Location of Lake Waikaremoana Great Walk
Waikaremoana can be approached from two directions. SH38 links Wairoa and the East Coast with the central North Island, and passes the lake and the DOC Visitor Centre at Aniwaniwa.
The highway is a gravel surface for about 90 km between Murupara and Aniwaniwa.
Privately owned shuttle buses and water taxis provide transport to either end of the walk. This allows walkers to leave their vehicle at one of the free carparks at the Waikaremoana Motorcamp, the DOC Visitor Centre, or Big Bush Holiday Park, where they are more secure than at the track ends. The Department of Conservation accepts no responsibility for damage to vehicles left unattended in Te Urewera.
We recommend booking transport services in advance, especially in the quieter season, as they operate on demand.
Big Bush Holiday Park provide road transport and water taxi services.