Karangahake Gorge

Karangahake Gorge near Waihi. It used to be part of a gold mining operation and evidence still abounds, such as a rotting rusty machinery, a railway line and swing bridge (which have been rebuilt of course). It’s difficult to imagine that this shrub filled place of beauty was once alive with the sights and sounds…

Hamilton Botanic Gardens

The botanical gardens at Hamilton are simply stunning. It is separated into garden rooms, each of which is an exceptional example of the style it represents. There’s a Japanese garden of reflection, a Chinese garden of scholars, a colourful Indian garden complete with slightly off-white buildings, a structural Italian Renaissance garden, a controlled jungle tropical…

Wairere Falls

  Wairere Falls tumble down a cliff face high in the mountains that circle the eastern side of the Waikato. Visible from miles away, it’s only natural that we would hike the path leading to the lookout at the base of this natural marvel. The 90 minute return walk takes us along the creek that…