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Karangahake Gold, Waikato

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Karangahake GoldBeginner - Intermediate

Submitted by Mark Broadbent

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Front country - easily accessible


Undulating, some big hills

Native bush
Open ridges/tops

Beginner - Intermediate

3:30 (Slow)
2:45 (Moderate)
2:00 (Fast)



The crown track is currently closed due to rockfall. If you do it in reverse and go up the Scotsman track you can still get a shorter but decent loop in. To make up the distance head out to the rail tunnel and complete that loop to make up 17km.

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From the car park cross the bridge and follow the Crown Track. A torch would be useful as there is a tunnel roughly 100m long. After 3.5km turn right onto the Dubbo 96 track follow this for about 7km until you get to the Karangahake summit turn off. Take this and follow the single track for 1km to the summit for amazing views over the Coromandel and Waikato. Retrace your steps for 1 km and tun right onto the Karangahake Mountain Track for 5km downhill back to the carpark.

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Gold mine workings information can be found at http://www.doc.govt.nz/Documents/parks-and-recreation/tracks-and-walks/waikato/karangahake-gorge-brochure.pdf

Make Up of Run

Technical Single Track: 10%

Moderate Single Track: 25%

Easy Single Track: 60%

Farm Road / 4WD Track: 5%

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  • Access

    Karangahake Reserve car park off state highway 2.

    Karangahake is about 130 km drive from Auckland, or 60 km from Hamilton. Toilets, rubbish bins and basic visitor information are available in the car park.

    7 km

    6 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    Make navigation of this route super-easy by using the Capra app on your phone. View on Capra .


    Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.

    Bring enough water to complete the whole route

    Slippery / muddy after rain as some of the tracks are clay based

    Tunnel on the Crown Track so bring a torch.

  • Post run indulgence

    Talisman Cafe
    Opposite carpark
    Coffee and cake

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