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Gold Mining Tour

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Gold Mining Tour

Karangahake Gorge Gold Mining

The Talisman cafe food


Karangahake Gorge is situated at the Southern end of The Coromandel Peninsula in New Zealand's North Island. The gorge is renowned for it’s gold mining history and superb scenery. As part of our series of New Zealand Nature Tours, the Karangahake Gorge with its history of New Zealand gold mining is one tour not to be missed. Love My New Zealand will collect you in one of our new Land Rover Discovery 4WD's offering the best in comfort and safety on the two hour trip from Auckland city. (We are happy however to pick you up from Auckland airport or elsewhere.) Enjoy in-vehicle refreshments along the way and have a comfort stop on arrival before beginning our Karangahake Gorge Gold Mining tour.

We begin our two hour gold mining gorge tour with a walk through the thousand metre long former railway tunnel built in the late 1800's for the Waihi Gold-Mining Company. Learn about the history of the early settlers and take in the stunning scenery of the gorge.

The Karangahake Gorge walk only requires a moderate walking ability. We take care of everything you may need during the walk - water, snacks and your friendly professional guide who has much local and historical knowledge about the area. If you wish to have a more challenging walk, contact us at the time of booking and we will build in a longer bush walk that will provide a real sense of achievement.

At the end of the gorge we will break for a delicious lunch at The Talisman, a delightful eatery set in picturesque grounds. Lounge under the shade or take a walk through the lovely gardens before making the twenty minute walk back to your luxury tour vehicle before we drive you back to Auckland city or your original collection point. Nothing to think about - simply relax and enjoy...

  • Be collected from your accommodation around ten o'clock

  • Enjoy in-vehicle refreshments and relaxng music on the first leg of your day trip from Auckland - about a one hour and 40 minute drive in our luxury 4WD

  • On arrival at Karangahake Gorge you will have a brief safety talk before setting out through the early settlers gold mining railway tunnel

  • During your two hour walk, your guide will tell you about the early settlers gold mining history - interesting facts and fiction about the early settlers of New Zealand at Waihi

  • Enjoy the stunning Karangahake Gorge scenery before stopping for a delicious lunch at The Talisman Eatery at the other side of the gorge

  • Arrive back in Auckland at about 6pm

  • Larger group discounts will apply upon enquiry
  • After the Gold Mining tour we drive to Miranda, home to the geo-thermal Mineral Hot Springs close to Thames in The Coromandel

  • Enjoy soaking in the natural mineral outdoor hot pools for as long as you like while your guide and host prepare a delicious 4-course dinner with matching New Zealand wines served in your on-site apartment

  • After a peaceful night's sleep enjoy a luxury breakfast hamper

  • We return you to Auckland before midday the following day or instead enjoy transport to your next destination South

  • Price NZ$895 per person - includes all refreshments, accommodation costs, meals and breakfast the following day

  • Group discounts may apply for larger groups upon enquiry

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