Work being done on the bridge at Waitawheta Road means that the Waihi to Paeroa section of the trail has been transformed into two separate trails. Trail users on the Waihi side can still access Victoria Battery, Falls Retreat and Owharoa Falls. If you want to access the tunnel and Karangahake, you have to join the trail west of the Waitawheta Bridge.
You can still have a great day out on this side of the bridge. Cycle or walk the trail on the Waihi side, stop in at the Waikino Station Cafe and catch the train back to Waihi.
Work on the bridge is expected to finish by 10 June.