Karangahake to Anzac Bay

Sunday 25 March, 2012





The Karangahake ride is always a popular one, but today's
did not attract quite as many riders as some recent rides here
have.  This may have had something to do with the weather.


Here are a couple of shots of what it was like just before we headed off to the tunnel.

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Ron's map of the ride.

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Don't worry about the blip near the start and finish - Ron's GPS very carefully shows the elevation if you tramp
over the hill rather than going through the tunnel.


Click here to play with the live map.

(Map : Ron)









The Goldfields Express arrives from Waihi.

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We had wanted to be sure to arrive at Waikino before the train, to avoid queues
at the café. We did, but we need not have worried today.

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The Martha Mine Pit..

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JB could not help himself in the group photo.  And Kevan got elevated..

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We went to Anzac Bay, but the wind was coming straight in there so we popped over
to the Ocean beach at Bowentown for lunch.

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There were many container ships waiting to head in to Mt Maunganui, courtesy
of the POAL industrial problem.

Someone suggested there was not a problem - just a great opportunity
to turn the Auckland container terminal in to a park.

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Top of the Owharoa Falls.

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Viewing the Falls.

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Waiting for the viewers to finish viewing the Falls.

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Further down the road, further viewing was in progress.

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A lower section of the Owharoa Falls.

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In the 1km long Karangahake Tunnel.

With the rail trail joining Thames to Karangahake due to be opened
on 5 May, the surface of the Karangahake to Waikino trail has been
greatly improved and so has the lighting in the tunnel.

We had the fastest ride to Waikino we've ever had.

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The bridge crossing SH2 at the western end of the tunnel.

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Coming back to Earth.

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Studying some old gold mining architecture.

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Last scenic stop of the ride.......

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... to look at the Ohinemuri River as it passes Karangahake.

A somewhat more pleasant outlook than 6 hours earlier.

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Photos : John



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