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GOLDFIELDS 1 DAY Ebike Tour

Tour includes lunch at Waikino Railway Cafe and 1 nights accommodation: price is based on 2 persons per booking

Day One.

PAEROA TO WAIHI STATION – (GRADE 1 Easiest)  return 44kms plus time in WAIHI

Highlights: Karangahake Gorge, Bullswool Farm Park, Waikino Station Cafe, the Bistro at Falls Retreat, Ohinemuri Estate, Talisman Cafe, the Victoria Battery, Waihi Gold Discovery Centre, boutique shopping, cafes and current and historic mining.

The Trail starts on Rotokohu Road, Paeroa and follows Te Moananui Maere Road. You are travelling through farmland before meeting up with the Ohinemuri River – you are going to see a lot of this river today . If you look on the other side of the river, you can see State Highway 2.

Once you get to the Karangahake Hall, we turn left on to the trail following the river. ( Do not go over the bridge to the tunnel – you will come back that way on your way home)

 Karangahake Rail Tunnel Walk

Caution:  on this section of the trail – the pathway is not as wide and in places – it will be safer to walk your bike. And remember watch your speed and keep a lookout for people walking.

There are some very interesting things to see and explore on this section when you get to a part of the trail that you can see two bridges and a large carpark over the river. Prepare for some walking.

Cross over the first small swing bridge on your right – and visit the “Windows” You cannot take your bike up – so lock it up to the sign and take a torch with you. Allow 30 – 60 minutes to explore this part of the Gorges history.

If you feel like a break – go back over the bridge and cross over the longer swing bridge to the car park. Over SH 2 is the Talisman Cafe and Craft shop – a nice place for morning tea and a break.

To continue – return back over the two bridges and just before the Windows sign – there is a track to your left. Again this section of the Trail is very narrow in parts and is only suitable for walking your bike. More great views of the River. This takes you to the Tunnel entrance as below – But you are not going through the Tunnel  until your come home.

 Karangahake Rail Tunnel Walk

Continue on the Pathway towards Waihi – when you get to the first road crossing – be careful and watch for cars.

If you go up this road – Waitawheta Road –  a short distance up is the Owharoa Falls. The track in from the road is only 5 minutes but contains stairs so you will need to lock the bike to the sign and walk.

Back on the trail ( turn right when you go back down the road from the falls)  This pathway is nice and wide and sometimes can be very busy.

The next stop on this section is the Historic Waikino Hotel (currently undergoing Restoration work – expected to open early 2018. We will update this when it does.)

A short ride from here to the Victoria Battery. Lots of history to explore. This was the largest Battery in NZ back in its day. The Museum is open Sundays and Wednesdays 10.00 – 3.00 and Public Holidays.

After exploring the Battery site – you have two choices:

Cross the bridge over the main road to the Waikino Station Cafe ( and Yes it is a Railway station). The Cafe is a great place for a homestyle meal. And if you are not up to riding the last 8 kms to Waihi – you can catch the Goldfield Railway Train, the one-way Fares are $15.00 each and another $2.00 for the bike. {Check the website for timetable – www.waihirail.co.nz}

OR continue on the trail to Waihi. This section of pathway is not as good as what you have been on so far – but again great views of the river and farmland. As you enter Waihi – you join the railway line beside you and you are now on a road. Beware of cars etc. Follow the signs and you will end up at the Waihi Railway Station.

Waihi Railway Station

To  get into town from here – go along Wrigley Street and turn right onto Consols Street and continue until you turn left on to Silverton Road.

This will take you to the Main street of Waihi (Sneddon Street) – turn right and enjoy all the cafes, Takeaways and other interesting shops.

If you continue down Seddon Street towards the big concrete tower – The Pumphouse – you will find the Waihi Gold Mine Centre (i site) for more information.

.cornish pumphouse historic

You can bike around the Pit on the Pit Trail. It’s 4 kms and you do get some great views of the open pit. This is still an active mine. Although since the two large slips in 2015 and 2016 – the open cast mine is not working but they are still mining underground. Production is said to be around 100,000 oz of Gold each year.

 

RETURN TO PAEROA

This is the reverse of your morning  – trail starts at the Waihi Railway Station ( if you did not use the train coming to Waihi – you might want to ride the train back to the Waikino Station). The only difference from coming is when you get back to the Tunnel – you are going through it. Caution – you are going downhill for approx. 1 km and there are people walking both ways in the tunnel without torches. Keep your lights on and watch your speed – very uneven surface and can have puddles of water – even in Summer.

Once through – nice level pathway back to Paeroa.

Back to your Accommodation for a good nights sleep before you continue your trip.

 

GOLDFIELDS 1 DAY Ebike Tour Paeroa-Waihi

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