Charming Creek Walkway is split into two separate tracks due to a large active slip.
These two separate tracks are:
The track starts with an easy 10-minute walk to the Ngakawau bins area.
This area includes:
A further 5 minutes’ walk along you come across a points lever. This lever operated a turnout that split the track into the lower level line and the higher level line. The lower level line took the timber trains along the river and the higher level line took the coal trains to the top of the bins.
On the higher-level track, you can see the remains of a Ruston and Hornsby Rail Tractor. Return via the same path.
Toilets are available:
This ride goes over historic railway formations – there may be sharp or rusty metal remnants along the track.
This is a shared-use track. Follow the mountain bikers code: respect others, respect the rules, respect the track.
There is high mineral count from the acid mine drainage. The water is monitored daily by BT mining to ensure it sits with the relevant tolerance. Bring your own water.
The hardy Ngakawau Gorge Daisy (Celmisia morganii) flowers abundantly on steep rock faces from December to January.
This is the only known habitat for this rare and protected species.
Auckland is at Level 3 and other regions at Level 2.