Issued 28th Jan 2023 and as at 7th Feb 2023 - The Coromandel has experienced a severe weather event, with a state of emergency declared on 3 Feb 2023. As a result, SH25a and the Tapu Coroglen roads have been closed. Some local DOC campsites are also closed. Please take care in and around the region and keep up to date through the following agencies. Driving times and routes can be found here.

Victoria Battery Tramway Rides and Museum

Enjoy a tramway ride through the heritage processing site at Waikino and guided tours in the museum and through underground ore roasting kilns.


Tramway, tunnel and museum are open Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays 10 am -3pm, but you can visit this interesting historic site on the bank of the Ohinemuri River any time.Its a great place for a pit stop and a picnic on the Hauraki Rail Trail/Karangahake Walkway

Access via the walkway bridge over the Ohinemuri River from Waikino railway station or drive slowly in off Waitawheta Road at Owharoa to the parking area. The icturesque site is always open, with relics and ruins to explore. Interpretation signage by the Department of Conservation - truly a hidden treasure.

A sandwich board on the Walkway-Rail Trail indicates visitors can walk or cycle up the hill to the large concrete Transformer House for a tour.

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Ohinemuri River between Waikino and Waitawheta Road
Karangahake Gorge 3610
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