The old tramway makes an easy 19km tramp (if you do the entire track), mostly flat and shaded. This is a great option to do with the kids or a new tramper, and the scenery in the Waitawheta Gorge is spectacular.
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The tramway was constructed between 1896 and 1910 to transport kauri logs out of the Waitawheta Valley. Today the route of the old tramway forms a walking track through the spectacular cliffs and bluffs of the gorge, with a suspension bridge, waterfall and old logging site along the way.  The information panels along the track tell the story of the pioneering activity in the gorge.

Time: 8 hours return, although there are shorter loop options. Visitors can overnight in the Waitawheta Hut (DOC hut, bookings required) at the end of the track. 

Note:The track includes six crossings of the Waitawheta River. You should not attempt to walk the track if conditions are wet as the river can rise quickly.

Directions: The track can be accessed from SH2 between Waihi and Paeroa. Turn onto Waitawheta Road, 2km west of the Waikino Station Cafe. Continue along Waitawheta Road and turn right into Franklin Road which you take to the road end. The start of the track is over farmland, 200m past the carpark.

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Karangahake Gorge
New Zealand