Historic gold mining machinery at Karangahake Gorge
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Introduction

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

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Fishing

There are opportunities for trout and coarse fishing. A license is required from Fish & Game New Zealand.

Heritage sightseeing

Explore mining heritage sites on the Karangahake Gorge Historic Walkway and the Karangahake Windows Walk.

Swimming

Some of the larger pools in the Ohinemuri and Waitawheta Rivers are suitable for swimming in summer.

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    About this place

    History and culture

    In the 1890s three large batteries were built at Karangahake to service the Woodstock, Talisman and Crown mines.

    The Woodstock Gold Mining Company was formed in 1885. It met with little success because of the difficult, refractory nature of the ore despite its high grade. It wasn’t until the introduction of the ‘cyanide’ process in 1894 (developed by the nearby Crown Gold Mining Co in 1889) which greatly improved returns, that the mine developed.

    In 1895 the company erected a 40 stamp battery and cyanide plant, as did the Crown (1893), and Talisman Companies (1901).

    Because of their heritage significance, impressive structural remains and easy access, DOC has embarked on a multi-year development plan.

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    Getting there

    You can reach the Karangahake Gorge by traveling south from Paeroa or north from Waihi on SH2. The gorge is located halfway between the two towns, and most of the walks start at the northern end of the gorge.

    Know before you go

    Mine tunnels and shafts are dangerous and may be hidden by vegetation. Keep to official marked tracks and do not enter tunnels unless they are clearly marked for public access.

    A torch is recommended for mine tunnel exploration.

    Contacts

    Tauranga Office
    Phone:   +64 7 578 7677
    Address:   253 Chadwick Road West
    Greerton West
    Tauranga 3112
    Email:   taurangainfo@doc.govt.nz
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