Gorges, valleys and gold

Drove through Karangahake Gorge, though the overcast weather spoiled the views a bit. Passed the walk through the tunnels of the old gold mine train near Waihi before we realised it but, instead of turning back, we saw some ruins that looked interesting. Turned out they were from some gold processing plant - there was a bit of a gold rush in Coromandel and a few other places round New Zealand in the 19th century. The ruins were pretty cool, especially the cyanide-making facilities (presumably cleaned up by now, I hope).

Did a bit more driving round the countryside, but the supposedly great views of the Pinnacles and Kaueranga Valley were a washout in the low cloud. Looks like more rain tomorrow.

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