and remains and modern reconstructions explaining life in the old days.
Rock climbing, mountain biking and fly fishing are all fun activities in addition to tramping or walking the Kaimai Heritage Trail.
You can camp or stay in backcountry huts while exploring the Kaimai Heritage Trail.
Safety is your responsibility, so make sure you remember your trip into the outdoors for the right reasons.
This spectacular walk passes through the relics of the Tasman and Crown mining operations in Karangahake Gorge.
This track is relatively flat but requires several river crossings as it follows an old tramline through the spectacular Waitawheta Gorge.
The history of gold mining in the area has left many pack tracks and tramlines which can now be walked. Choose 1-2 hour walks, or combine them for a full and challenging day's walk.
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