Easy 2.5k walk starting from Franz Josef town to Tatara Tunnel, about a 1.5 hour walk. Around 1907 a team of miners working for the Waiho Sluicing Company started blasting a tunnel into the Tatara mountain. The 500m tunnel was built to supply water 5 km away for gold slicing at the mining site in the Waiho River.
Heads to the cul-de-sac in Cowan Street this is your starting point. Just follow the road to the turn off, 11 minutes. You take the left fork, there is a signpost giving you directions. Then follow your nose to the start of an easy up hill section of the walk. The walk is through bush all the way so don’t expect to be walking in the sun, it can end up being a cold walk.
You will need a torch for each person and if you can carry a pair of gumboots in a backpack you will be extremely happy you took my advice. Tatara Tunnel is about 340m long, very dark and has a continuous current of clean freezing cold water flowing through it at a depth of 100mm in places. Even the air current through the tunnel is freezing.