Karangahake Gorge (E1)

Karangahake Gorge, Victoria Battery, Owharoa falls, Dickey Flat campground.

GPS: -37.422682 175.721492

Karangahake Gorge overview

Karangahake Gorge overview

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Karangahake signage showing Windows and RR tunnel tracks..

Karangahake signage showing Windows and RR tunnel tracks..

Karangahake carpark history signage.

Karangahake carpark history signage.

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The Crown Track snaking along the Waitawheta River

The Crown Track snaking along the Waitawheta River

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Mining railwas on the Windows Walk

Mining railwas on the Windows Walk

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Closed-off mine shafts along the Windows Walk

Closed-off mine shafts along the Windows Walk

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Windows Walk, Karangahake Gorge

Windows Walk, Karangahake Gorge

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Mining carts on displa on the Windows Walk, Karangahake Gorge

Mining carts on displa on the Windows Walk, Karangahake Gorge

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More tunnels and mine shafts after the Waitawheta River swingbridge

More tunnels and mine shafts after the Waitawheta River swingbridge

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Tunnel on Crown riverside track

Tunnel on Crown riverside track

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Great swimming hole right before the long tunnel on the Crown Track.  Extra fun is to slosh through the tunnel cut in the rock here to find the hidden Shangri-la swimming spot

Great swimming hole right before the long tunnel on the Crown Track. Extra fun is to slosh through the tunnel cut in the rock here to find the hidden Shangri-la swimming spot

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Owharoa falls and Victoria Battery are located a little east of the main Karangahake Gorge carpark.

Owharoa Falls, near Victoria Batter and Dickey Flat DoC campground

Owharoa Falls, near Victoria Batter and Dickey Flat DoC campground

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Carpark for Victoria Battery, also now the Hauraki Rails Trail bikeway

Carpark for Victoria Battery, also now the Hauraki Rails Trail bikeway

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Victoria Batter features excellent signage that brings this ghost-town mining-town to life.  Well done DoC!

Victoria Batter features excellent signage that brings this ghost-town mining-town to life. Well done DoC!

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Refurbished mini-railway at Victoria Battery

Refurbished mini-railway at Victoria Battery

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Victoria Battery canide tank ruins---Amazing!

Victoria Battery canide tank ruins—Amazing!

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Walking under the cyanide tanks is bizarre

Walking under the cyanide tanks is bizarre

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DoC Dickey Flat campground

DoC Dickey Flat campground

DoC Dickey Flat campground is a great place to stay when visiting Karangahake Gorge, though it can be crowded on weekends and holidays.

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One Response to “Karangahake Gorge (E1)”

  1. day 5: karangahake gorge | chris and julia go to new zealand Says:

    […] nz frenzy recommended. though we actually went to this place because it was recommended by our airbnb hosts. it was a pretty cool hike through some old mines (we just did the “windows walk”). we saw some glow worms and met some australians that wanted to steal our flashlights (pinch our torches). […]

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