The Karangahake Gorge has so many things to see and do with or without the kids.
When we get asked "What is there to do in the area?" we find ourselves smiling. The main reason for this smile is because this area has so much to offer that people are often surprised. The other is the fact that the gorge has managed to stay somewhat of a hidden treasure to most of NZ, so when it is discovered it is never forgotten.
The main attraction is the HAURAKI RAIL TRAIL. This cycle pathway runs from Paeroa to Waihi and conveniently runs along the bottom of our doorstep, which means you can cycle either way.
The route to Paeroa takes in the dramatic scenery of the gorge with it's waterfalls and rapids, the local winery and of course the tunnels and bridges.
The route to Waihi is more of a rural cycle ride taking in the countryside. It is very picturesque and peaceful. You can even cycle to Waihi and then get the train back!
There are lots of other activities to get involved in if cycling is not your thing. Here are a few suggestions:
This is a stunning walk taking in the gorge and all the history it holds. Walk through the gold mining tunnels and look out of the windows high above the gorge, but remember to take your TORCH! For more info CLICK HERE
This boutique winery is a great place to relax and enjoy good wine and food in a beautiful setting. Owners Horst and Wendy Hillerich have created a wonderful retreat for you to visit. For more details CLICK HERE
Come and discover the fully integrated experience of the gold discovery centre. There are interactive activities, a ghost theatre plus you'll make your own virtual jewellery and learn about modern gold production. CLICK for more info
Just a short drive from the gorge is the town of Paeroa, famous for it's L&P drink but also for its quaint vintage and retro shops. It's easy to while away a few hours just strolling around these shops full of memories and antiques.