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After buying our car in Auckland and spending five days touring the city, we packed up into Fornaxia and took off for our first three sights in our road trip: Owharoa Falls, the Dickey Flats Campground, and Karangahake Gorge.
Our first stop was Owharoa Falls in Waikino. The falls are just a 2-minute walk from the roadside lot where you park the car. The rocks of the falls remind me of a tiered cake!
Dickey Flats Campground
We camped for the night at Dickey Flats Campground. Our tent was next to the Waitawheta River among the trees, with a glorious view.
The next morning we took off on the Crown Track walk, a one hour each way hike that started for us at the campground and ended at the Crown Mines. The track started by crossing the river with a suspension bridge. Next, we passed through a 180 m tunnel left over from the mining industry. Inside the tunnel, we got our first glow-worm experience! Just past the tunnel is a swimming hole, with some small waterfalls. The majority of the path follows along the Karangahake Gorge until you reach the Crown Mining site, built in the 1800s.