East Coast region

Aerial view of Lake Waikaremoana, Te Urewera National Park.

Aerial view of Lake Waikaremoana, Te Urewera National Park

Map of New Zealand highlighting the East Coast region.

Remote, rugged, immense, Te Urewera National Park (established in 1954) is famous for its lakes and forested beauty as well as its stormy history. In the southern part of the park lie two of the park's treasures, Lake Waikaremoana and the smaller Lake Waikareiti. Experience the lake shore up close by tramping the Lake Waikaremoana Great Walk.

As much of the park is remote and not easily accessible this has helped protect much of the park's native wildlife. Te Urewera is unique in that it contains a full complement of North Island native forest birds (except weka).

Alert/Important notice

 Army exercise 30 October to 3 November 2013

Between 30 October and 3 November 2013, the NZ Army are conducting an exercise in the Whirinaki, Minginui, Murupara, Waione Flats areas. Blank firing of weapons may occur. Soldiers will identify themselves to you. Please take care in these areas and be visible.

Location

Te Urewera National Park lies between the Bay of Plenty and Hawke's Bay in the North Island of New Zealand.The nearest towns are Whakatane, Murupara and Wairoa.
 
 

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Safety

Follow the Outdoor Safety Code:
1. Plan your trip
2. Tell someone
3. Be aware of the weather
4. Know your limits
5. Take sufficient supplies

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Contacts

Te Urewera Visitor Centre
Phone:      +64 6 837 3803
Address:   House 2 Aniwaniwa
Aniwaniwa
Corner of SH38 and Aniwaniwa Road
Te Urewera National Park 4195
Email:   teureweravc@doc.govt.nz
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