Energetic Mine is high above Murray Creek. There’s a good view and plenty of relics from the mining days where people simply threw their tailings over the edge. The deep shaft is now collapsed, with bits of rusting mining gear lying around.
You can park on Franklyn street and walk up Machine Track from there. Spend a moment thinking about the effort it took to develop these mines in the 1860s and the fact that the forest will ultimately reclaim it all.
From Energetic, the track continues above the Inangahua River valley, but this section had been closed by a slip when we visited.