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Karangahake Gorge

Address: State Highway 2 between Paeroa and Waihi, Waihi, New Zealand
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Ranked #1 of 10 Attractions in Waihi
Type: Hiking Trails, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
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Type: Hiking Trails, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities

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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

Stopped and walked one of the tracks around the river. Stunning beauty and such interesting history, My one gripe is that more parking areas are needed.

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Hamilton & Waikato Region, New Zealand
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25 reviews 25 reviews
8 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

Well we decided to take the day off and go for a bike ride, even though it was a really hot day this was the perfect place to visit, with the tunnel, trees for shade or just the side of the mountain we were able to explore and not get to over heated, even dipped our feet in the river,... More 

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Hamilton & Waikato Region, New Zealand
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5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

We have taken visitors of all ages and abilities here for many years. The walks are suitable for anyone and the bike trails are such an asset to the area. Beautiful winery, cafes and restaurants too!

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Cambridge
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

Great trail for young and old as it is flat. We were out for a walk but the trail was mostly being used by bikers. The trail is quite exposed so probably not the best place for people that suffer from the heat as there is not much shade. We did take a dip at the falls which was very... More 

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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

This has to be the best and cheapest fun anyone could have. Easy for young and old. Walkers or cyclists. So pretty.

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Matamata, New Zealand
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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

Great free walking tracks. Plenty of variety for all fitness types and also great for adults and children interested in cycling these tracks! Great way to spend a few hours and close by to waihi & waihi beach.

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Tauranga, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

Wow, how many times have I travelled through the Karangahake Gorge in my life, probably 100 times and never ventured past the public toilets at the car park. Today my family and I went on an hour bike ride in a loop through the tunnel, it was so beautiful and made me wonder what else we miss as we whizz... More 

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Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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6 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

We cycled the Karangahake Gorge from Waikino to Karangahake and back again in January 2015 and loved it. It's a very easy cycle and was managed with ease by our 9 and 11 year old children. There are lovely views of the river as you go and some sections through bush just to keep things cool on a hot day.... More 

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Napier, New Zealand
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21 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015 via mobile

We had been told that this was a must see and were not put wrong. The gorge is a wonderful place, made even better seeing nature restore herself after being abused in the name of greed. Both the natural beauty and history appealed to all of us, the latter all the better having earlier visited the Waihi Gold museum which... More 

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Waihi, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

There are historic relics from the early goldmine era, and a good family friendly walking track through spectacular scenery including an old railway tunnel. Beware of cyclists in some parts though. The cycleway has opened up a new world for many visitors, and is immensely popular. To walk from Karangahake to Waikino and back could take an hour or so,... More 

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