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17 March 2015: Windows Walk / Underground Pumphouse - sections closed

Sections of the underground tunnels on the Windows Walk and Underground Pumphouse in the Karangahake Gorge are closed following an inspection.

  • The Windows Walk is now partially open with access available from the western entrance off the Crown Tramway Track. The tunnel is accessible as far as the fourth window.
  • Work is required on the remaining section of the Windows Walk Tunnels to ensure public safety and remedial work is planned for early 2015.
  • The tunnels on the track to the Underground Pumphouse require further investigation to ensure public safety and remain closed.

Introduction

This spectacular walk passes through the relics of the Tasman and Crown mining operations in Karangahake Gorge.

Track overview

2.5 km loop

Walking and tramping

1 hr Easiest: Short walk

Dog access

No dogs

About this track

Description

Visitors pose for a photo in Karangahake Gorge.
Visitors pose for a photo in one of the
Karangahake windows

This spectacular walk passes through the relics of the Talisman and Crown mining operations.

From the Karangahake Reserve car park begin by crossing both the suspension bridge over the Ohinemuri River, and then the Lower Waitawheta Gorge bridge. Go up the stairs and through the abandoned buildings and machinery of the Talisman battery.

Then follow the rail track along the gorge and into the old gold mining tunnels. The tunnel has four openings (windows) which look down on the spectacular river gorge far below. The track emerges from the cliff and descends a staircase before crossing the river on a suspension bridge and returning on the opposite side of the gorge along the Crown Tramway Track to the car park.

Alternative route

You can take a recommended side-trip to the remains of the underground Woodstock Pumphouse. After the windows section and the crossing over the Waitawheta River, walk upstream for a short distance (through another tunnel) to where a set of wooden stairs on the right hand side mark the entrance to the pumphouse tunnel.

Remains of the beam engine and other machinery can be seen inside, aswell as the rafters supporting th ceiling. Glow worms are also visible. A good torch is essential for viewing this unique piece of mining heritage.

Getting there

The Karangahake Gorge is on State Highway 2 between Waihi and Paeroa, at the southern limits of the Coromandel Peninsula.

Know before you go

A torch is recommended for the gold mining tunnels, and is essential for viewing the underground pumphouse side trip.

Contacts

Tauranga Office
Phone:      +64 7 578 7677
Email:   taurangainfo@doc.govt.nz
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