Just Gorge-ous!

Well it’s been a while since our epic road trip through the USA and for the most part it’s been back to the “business as usual” of every day life.   Fortunately we have managed to fit in the odd weekend away re-visiting the beautiful country we live in, New Zealand.

Not too far from home is the Coromandel region which is a popular holiday destination known for world-famous beaches and bays.  We stayed a bit further inland though, and spent a few days in the historic gold-mining town of Waihi and the nearby Karangahake Gorge.

Waihi has been a gold mining town ever since gold was first discovered in 1878 and grew around the Martha Mine until it closed in 1952.  The mine is once again open and we enjoyed a scenic walk around the rim of the mine.

New Zealand bush

New Zealand bush

Looking into the Martha Mine

Looking into the Martha Mine

One of the ore trucks they use in the mine

One of the ore trucks they use in the mine

The Cornish Pumphouse, built in 1904

The Cornish Pumphouse, built in 1904

Later we visited Karangahake Gorge just a few kilometres down the road.  The road is narrow and twisty but very beautiful.  The area is famous for, you guessed it, gold mining.  There are some stunning walks you can enjoy in the area through and around the old mining ruins.

Waterfall

Waterfall

The road through the gorge

The road through the gorge

Bridge across the river

A swing bridge across the river

Nathan having fun on another swing bridge across the river

Nathan having fun on another bridge across the river

Walking along the old railway they used to cart ore along

Walking along the old railway they used to cart ore along

You can walk through some of the old mining tunnels that have "windows" where they used to tip ore out into the river below.

You can walk through some of the old mining tunnels that have "windows" where they used to tip ore out into the river below.

The view from one of the windows

The view from one of the windows

Another window

Another window

We had lunch in the cute Talisman cafe, named after a nearby battery.

We had lunch in the cute Talisman cafe, named after a nearby battery.

Driving through the gorge

Driving through the gorge

The historic Waikino station

The historic Waikino station

The Victoria Battery and cyanide tanks

The Victoria Battery and cyanide tanks

We certainly had a great time rediscovering some of the stunning spots in our local area, and hopefully it won’t be too long before we have our next adventure.

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One Response to Just Gorge-ous!

  1. Lyn says:

    We do have such a beautiful country.
    Great pics

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