Friday, 14 April 2017

Exploring Karangahake Gorge


Last weekend we ventured out on one of our road trips this time to explore the Karangahake Gorge. Neither of us had actually gone into the area, just driven past.


This is a very historical place as the East Coast main trunk railway use to run through here. This section of it includes a walkway/cycleway and a 1100 metre tunnel. As you can see from the above 2 photos the main highway runs to the right which leads to Auckland.


We walked through some stunning native scenery, I was looking for fungi and mushrooms but as it wasn't quite wet I could'nt find any. There are also old ruins of abandoned gold mines here which were once used between 1880s and 1950s.


This is one of the bridges we crossed, as I am scared of heights the first one we walked over I had to hold my partner's hand - silly isn't it?

Linking up with Skywatch Friday :-)

13 comments:

William Kendall said...

A beautiful place!

local alien said...

Wonderful photos . Brought back lovely memories

Fun60 said...

What a wonderful walk. Those tree ferns look amazing.

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

That is a very scenic place. I got a little wobbly on heights also so don't feel bad.

Spare Parts and Pics said...

What a cool place to explore!! I'm intrigued by the thought of old abandoned gold mines in the area.

carol l mckenna said...

Wow! What a beautiful place and terrific photos ~ thanks,

Wishing you a Happy Weekend ~ ^_^

Stevenson Q said...

Wishing I was there at the moment savoring the sweet scent of the trees on the trail!

eileeninmd said...

Hello, I would like to see this area. Very pretty scenery and views. Happy Friday! Enjoy your day! Happy Easter to you and your family.

Dobson said...

Amy I love seeing the historical photos that include any kind of railway. I am immersing myself in a model railroad hobby at this stage in my life and my love of railroad that has been strong my whole life seems to be blossoming even more.

We have an old rail line here in the SOuthwestern end of the state of Virginia that is a 34 mile bike/walking trail called the Virginia Creeper Trail. The rail line was known as the Virginia Creeper, because the train moved between Abingdon, VA and North Carolina by working its way up White Top Mountain, which has an elevation nearly a mile high.

likeschocolate said...

Gorgeous! So lovely! Lucky you! Sadly, I don't get out hiking enough!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Stunned scenery ... in our family it would be my husband who would be holding my hand ... that sort of bridge is pretty much all he is afraid of. It isn't so much the height as that he doesn't trust the builders ;)). Happy Easter.

Rhonda Albom said...

I am also nervous of swing bridges but I find them too narrow to allow me to hold anybody's hand.

NatureFootstep said...

I am always amazed of the people that constructed and built roads and bridges like this. Beautiful too.

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