East Coast region

Walkers on the shores of Lake Waikaremoana

Walkers on the shores of Lake Waikaremoana

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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.

The Lake Waikaremoana track is 46 km and takes 3 - 4 days to walk. It is well formed and well marked, although in many places more rugged than other Great Walks, and all rivers and major streams are bridged. It is suitable for trampers of moderate fitness and limited experience.

Located in the Te Urewera National Park in the east of the North Island, the nearest towns are Wairoa, Gisborne and Rotorua.

View the Lake Waikaremoana brochure (PDF, 2,542K).

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Alert/Important notice


Wasps are numerous and aggressive this season. If walking around Lake Waikaremoana, please be adequately prepared, especially if you or anyone in your party has a known allergy to wasp stings.

Move past areas with wasps quickly and quietly. So that we can destroy nests as they are discovered,  let us know the exact location of any wasps or wasp nests you see.

Great Walk/Easier tramping track Great Walk/Easier tramping track


3 - 4 days


46 km

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