Field Trip | Levels 3-4: Situated between the townships of Paeroa and Waihi, the historic walkways through Karangahake Gorge offer opportunities for studying resource management issues related to gold mining and water quality.


Published: 2011

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About Karangahake Gorge

Karangahake Gorge Historical Walkway follows part of the old railway line that was closed in 1979, allowing the public access to historical sites associated with gold mining from the 1870s through to the 1950s.

The region combines gold mining history and natural beauty, much of it accessible through a variety of walks.

Get a guided experience

Action Stations offer interactive learning modules for school groups, including their Karangahake Gorge Tunnel Walk and Goldmine Experience. Phone +64 7 574 9622 or visit their website.

About the resource

This kit provides site location maps, pre- and post-visit activities for your outdoor education experience and includes safety considerations and background reading for teachers. Curriculum links are provided and a series of teacher’s study sheets covering a range of topics pertinent to the area.

Designed for level 3-4 but adaptable to wide range of ages (many activities are suggested).


  • Locations of teacher resource kits
  • Location of Karangahake Gorge
  • Using this resource
  • Organisation of outdoor safety
  • Karangahake Gorge Historic Walkway facilities
  • Karangahake Gorge Historic Walkway background
  • Management of Karangahake Historic Walkway
  • Statement about curriculum Llnks
  • 8 teacher study sheets
  • Other references and resources 

Learning levels

  • Primary
  • Secondary

Learning areas

  • Social sciences
  • Science
  • Health and PE
  • Geography
  • Education for sustainability

Learning outcomes

  • Students will understand how people pass on and sustain culture and heritage for different reason (old learning outcome)
  • Students will understand how people view and use places differently
  • Students will understand how people remember and record the past…
  • Students will compare (debate) why the historic features at Karangahake Gorge should be protected and saved.

Links to curriculum

  • Social sciences: Place and environment
  • Science: Living World: Ecology
  • Arts
  • Technology
  • English
  • Health and PE: Personal health and physical development: Safety management


  • Historic places
  • Freshwater


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