Special Publications : Paradise Playground 2012
8 Paradise Playground Paradise Playground Welcomes all visitors to the Thames Va lley/Coromandel Peninsula for the holiday season y • Large open prem ises • All the top beers on tap • Full TAB facilities • Separate gaming area • Pool and Snooker table, Da rts RESTAURANT Open THURSDAY, FRIDAY, SATURDAY (bookings preferred over Christmas/New Ye ar period) Affiliated Clubs and invited guests always welcome ‘Come to The Club and relax the day away’ Ohinemuri Club Princes St, Paeroa • Ph 07 862 7987 4971996AA ‘The Club’ 5019483AA 501948 5019483AA 3AA Unique paintings, pottery, garden sculpture, woodwork, folk art, jewellery & so much more. Open Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday HOURS: 11AM TO 3PM Other times by prior arrangement Phone 07 862 7111 ALL ITEMS ARE FOR SALE 109 NORMANBY ROAD, PAEROA • Karangahake Hall, Karangahake Reserve • Owharoa Falls off Whaitawheta Road • Waikino Historic Station and Visitor Information Centre and café at Waikino The mining heritage sites are concentrated at both ends of the walkway. At the western end they are centred round the confluence of the Waitawheta River at Karangahake, whereas the eastern approach is dominated by the site of the Waihi Gold Mining Company’s massive battery complex (1896- 1952) at Waikino. In the 1890s three large batteries were built at Karangahake to service the Woodstock, Talisman and Crown mines. The Woodstock Gold Mining Company (GMC) was formed in 1885. It met with little success because of the difficult, refractory nature of the ore despite its high grade. It wasn’t until the introduction of the ‘cyanide’ process in 1894 (developed by the nearby Crown Gold Mining Co in 1889) which greatly improved returns, which the mine developed. In 1895 the company erected a 40 stamp battery and cyanide plant, as did the Crown (1893), and Talisman Companies (1901). Because of their heritage significance, impressive structural remains and easy access, the Waikato Conservancy has embarked on a multi-year development plan. The first stage was completed in 2006 - the extension of a dead-end mining tunnel to create a circuit walkway around the main heritage sites in the lower Waitawheta Gorge. As part of the project tram track was re-laid on the Woodstock tramway to create a new visitor feature. Source: doc.govt.nz. Steeped in mining history Situated between Paeroa and Waikino, access to the Karangahake Gorge historic site is via State Highway 2. There are three entry points: Karangahake Gorge is the perfect combination of stunning scenery and historic discovery. The gorge lies between Waihi and Paeroa, and many of the area’s gold mining relics can be accessed by a variety of walks. The Waikino Cafe located in the Gorge (7.5km from Waihi and 15km from Paeroa), hosts a visitor centre that has displays with information showing the attractions of the Karangahake Gorge area. Shorter and longer walks along the Ohinemuri and Waitawheta Rivers take visitors through beautiful countryside, historic gold mining sites and mine tunnels. Walks include: Crown Tramway Track to Dickey Flat Beginning at the Confluence of the Ohinemuri and the Waitawheta Rivers, this walk takes you up the Waitawheta River through the Waitawheta Gorge Tunnels to the remains of the Woodstock Pumphouse (take a torch), and then across the suspension bridge to continue on to the Crown Stope. Horse Drawn ore skip bins transported equipment and ore to and from the mines using this route. Continuing on from the Crown Stope, this easy, scenic river walk passes through beautiful bush and good swimming holes. A torch is needed for the 180m tunnel. Five minutes from the tunnel exit is a suspension bridge and then a track junction. Turn to the left to Dickey Flat campsite, a further 10 minutes walk. The Dubbo 96 track is accessed on the right. Time: 4 hours return Karangahake Gorge Historic Walkway This fascinating walk follows the old Paeroa to Waihi railway line, with the remainder of the track following the banks of the Ohinemuri River. Old mine buildings and machinery can be seen from a number of locations along the walkway. Time: Two hours one-way. (Allow 45 minutes for the loop section.) Distance is 7 kilometres incorporating a 2 km loop walk). Owharoa Falls Owharoa Falls is a staircase waterfall nestled in the heart of the Karangahake Gorge. Ideal for a picnic stop while doing the Hauraki Rail Trail. It is a popular swimming spot with locals however care must be taken as it is prone to strong currents and hazardous features such as snags and slippery rocks and deep holes. For more information go to thecoromandel.com. Gorgeous spot to escape from it all SPECTACULAR SIGHT: Owharoa Falls is a popular spot at the Karangahake Gorge but visitors need to be careful when swimming due to currents and slippery rocks.
Home and Living 2012