Karangahake Gorge Day Trip

What do you do when a weather alert has been issued? You go out on a hike through a windy canyon including wobbly suspension bridges, right? Especially when you’re nearly 35 weeks pregnant.

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It is hard to imagine that the Karangahake Gorge was formed by the Ohinemuri River, isn’t it?

At least, that is what I did last Sunday.

Together with a number of other hobby photographers I drove to the Karangahake Gorge located at the southern end of the Coromandel Peninsula for a fun day of hiking and, more importantly, shooting snapshots.

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The Karangahake Gorge combines a stunning landscape with the remains of mining and railway activities.

Combining a stunning natural reserve with a history of railway and mining, the Karangahake Gorge makes for an interesting photography field trip even when the weather is less than perfect.

Among the highlights of the walkway are the old gold mining tunnels, which are open to the public, though it is useful to bring a torch. The longest railway tunnel measures no less than 1,100 metres and is a much-visited tourist attraction.

The 1,100-metre long railway tunnel is now open for pedestrians and cyclists.

The 1,100-metre long railway tunnel is now open to pedestrians and cyclists.

Old railway running through the historic mines

Old railway running through the historic mines

Old mining tunnel (stained with graffiti)

Old mining tunnel (stained with graffiti)

Although there are several walkways and loops that are even accessible to mountain bikers, the photographers were mainly interested in shooting plenty of photos while not walking too much with their heavy equipment. I was happy to do the same and tried some options on my camera I had (almost) never used before.

Shooting with a slow shutter speed to give the water a silky appearance

Shooting with a slow shutter speed to give the water a silky appearance

I loved the colours of the rocks.

I loved the colours of the rocks.

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Aside from the strong wind, the weather remained quite good for the entire day, and we got safely back to Hamilton.

I will leave you for now with some more shots I made and will be back on Monday with a running during pregnancy update. 🙂

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Rusty wheel used for mining

Wasp nest in one of the old train wheels

Wasp nest in one of the old wheels

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5 thoughts on “Karangahake Gorge Day Trip

  1. Chiel en Tineke says:

    Selma wat doe je het goed. Prachtige verslagen van je belevenissen met je zwangerschap en je nieuwe woonomgeving. Super. We genieten ervan.

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