Eliza Mine Track Loop
End of Thompsons Track, Aongatete
Turn from State Highway 2 at Aongatete onto Thompsons Track. Follow Thompsons Track to the end. There's a car park available here.
About the walk
5 hour round trip, 7 km
From the car park at the end of Thompsons Track, this loop begins by descending along a bulldozed path until it meets the Eliza Mine Track just after a small stream. It then climbs to join an historic pack track built to convey supplies and equipment to the mine by pack horse.
The track follows the gully above the stream for an hour before reaching the Mt Eliza junction. From here, follow the steep ridge to the Eliza mine where a small clearing marks the site of the miners’ camp and ore testing plant. The main mine entrance is to the left.
To complete the loop, return to the junction and continue following the path up the valley. The path crosses the Waitekohe Stream and zigzags upwards to meet Thompsons Track. Follow this roughly formed road back down to the car park. Keep a look out for the 4WD vehicles and mountain bikes that also use this road.
Alternative route via Mt Eliza and the North South Track
From the Mt Eliza mine area the Mt Eliza Track continues upwards to a short prospecting drive before continuing on to the summit of Mt Eliza (40 minutes from the mine). The track then continues westward for 1 hour to join the North South Track. Motutapere Hut is a 20 minute walk northwards from the junction of the Mt Eliza Track and the North South Track.