View from the Lake Waikaremoana Great Walk

Image: Tahu Taylor-Koolen | ©

Introduction

Lake Waikaremoana is a marvellous destination for walkers. Besides the famous Lake Waikaremoana Great Walk there are a multitude of short and day walks.

Highlights

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Place overview

Activities

  • Boating
  • Camping
  • Fishing
  • Walking and tramping

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About this place

Getting there

Lake 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 Aniwaniwa. The highway has a 2WD gravel surface for about 90 km between Murupara and Aniwaniwa (about a 2 hour drive). There are well marked side roads to the main boat ramps, campsites and walk entrances.

Privately owned shuttle buses and water taxis provide transport to either end of the Lake Waikaremoana Great Walk throughout the year. This allows walkers to leave their vehicle at the Waikaremoana Holiday Park where they are more secure than at the walk ends.

Know before you go

The lake is almost 600 m above sea level, with a cooler, wetter and more changeable climate than lower altitudes.

Contacts

Te Urewera Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 6 837 3803
Email:   teureweravc@doc.govt.nz
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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