The Karangahake Reserve is located on the edge of the Ohinemuri River just before the Karangahake Gorge on State Highway 2 from Paeroa to Waihi. It's a very popular spot for motorists to stop as well as a distinct destination of its own. The Karangahake Reserve is the entrance to a number of historic walking tracks displaying evidence of the early gold mining days where relics and building foundations still remain.
Vehicle access to the reserve is available at either end, with the main entrance at the western end approached from the Paeroa direction. The reserve provides plenty of car parking, picnic areas in picturesque surroundings and public toilets.
Canoeing, fishing and swimming are pursued in various sections of the Ohinemuri and Waitawheta Rivers in the Karangahake Gorge.
The Karangahake Reserve is a port of call for cyclists travelling on the Hauraki Rail Trail. Parking and entrance onto the Hauraki Rail Trail can be found on Crown Hill Rd (400m in the Paeroa direction), at the site for the new Karangahake Hall, or at the Waikino Train Station (please note, designated parking is separate to the Waikino Station Cafe carpark).
Read more about the walks, tracks and cycle ways in the Hauraki District or go to the Department of Conservation or Hauraki Rail Trail websites.