Proudly supported by:

The Great Rides and Cycle Trails of New Zealand

Karangahake Gorge Historic Trail

Regional Ride

Coromandel, North Island

This easy ride follows the historic Paeroa to Waihi rail line passing old mining relics and buildings and through a 1kilometre rail tunnel. Old mine machinery and buildings can be seen from a number of locations along the way.

The 1km tunnel is lit but bike lights are usefull. At Owharoa there is an old rock quarry established in 1914. A short side track close to the quarry leads through bush to an attractive waterfall. The trail is suitable for all levels of rider although a very short steep climb at around 5.5km will require most riders to walk their bikes.


  • OldStampingBatteryReplicaOreCartTracks
  • karangahake1
  • karangahake2
  • karangahake3
  • karangahake4
  • karangahake5
  • KarangahakeGorge
  • karangake6
  • AbacondaqfseKarangahakeGorge
  • K gorge footbridge
  • K gorge western end
  • K gorge
  • KarangahakeGorgeBatteryAreaPhotos03
  • KarangahakeGorgeTunnelBrickLining
  • Karangahake rail bridge
  • OldStampingBatteryOreCartRemnants
  • OverbridgeToKarangahakeGorgeTunnel