Aerial view of Lake Waikaremoana, Te Urewera
Note: Te Urewera is now managed by Te Urewera Board and is open for the public to enjoy. This is a result of the Ngāi Tūhoe Treaty of Waitangi Settlement Act. Read more about the settlement.
Remote, rugged, immense, Te Urewera (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.
Much of the area is remote and not easily accessible and this has helped protect the native wildlife. Te Urewera is unique in that it contains a full complement of North Island native forest birds (except weka).
Te Urewera is famous for its lakes and forested beauty as well as its stormy history.
You can walk Lake Waikaremoana Track, one of New Zealand's Great Walks or shorter walks including one up to the idyllic Lake Waikareiti. You can also boat, fish and hunt in the area.
Find out about huts, campsites and other accommodation options in and around Te Urewera.
If you are going to be using the track system in the park make sure you are properly equipped and well prepared.
On this 3-4 day Great Walk, trace the shoreline of Lake Waikaremoana, the 'sea of rippling waters', pass giant podocarp trees and remote beaches, and enjoy breathtaking views from Panekire Bluff.
A walk through Te Urewera Mainland Island offers visitors a unique opportunity to view and experience a true and real New Zealand.
Find businesses that are DOC-approved to provide activities and services in Te Urewera.
DOC maps: Discover the outdoors - DOC's key places, campsites, tracks and huts, and visitor centres on a map
Te Urewera Mainland Island
View the Journeys in National Parks: Te Urewera on NZ on Screen
Follow the Outdoor Safety Code:1. Plan your trip2. Tell someone3. Be aware of the weather4. Know your limits5. Take sufficient supplies
Safety alerts for Te Urewera