Located in the East Coast region
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Te Urewera is the homeland of the Tūhoe people. It is the first natural feature to be recognised in New Zealand law as a legal entity in its own right, meaning it owns itself and exists for its own sake.
The Tūhoe tribal authority, Te Uru Taumatua, provides operational management of Te Urewera and the Lake Waikaremoana Great Walk.
Te Urewera lies between the Bay of Plenty and Hawke's Bay in the North Island. The nearest towns are Whakatane and Tāneatua to the north, Murupara and Ruatahuna to the west, and Wairoa to the east.
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 Te Urewera Visitor Centre in Te Karetu (by the Waikaremoana Holiday Park).
The highway is a gravel surface for about 90 km between Murupara and Onepoto.
Walkers can travel to either end of the walk via water taxi. Book early.
Parking space is available at:
To access the northern part of Te Urewera via the Waimana Valley, take the Bell Road turnoff from SH2. The road travels about 30 km up the valley to the Matahi Valley Road end. Caution is advised as most of this road is unsealed, narrow and windy.
All parking is at the owners' risk. Do not leave valuables in your cars.
Extreme weather changes are a feature of the area, including snow in summer. Te Urewera is a rainforest and so tracks can be muddy.
the Tūhoe people, Te Urewera is not just their homeland, but also the mother of their first ancestors. The Care for Nature (Manaakitana Te Urewera) principles help visitors experience Te Urewera in a way that accords with its needs, and helps us all to build our connection to nature.
That means embracing experiences in nature that are beautiful and child-friendly, and caring for our wildlife and environment.
|Te Urewera Visitor Centre|
|Phone:||+64 6 837 3803|
Te Kura Whenua
6249 Lake Road/SH38
Kaitawa DOC Mailshed
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