K Gorge




Karanagahake Gorge is located south of Auckland and about 10 minutes before you reach Waihi. K Gorge has some of the Nth Islands best rock climbing (one of the best 22's - Shiny goblins; one of the best 16's - Shelob; an awesome 18 - Shadowfax; + loads more).

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Black Wall Over The Back

Karanagahake roughly means 'meeting of the hunchbacks' - where the Kaimaimamakus and Coromanel ranges meet.


Traveling from Auckland to Waihi, as you enter the gorge you will notice a walking bridge that passes over the road and leads to a tunnel. At this point turn right onto the vehicular bridge that crosses the river and leads to a car park. 

From the car park follow the track that leads up stream, after about 5 minutes you should cross the swing bridge before continuing on to the entrance of Waitawheta Gorge. Follow the old pipeline track for a few minutes and you will see the main climbing area - from left to right - Prelude buttress ( the long arete and buttress ); The Shield; China wall ( the huge wall behind the Shield - awesome climbing ); Red wall and the Skyline buttress. On your right as you approach another swing bridge is the Pipeline wall. There's a few other smaller crags around (Khan buttress, Back of beyond...) but they only have a few climbs each and are dirty.

To access Black Wall continue up stream from Waitawheta Gorge for another 5 minutes and move through the bush to reach its base.

The alternative is to take the walking track that leads to the bridge and the tunnel, after you exit the tunnel take the track that leads right and follows the river. About 5 minutes after the tunnel you will see the Black Wall.


Details of the area can be found in Auckland Climbs which has about 30 pages dedicated to K Gorge.


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