The Wharekirauponga Track in Parakawai Valley and the Royal Standard Goldmine area follows along an old horse-drawn tram track.

Track overview

10 km loop

Walking and tramping

3 hr 30 min Easy: Walking track

Dog access

No dogs
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About this track


This track is an old horse-drawn tram track. It passes unusual andesitic rock formations enroute to the old camp and battery site for the Royal Standard Goldmine.

Beyond the battery site and tunnel are the Wharekirauponga Falls.

Getting there

The track starts at the end of Parakawai Quarry Road, 2 km south of the Wentworth Valley near Whangamata.


Kauaeranga Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 7 867 9080
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Address:   995C Kauaeranga Valley Road
Thames 3577
Postal Address:   PO Box 343
Thames 3540
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