Issued 28th Jan 2023 - The Coromandel has experienced a severe weather event, with a state of emergency declared on 3 Feb 2023. As a result, some roads have been closed (with alternative routes to be taken).
Some local DOC campsites are closed, and Te Whatu Ora Waikato advises everyone to not use coastal beaches, lakes, rivers and streams until at least 48 hours following heavy rainfall due to potential bacterial contamination.
Please take care in and around the region and keep up to date through the following agencies.
Karangahake Tunnel loop walk takes you along the Ohinemuri River and over the lower Waitawheta River where you will be amongst New Zealand native flora. A stunning surprise towards the end is the 1100m walk through the old railway tunnel, an experience all of its own. Upon finishing this walk you will pass the Crown Battery site, which was constructed in 1892 and later enlarged, to accommodate 60 stampers for crushing quartz. This is part of the Karangahake Gorge Historic Walkway Time: 45 minutes loop Tip: Take a torch Directions: This walk can start at the main Karangahake carpark or at the carpark by the Karangahake Hall - North of the Main Karangahake car park