Aorere Goldfields, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

AORERE GOLDFIELDS - Kahurangi National Park
A fairly easy 2 hours 45 minutes, 8 km loop and return walk to Stafford's Cave, Ballroom Cave and Druggan's Dam. Note: There is little shelter on this walk and the nearly-white-coloured Pakihi soil track reflects both light and heat. On a sunny Summer day, this can be a hot and uncomfortable walk. Bring plenty of water.
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Aorere Goldfields, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

AORERE GOLDFIELDS - Kahurangi National Park
The Aorere Goldfields Walk is accessed by driving along the Devils Boots Road past the Devils Boots rock formations (shown here) and then by following the signposts along the 4 wheel drive farm track. If our vehicle was unsuited to bumpy farm tracks, it would be okay to leave our car here and walk to the start of the Aorere Goldfields Walk.

Aorere Goldfields, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

AORERE GOLDFIELDS - Kahurangi National Park
We close this gate after we go through.

Aorere Goldfields, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

AORERE GOLDFIELDS - Kahurangi National Park
This is the Aorere Goldfields Carpark. The Goldfields are popular with mountain-bikers as well as walkers.

Aorere Goldfields, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

AORERE GOLDFIELDS - Kahurangi National Park
The track follows a paddock uphill, crosses a stile and then follows a wide track.

Aorere Goldfields, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

AORERE GOLDFIELDS - Kahurangi National Park
A pile of rocks from the gold-mining era.

Aorere Goldfields, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

AORERE GOLDFIELDS - Kahurangi National Park

Aorere Goldfields, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

AORERE GOLDFIELDS - Kahurangi National Park
The general direction of travel is steadily uphill.

Aorere Goldfields, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

AORERE GOLDFIELDS - Kahurangi National Park

Aorere Goldfields, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

AORERE GOLDFIELDS - Kahurangi National Park
The first real signposted attraction is the 20 metre side track to the view of Stantons Creek...

Aorere Goldfields, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

AORERE GOLDFIELDS - Kahurangi National Park
...and this is the view. This is a rare occurrence - a signposted attraction that is possibly less interesting than the signpost itself. Oh well...

Aorere Goldfields, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

AORERE GOLDFIELDS - Kahurangi National Park

Aorere Goldfields, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

AORERE GOLDFIELDS - Kahurangi National Park

Aorere Goldfields, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

AORERE GOLDFIELDS - Kahurangi National Park
Here we come to a fork in the track and a nice place to soak our feet on a hot day. We will be returning via the track on the right. Now, we keep going straight ahead to the caves.

Aorere Goldfields, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

AORERE GOLDFIELDS - Kahurangi National Park

Aorere Goldfields, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

AORERE GOLDFIELDS - Kahurangi National Park
Staffords Cave turnoff.

Aorere Goldfields, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

AORERE GOLDFIELDS - Kahurangi National Park

Aorere Goldfields, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

AORERE GOLDFIELDS - Kahurangi National Park
STAFFORDS CAVE.

Aorere Goldfields, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

AORERE GOLDFIELDS - Kahurangi National Park

Aorere Goldfields, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

AORERE GOLDFIELDS - Kahurangi National Park
Ballroom Cave turnoff.

Aorere Goldfields, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

AORERE GOLDFIELDS - Kahurangi National Park

Aorere Goldfields, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

AORERE GOLDFIELDS - Kahurangi National Park
BALLROOM CAVE.

Aorere Goldfields, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

AORERE GOLDFIELDS - Kahurangi National Park
BALLROOM CAVE - In the old days, the locals used to hold big parties in this cave - even carrying up a piano to provide music.

Aorere Goldfields, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

AORERE GOLDFIELDS - Kahurangi National Park

Aorere Goldfields, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

AORERE GOLDFIELDS - Kahurangi National Park

Aorere Goldfields, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

AORERE GOLDFIELDS - Kahurangi National Park

Aorere Goldfields, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

AORERE GOLDFIELDS - Kahurangi National Park
Turnoff to Druggans Dam.

Aorere Goldfields, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

AORERE GOLDFIELDS - Kahurangi National Park
Druggans Dam.

Aorere Goldfields, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

AORERE GOLDFIELDS - Kahurangi National Park
Druggans Dam.

Aorere Goldfields, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

AORERE GOLDFIELDS - Kahurangi National Park
Druggans Dam Historic Places plaque.

Aorere Goldfields, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

AORERE GOLDFIELDS - Kahurangi National Park
Now the hot, exposed track begins to climb...

Aorere Goldfields, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

AORERE GOLDFIELDS - Kahurangi National Park
...providing nice views over Druggans Dam.

Aorere Goldfields, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

AORERE GOLDFIELDS - Kahurangi National Park
And then the track descends again...

Aorere Goldfields, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

AORERE GOLDFIELDS - Kahurangi National Park
...to a fork in the track. On left is the track to Bedstead Gully. We'll explore that next time. Today we are heading right.

Aorere Goldfields, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

AORERE GOLDFIELDS - Kahurangi National Park
This stretch of track has lots of big wide mud puddles to clamber around, as well as a couple of small stream crossings like this one.

Aorere Goldfields, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

AORERE GOLDFIELDS - Kahurangi National Park

Aorere Goldfields, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

AORERE GOLDFIELDS - Kahurangi National Park

Aorere Goldfields, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

AORERE GOLDFIELDS - Kahurangi National Park

Aorere Goldfields, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

AORERE GOLDFIELDS - Kahurangi National Park
When we get to this big deep mud puddle, we're nearly at the turnoff...

Aorere Goldfields, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

AORERE GOLDFIELDS - Kahurangi National Park
Here's the turnoff. It's a T-intersection (in this photo we can't see the track behind us). We've just come along the track to the right and now we are heading down the track to the left.

Aorere Goldfields, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

AORERE GOLDFIELDS - Kahurangi National Park

Aorere Goldfields, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

AORERE GOLDFIELDS - Kahurangi National Park
And the track brings us back to the pool where we soaked our feet earlier. Now we head back to the carpark along the track to the left.

Aorere Goldfields, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

AORERE GOLDFIELDS - Kahurangi National Park

Aorere Goldfields, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

AORERE GOLDFIELDS - Kahurangi National Park

Aorere Goldfields, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

AORERE GOLDFIELDS - Kahurangi National Park

Aorere Goldfields, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

AORERE GOLDFIELDS - Kahurangi National Park

Aorere Goldfields, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

AORERE GOLDFIELDS - Kahurangi National Park

Aorere Goldfields, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

AORERE GOLDFIELDS - Kahurangi National Park
Here we are back at the paddock. We step down off the track and cross the stile.

Aorere Goldfields, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

AORERE GOLDFIELDS - Kahurangi National Park
The Stile.

Aorere Goldfields, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

AORERE GOLDFIELDS - Kahurangi National Park
Aorere Goldfields Carpark.