Welcome to Karangahake Gorge
The road between Waihi and Paeroa, through the bush-lined ramparts of the Karangahake Gorge, is one of the best short drives in the country. Walking and biking tracks take in old Māori trails, historic mining and rail detritus, and dense bush. In Māori legend the area is said to be protected by a taniwha (supernatural creature). The local iwi managed to keep this area closed to miners until 1875, aligning themselves with the militant Te Kooti.