If you give nature long enough it will cover over all that has gone before. A nationally significant gold heritage site, Karangahake Gorge was once a maze of bridges, trams, water races and construction. The regenerating native bush and crystal-clear currents of the Waitawheta River make it a stunning nature spot for visitors today.
Karangahake Gorge, located on State Highway 2 between Paeroa and Waihi is about 2 hours drive from Auckland, or 1 hour from Hamilton or Tauranga. Parking is available directly off the State Highway at Karangahake.