View from the Lake Waikaremoana Great Walk

Image: Tahu Taylor-Koolen | ©


Lake Waikaremoana is a marvellous destination for walkers. Besides the famous Lake Waikaremoana Great Walk there are many short and day walks to the caves, springs, waterfalls and rainforest of the Tūhoe homeland.


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Place overview


  • Boating
  • Camping
  • Fishing
  • Walking and tramping

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About this place

Getting there

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:

  • Waikaremoana Holiday Park
  • Near the lake side – up to 10 days free parking
  • Onepoto at the Great Walk trail-end car park, and near the boat ramp
  • Hopuruahine Landing at the Great Walk trail-end car park, 2 km off the main road
  • Āniwaniwa near the old visitor centre site – from here you can follow the Black Beech track to the Te Urewera Visitor Centre, approximately 20 mins walk.

Know before you go

Lake Waikaremoana is 600 m above sea level. The climate is cooler than sea level and weather can change swiftly, including snow in summer. Te Urewera is a rainforest and tracks can get muddy.  

Care for Nature principles

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.

  • Camp only in huts and approved campgrounds, which are alcohol-free.
  • There are no rubbish facilities provided. You must remove all rubbish from huts and camps.
  • Avoid single use plastic and don’t litter.


Te Urewera Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 6 837 3803
Address:   Te Kura Whenua
6249 Lake Road/SH38
Waikaremoana 4195
Te Urewera
Postal Address:   Kaitawa DOC Mailshed
Kaitawa Village
RD 5
Wairoa 4195
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