Last Updated: 18th Dec 2023

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Karangahake Gold

Paeroa, Waikato

Submitted by Mark Broadbent

Last Updated: 18th Dec 2023

Beginner - Intermediate

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Grunt Factor: 23 ?

Gnarl Factor: 35 ?








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Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible


Undulating, some big hills

Native bush


Open ridges/tops

Run Makeup


Farm Road / 4WD Track

Easy Single Track

Moderate Single Track

Technical Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +12.6%

Average Downhill Gradient: -13.7%


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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.

This trail includes the peak Karangahake.

Gold mine workings information can be found at

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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





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.

Talisman Cafe
Opposite carpark
Coffee and cake

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Trail Reviews

Awesome track, loads to look at. Plenty runnable and the views from the trig are amazing! Blue sky day up there and you’re onto a winner!

Lauren Mai Anderson

October 10, 2021

The track is open again! Stunning run along the gorge and then up into the mountain. The last 1km track to the summit is not marked with any official trail markers. Good mix of flat and hills. Beautiful views. This is a favorite.

Karen Koch

June 12, 2021

Really enjoyable run. Great run along the river before a steady uphill for the majority of the climb. Love the wee tunnel that the trail just suddenly disappears into before the climbing starts. Awesome easy run on the way back down. But if wet is really slippery! Amazing views from the summit! Make sure you park in the “Karangahake reserve” car park otherwise you’ll be running an extra km or two to get to the start of the track 🤪

Trina McClune

September 28, 2020

Great run. I started at Waitawheta Pipleline Walk & Dubbo 96 Track intersection close to Dickey Flat Campsite and it was all uphill to the summit for some nice views. Blew a shoe on the way down so had to make some running repairs and toes are a bit smashed up as a result! The Windows Walk and Tunnel were nice rewards at the end (for the route I ran). Thanks for sharing Mark.

Anthony Sowerby

August 23, 2020

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