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SUSPENDED - Waiorongomai History Explorer


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Newcomers - You are very welcome - always phone the leader to confirm this walk is suitable for you

Remember to bring the advertised fare in cash with you on the walk

Sunday 24 May 2020

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  Due to Covid-19 this walk is suspended. It probably won't happen
Details: The Waiorongomai Valley is a maze of old mining history and relics, with the bush having now reclaimed most of the absolute devastation of the mining area. It was once an area of great endeavour and major investment, but the mining results were limited leading to many failures. Today’s trip is an opportunity to explore some of the lesser used tracks, find some new mines and relics, rather than our regular trips that involve the close-by Mt Te Aroha or Pylon Peak.
Medium: From the carpark follow the signs to reach the Cadman (Buck Rock) Track that turns off the High Level Pack Track. After a while we reach the side track / scramble, as it ascends 150m to the top of Buck Rock, for great views out over the Waikato farmland amd south down the western edge of the Kaimai range.

Returning to the main track we continue on past the head of the Butler incline, with its replica incline winch at the top of the impressive Butlers Incline. We then turn off up the High Level Pack Track, passing the sites of the Quartzville miners’ camp and the remains of Hardys Hut before reaching the Piako County Tramway.

We continue to the end of the tramway through a tunnel and to an impressive bridge across Premier Creek.

On our return we take a different route - down the New Era Branch, at times steeply, down to the Waiorongomai Stream to pick up the Low Level Pack Track, past the site of the old Bendigo battery towards the carpark.

Just before we finish we cross the stream on the Pylon Peak track to inspect the tunnel built as part of the water race network to supply water to the battery site that used to be near the carpark.

Bring a torch for checking out the mine entrances and tunnels. Duration 5-6 hrs, but you can take a shorter route back to the carpark to wait for the main group’s return.
Leader: Tony Walton, Ph 630 2591 / 027 478 5223
Transport: Club bus   Driver: TBA
Destination: Waiorongomai road end
Departure: 8.00 am Club garage, 31 Sandringham Rd, Kingsland
  8.15 am Marewa Rd, Greenlane, behind Countdown
Cost: $25 members, $30 non-members. Pay in cash on the day.
Note: Late finish today