Make sure you are properly equipped and well prepared. The weather at Lake Waikaremoana is changeable and can be cold, wet and snowing, even in summer. Please check at the visitor centre for information on weather and track conditions and fill in your itinerary in hut books as you go.
Boil, filter or chemically treat water if you doubt its purity.
Keep to the track. If you become lost, stop, find shelter, stay calm, and try to assist searchers.
What to expect
- Climb and descend about 600 m over the Panekire Ridge
- Walk 4-6 hours a day
- Carry a pack of up to 15 kg
- Sleeping bag
- Portable cooking stove
- Cooking utensils
- Sufficient high energy food (with some extra for emergencies)
- Waterproof raincoat and overtrousers, and warm (wool or fleece) clothing. Boots are recommended for the lake track
- Map and compass
- All native wildlife in the park is protected.
- No rubbish facilities are provided. All rubbish must be carried out of the park.
- To protect ground-dwelling birds, no dogs or other domestic animals are permitted on the track.
- Fire is a major threat. Fires can be used for cooking or warmth, unless there is a temporary fire ban, however, a portable stove is a better option.
- If you are hunting - use firearms carefully. Always identify your target. Unload your firearm and remove the bolt before entering huts, and store ammunition and bolts separately from the firearm.
- Native plants and animals must not be disturbed, destroyed or removed. The bush is a taonga, a treasure for all.
- Hunting is by permit only.