Alert Level 2 Update: Ezi Car Rental are pleased to now provide a contactless rental car service for all New Zealanders from Thursday 14th May. COVID-19 Update
Pick up
Pick up location is required.
Please select a date in the future.
Please select a time in the future.
Time
Please select a return date after the pick up date
Please select a return time after the pick up time

Got a promo code?

  1. Home
  2. Destinations
  3. Free Activities Guide
  4. Karangahake Gorge

Karangahake Gorge

Gold mining history and relics

Time: 30 mins to 4 hours

Grade: Easy

Start: Karangahake Gorge carpark Get Google Maps Directions

Situated halfway between Waihi and Paeroa the Karangahake Gorge contains a lot of gold mining history and relics. The gorge was once one of the largest and lucrative gold mining areas in New Zealand. Take a torch if you have one to explore the old tunnels. There are a number of walks in this area of varying lengths from 30 minute to 4 hours including the Tunnel Loop walk, the Windows walk and the Owharoa Falls walk to name a few. The gorge is now part of the Hauraki Rail Trail which is a 147km cycle route which can be done in part or over multiple days. Bike hire is available in Paeroa, Waihi, Thames and Te Aroha.

PLEASE Prevent Kauri Die Back Disease Spreading.

After visiting Kauri trees please do the following:

1. Clean all dirt off footwear, hiking pole, tyres and equipment before and after a visit to a Kauri Forest

2. Stay on tracks at all times and away from Kauri roots. Walking and disturbing soil around the roots can spread the disease and damage fine feeder roots.

Please keep our Kauri alive for future generations. Kia Toitu He Kauri.

5 stars. We booked at Auckland airport. We got picked up literally as we stepped out of airport. Friendly staff took our info and gave us the car keys(near new Rav4). Super simple process and car was in great condition. While dropping the car back Took them 2 minutes to inspect the car and without waiting we got dropped back to airport. Great price and they don't charge anything extra like cleaning etc. I would highly recommend them.

Ricky X
  • Excellent

    9.3/10

    10,000 + ratings

  • 4.7

    5,000 + reviews