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Luck at Last Mine Track

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Easy, flat walk to the Luck at Last mine battery site with lots of ruins and equipment. One of the best preserved old mining sites on the Coromandel. A network of tracks explore the mine area.

A well sign posted track in the forest provides a scenic walk to old gold mine ruins where you can view old mining relics. Winding through a scrubby harvested forest landscape, the initially unformed track soon descends to the old level carriageway bounded by native trees and the Wharekawa stream. Some 50-60 minutes from the car park the track leads over a bridge then to the right, a short distance to the first view of the battery site. Mine tunnels and more building sites are further up the river.

Quick Facts

        • Location: Whangamata
        • Distance: 2 km
        • Time needed: 2 Hour
        • Difficulty: Easy
        • Wheelchair Access: No
        • Route: Double back
        • Elevation: 30m
        • Wet Feet: No
        • Toilets: No
        • Dogs: Leash only
        • Mobile Coverage: No
        • Last Updated: November, 2019
  • Track Highlights


  • Track Quality

    Good maintained track relatively flat to the mill site. Track gets rougher above the mill area when it starts to climb the hill to the mine tunnels. There is a small system of tracks in this area.

  • Hazards

    Old mine workings. Keep out. Some are very deep with lots of hazards. Also steel rods poking up out of the ground at the mill site. Watch for log trucks on the main road to the site.

  • Transport


  • Water


  • Driving Instructions

    7km north of Whangamata, just past the Onemana Turn off, turn left onto Taungatara forestry Road and continue 3km along the road till just before the first concrete river crossing. Sign at Car Park. Parking is on the right, and the track starts on the left. Note that at times the forest road can be closed due to logging.

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Middle Ridge Road, Whangamata 3691, New Zealand

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