View from the Lake Waikaremoana Great Walk
Image: Tahu Taylor-Koolen | ©
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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:
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.
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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