Issued 28th Jan 2023 - The Coromandel has experienced a severe weather event, with a state of emergency declared on 3 Feb 2023. As a result, some roads have been closed (with alternative routes to be taken).

Some local DOC campsites are closed, and Te Whatu Ora Waikato advises everyone to not use coastal beaches, lakes, rivers and streams until at least 48 hours following heavy rainfall due to potential bacterial contamination.

Please take care in and around the region and keep up to date through the following agencies.

Crown Tramway Track to Dickey's Flat

Beginning at the Confluence of the Ohinemuri and the Waitawheta Rivers, this walk takes you deep into the Karangahake Gorge. Not to be missed for hikers who love to explore.


Beginning at the Confluence of the Ohinemuri and the Waitawheta Rivers, this walk takes you up the Waitawheta River through the Waitawheta Gorge Tunnels to the remains of the Woodstock Pumphouse (take a torch), and then across the suspension bridge to continue on to the Crown Stope. Horse Drawn ore skip bins transported equipment and ore to and from the mines using this route. Continuing on from the Crown Stope, this easy, scenic river walk passes through beautiful bush and good swimming holes. A torch is needed for the 180m tunnel. Five minutes from the tunnel exit is a suspension bridge and then a track junction. Turn to the left to Dickey Flat campsite, a further 10 minutes walk. The Dubbo 96 track is accessed on the right. Time: 4 hours return Tip: Take a torch Directions: This walk starts at the carpark by the Karangahake Hall - North of the Main Karangahake car park. You can also start it 10 minutes further in at the Main carpark at the Karangahake Reserve.

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