Spent the morning at Karangahake mining caves the other day. Must admit it was quite interesting seeing how they used to mine for gold.
Photo above shows approaching the first tunnel with the photo below showing the equivalent of a cross passage, this photo was taken with the S95 and using the flash, otherwise it was pitch-black.
Image above shows you the nose of a common railway crossing, as the photo above shows, the nose of a common crossing takes a lot of wear & tear. Photo below reminds me of Kennington loop on the Northern line.
These tunnels would have been dug out by hand and this would have been pure hard graft back in the day and no doubt there would have been several lives lost as there were when starting the first of tunnel systems on LUL.
After spending time in tunnels etc, it was nice to sit down next to river and enjoy the view before heading back to Miranda. If you are ever near here it is definitely worth a visit and spending a few hours here. It is owned and managed by DOC (Department of Conservation NZ) and entry and parking is free.