Fact not fiction

So much of the best of NZ is free and accessible, I wondered if we felt it was about time we paid to see something, hence the Hobbit Trip, but it wasn't a contribution to NZ, just a contribution to some outrageously extortionate business. 
Back to the real New Zealand. DOC, the Department of Conservation does a brilliant job at providing access and information on NZ's  natural history.
Our next stop is the Karangahake Gorge, a spectacular mining area. The 4.5km walkway is peppered with DOC information boards describing the history of  gold mining era  .
 The constant drizzle added to the experience!







Part of the spectacular walkway






The 1km train tunnel built to work the goldmines

beautiful!