New Zealand Day 3 Karangahake

Enroute to Hamilton Gardens, we drove past Karangahake Gold mining town and walked across a creek.

We had meant to do a cycling trip on the Harauki railway – Day Trip but woke up late.

When we arrived at the mining town, a group had borrowed all the children bikes. We later walked past this group of 8 children. When we were at the Gorge, we saw one young person who was struggling with his bicycle as the chains came off. Another was not a proficient cyclist and was struggling behind his group trying to keep up and cycle through a bridge. So not a trip for amateur cyclist.

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The staff at the Town Information Centre who also ran the Bike Rental were very helpful and suggested we go for the Karangahake Mine historic walk.

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If you’re passing through the area, the scenery is beautiful with the large wheels and river running through the gorge.

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Tip
Grab a picnic if you need frequent rests. We took a 2 hr walk through the historic trail, and went back to Parareo for late lunch. Most of the eating places are open Wed-Sun.
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Long dark walk through the tunnel. Can be chilly.

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Best thing, the walk is free.

Unfortunately because we were here late, we could only grab a milkshake at the Courtyard Cafe.

Lovely ambience especially if you move inside the cafe. Lots of sun and looks as a courtyard. Really good milkshake (both salted caramel and vanilla)

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