The Lake Waikareiti Walk will take you two hours to complete a return trip. Along the way you may hear the screech of the kaka and the chatty ki-ki-ki of the yellow-crowned parakeet (kakariki).


Alerts and important information

Check for alerts on the Ngāi Tūhoe website.

Track overview

3.3 km return via same track

Walking and tramping

2 hr Easy: Walking track

Dog access

No dogs

About this track


This well-graded track rises 300 m in altitude to the day shelter at Lake Waikareiti. The forest is predominantly red and silver beech with mighty rimu trees emerging above the canopy.

Beyond the day shelter a tramping track runs to Sandy Bay Hut at the northern end of the lake (a further 3 hours from the day shelter). The hut (bookings required) lies idyllically on the shores of a shallow bay which features brilliant white sand.

The Ruapani Circuit Track can be accessed from this track about half an hour beyond the Waikareiti day shelter.

Lake Waikareiti from the public shelter.
Lake Waikareiti from the public shelter

Getting there

The Lake Waikareiti Walk begins 200 m from the visitor centre on the road to Rotorua.

Know before you go

Be prepared, with warm clothes, food and a raincoat.

Boat hire

Row boats provide for another experience to explore Lake Waikareiti, not easily visible on the surrounding walking track. 

They can be hired for a small free from the visitor centre, Monday to Friday 8 am – 5 pm.


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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