Introduction

You must book huts and campsites for everyone who is intending to do the walk. This includes those children and young people under 17 years who do not have to pay fees. Find out how.

Fees

Fees are charged per person, per night to stay in huts and campsites on the Lake Waikaremoana Great Walk. There are no fees for entry into Te Urewera or to complete a day walk on the track.

Pay your fees by booking the huts and/or campsites before you start the track.

Huts
  • Adult (18+ years): $32 per night
  • Child (17 years and under): free but booking still required
Campsites
  • Adult (18+ years): $14 per night
  • Child (17 years and under): free but booking still required
Discounts

A 10% discount is available to members, staff and instructors of the following organisations, who also hold a valid 12 month Backcountry Hut Pass: NZ Mountain Safety Council; NZ Federated Mountain Clubs; NZ Deer Stalkers Association; NZ Land Search and Rescue (LandSAR); Scouts New Zealand; GirlGuiding NZ.

Discounts are not available online. To receive the discount we need to sight your membership card and Backcountry Hut Pass, so please visit a DOC visitor centre in person. If you get a discount you won't be charged a booking fee.

What to book

Before you start your Lake Waikaremoana walk, you need to book:

  • Huts and/or campsites on the track all year round.
  • Transport to/from the start/end of the track – the walk is one-way with the track ends approx. 30 km apart.

How to book


Bookings are open for trips from 1 July 2017 – 30 June 2018.

Follow this step-by-step process to guide you through booking your Lake Waikaremoana walk:

  1. Decide what direction you want to walk the track in – from Onepoto in the south or Hopuruahine in the north. Note:
    • Water taxi and shuttle services are available to both ends.
    • If you have your own vehicle, public parking is closest to Onepoto (at the Waikaremoana Motorcamp or DOC Visitor Centre).
    • The track goes up to Panekire Hut so this could be tackled at the start or left to the end of your walk.
    • If you're not booking in peak times, check the weather forecast and plan to be on the Panekire Range in the best weather - when it's clear, the views are impressive.

  2. For the direction you want to walk in, decide what huts or campsites you want to stay at. Consider:

  3. Decide the date you want to stay at each hut/campsite.

  4. Check availability of huts and campsites on the dates you want to stay. If there is no space in one of huts/campsites, consider:
    • Starting your walk on a different date.
    • Re-arranging your walk to use a different combination of huts/campsites.
    • Doing a guided walk with a DOC-approved commercial operator.

  5. Check the availability of transport services on your desired dates.

  6. Book huts/campsites online or contact a DOC visitor centre or a local i-SITE for personal assistance. Note:
    • Bookings are required for children and/or youth even though it's free for them to stay.
    • If you’re booking campsites, you’ll need to know the number of people in your group as well as the number of tent sites required.

  7. Book transport services to/from the start/end of the track with a transport operator. Find transport services for Lake Waikaremoana Great Walk

Terms and Conditions

Read the booking terms and conditions for general information, age ranges, prices, discounts, penalty rates and the alterations and cancellations policy. Bookings not meeting the terms and conditions will be treated as invalid and cancelled.

Booking on behalf of others

Guided groups

To operate a commercial activity in an area managed by the Department of Conservation, you will need to apply for a concession (an official permit), in addition to any bookings you would need to make. Read more about concessions 

Booking on behalf of others

To make multiple bookings for facilities/services on behalf of customers, you must obtain permission or an agent agreement from the Department of Conservation. To do this, email: agents@doc.govt.nz 



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