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“One of the Best Free Attractions in all of North Island!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Karangahake Gorge

Karangahake Gorge
State Highway 2 between Paeroa and Waihi, Waihi, New Zealand
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Ranked #1 of 8 attractions in Waihi
Type: Hiking Trails
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Wellington, New Zealand
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“One of the Best Free Attractions in all of North Island!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2013

This is a must-see! There is an old industrial park that you can walk through. And then the real gem is the Windows Walk. You cross over a swing bridge and then can go through old gold mining tunnels. It's so cool! Don't worry that you will get lost in the tunnels. After a short walk through, they are closed off so you have to turn around. Bring a torch with you! You can get great views of the river and gorge through lookout spots along the trail.

Visited February 2013
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herndon, va
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“do the windows walk :)”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2013

the windows walk was fabulous... part history, part adventure, part man made, part beautiful nature.
bring a flashlight for certain parts... and your sense of adventure for other parts.
take your time exploring and enjoy. :)

Visited March 2013
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Hamilton, Waikato, New Zealand
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“Great walks”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2013

I hated history at school but being able to explore places like this is amazing. The walks are easy terrain and variable. You can go a little or long way.

Visited October 2012
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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“Wow! spot.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2013

This is a great spot. Lovely walks, great tracks for riding bikes, tunnels to explore and all centered around a rushing river falling down through a rugged gorge surrounded by bush.

Well worth a visit.

Visited April 2013
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Hamilton, New Zealand
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“Wonderful food and ambiance at the little cafe at the old Railway Station”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2013

If you want something quirky and different, this is one of those places. Excellent lunch, table on an old platform next to the old railway lines. We were in our '56 Chevy 'Peggy Sue' heading to the Beach Hop at Whangamata, and this was a perfect stop in the Karangahape Gorge. The lady makes a great coffee, creamy and hot topped with a heart. They were happy for me to charge my phone which I appreciated. Thanks guys! We will call in next time we go across to the East Coast beaches. You cant miss the café, its in a parking area just off the winding road mid way.

Visited March 2013
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