Mt Eliza Mine Walk

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Mt Eliza is one of many abandoned mines in the Kaimai Ranges.

Quick Facts

        • Location: North Island NZ
        • Distance: 3 km
        • Time needed: 1 Hour and 30 Minutes
        • Difficulty: Medium
        • Wheelchair Access: No
        • Route: One Way
        • Elevation: 400m
        • Wet Feet: Yes
        • Toilets: No
        • Dogs: Yes
        • Mobile Coverage: No
        • Last Updated: November, 2019
  • Track Highlights


  • Track Quality

    A flat walk to start off with then you climb up all the way to Mt Eliza Mine. the walk up through the bush can be a little damp and cold

  • Hazards

    The Waitekohe river might be a hazard after a day of heavy rain.
    Leaving your car at Thompson Track Road End over night is a No NO.

  • Transport


  • Water

    Creek water only at the start of the walk

  • Driving Instructions


  • Shops or Restaurants nearby

    Katikati it 11 Km form Thompson Track Road End and 26 Km from Tauranga

  • Area & Track History

    Mt Eliza is one of many abandoned mines in the Kaimai Ranges. I have walk in to the mine for about 50m to a cave in. A pair of gumboots would be come in handy and a bright torch. do not look up as you walk in to the drive,there are hundreds of creepy thing look down at you.

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  • Map of location Mt Eliza Mine Walk

    Map of walk

Points of interest along the walk

In the map above, if you zoom in on the walk, you’ll see all the following track points and their location. Each point has photos along with a description about each one.

Point 1: Thompson Track Road End

To the end of the main road to the car park is an 6 Km drive.
the start of the track is on your right. it has just had a good clean up. the only problem is the creek. which is only 15 minutes into the Mt Eliza walk.

Point 2: Mt Eliza mine

Around 40 minutes you will come across the turn off to Mt Eliza mine, north south track, motutapere hut and Tuahu track. from here on it is up hill all the way to Mt Eliza Mine. the clearing you walk through is were the Mt Eliza mining company had there camp. there is a small sign at the turn off to the mine. you only have 50Mt to walk.

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