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Three day walks staying at the Te Aroha Holiday Park which has camp sites, cabins and cottages, and hot pool.
Bring a torch, boots and swimming togs. Contact Bart Schroder, schroder@vodafone.co.nz, 09 524 7456

Saturday 25th Oct - we leave early (7am) and drive down to the Karangahake Gorge just out of Paeroa, arriving about 8:30 (130 km). The planned walk is 12km long, and will take about 6 hours. We start at the Karangahake Reserve Car Park, and walk the Windows Walk (about 1/2 hour) up the Waitawheta River, passing lots of interesting old gold mining tunnels and stuff. Next a small side trip to the Woodstock Pump House, and then up the true right of the Waitawheta to Dickey Flat (2 hours) for some lunch. We return via the true left gorge, old tunnels and mine workings to the Mt Karangahake turn off (2 hours, to the left). If you have the energy we walk steeply up to Mt Karangahake (544m) (1/2 hour) and then return down the track, but carry onto Scotsman Gully, and the main road and walk back to the Car park (1 hour). Lots of great views and gorge stuff. For those who don't want to walk this long, The Windows walk, and the Karangahake historic walk are good. We leave Karangahake, and drive to Te Aroha Holiday park. The plan is to go to Ironique Cafe for dinner on Saturday night, with a possible soak in the historic private pools at the Te Aroha Domain before to ease tired muscles.

Sunday we walk up Mt Te Aroha (952m) via Bald Spur (3 hours) and lunch, and then towards Wairongomai Saddle, and turn right onto the Crimson Thread track towards the Wairongomai Valley. We pass assorted Tunnels and follow Premier Creek, to the start of the Main Queen Incline, which we walk down, follow the railway track across Diamond Creek and then down Butlers incline (2 hours). Various gold mining stuff along the way. We exit via the Old Bendigo Battery to the Wairongomai Rd. I will organize transport from here back to the camp. The plan is to have a BBQ at the holiday park on Sunday night, and soak in the camp hot pool.

On Monday we decamp and drive to the base of the Wairere Falls, and do the walk up the falls (150m height) and back (3 -4 Hours). It is steep but spectacular. After returning, we drive back to Auckland. It should be a decent weekend!

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Would like to come, Bart. Can provide or share others' transport. John Mackay

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