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Local Walk – Karangahake Gorge, NZ

I have lost count of how many times I have driven through this gorge and wish we were out walking instead of sitting in a car heading to Auckland. Let me take you back to one of those happy days when walking or, in this case, trambling was happening in this area.

As to the tramble, I am referring to an exercise that is a part tramp and part ramble.

During the cooler months, a sunrise is enjoyed before departing. Today’s view is captured from the Wairoa Bridge carpark. A popular meeting place for many of the local Tramping Clubs.

We headed first to the village hall, then up the road, back to the top of Scotsman’s Gully and then on through the Windows. Then up the Dubbo. Lunch was enjoyed on the Dickie’s Flat; with our energy levels topped up, we headed back to the carpark.

We hastened to the local Waikino cafe to partake of their excellent comestibles. How all good walks should finish with food and conversation.

The Ramble part of our walk
Into one of the many disused mining caves in this area
When the windows section of this area was open. Many walks around here and the Kaimais have closed though the Department of Conservation is working hard to reopen the many that were damaged due to the Cyclone and floods.
I enjoy a good swing bridge walk
Dubbo Track – the tramp part of the tramble – one of the many minor water features
Before and after Cyclone Gabrielle
Photo supplied

Here’s to more settled Autumn weather and bush tramble adventures.

If you enjoy a good walk like myself and Jo of Joโ€™s Monday Walk, then pop over and find out where she has explored and what type of delectable cake she has eaten.

24 thoughts on “Local Walk – Karangahake Gorge, NZ”

    1. Thanks very much, Mel. Makes for a calmer walk when there’s no cyclone about the area. It will be awhile before all the tracks around the Kaimais and Karangahake Gorge are reopened. Hope all is less dramatic over the ditch?

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        1. I don’t think anyone could quite believe how catastrophic it has been to so many areas in the North Island. It couldn’t have come at a worse time economically though when is a good time? Fingers crossed that Australia doesn’t endure another weather event.

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            1. Yes, rolling with it and getting out of the mindset that we can live anywhere we want without repercussions and perhaps no insurance cover. I feel more for those that lost their business as well as their homes.

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    1. I didn’t enjoy walking on swing bridges years ago so pleased to do them now. On our news tonight, we were told there was heavy snow in the area you last blogged about. The Hollywood sign with snow. Yes, the weather is stranger than fiction and at times very scary.


        1. It was during 2020 when I was doing more tramping. I will to placing all my tramps/walks etc within “Local Walks” as many were included in my monthly roundups. I have quite a few various walks since then ๐Ÿ™‚


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