You must book huts and campsites for everyone who is intending to do the walk. This includes those children and young people under 17 years who do not have to pay fees. Find out how.


Fees are charged per person, per night to stay in huts and campsites on the Lake Waikaremoana Great Walk. There are no fees for entry into Te Urewera or to complete a day walk on the track.

Tūhoe wardens are stationed at major Great Walk huts during peak season.

Pay your fees by booking the huts and/or campsites before you start the track.

  • Adult (18+ years): $32 per night
  • Child (17 years and under): free but booking still required
  • Adult (18+ years): $14 per night
  • Child (17 years and under): free but booking still required

DOC/NZMCA campsite passes cannot be used at this campsite.


A 10% discount is available to members, staff and instructors of the following organisations, who also hold a valid 12 month Backcountry Hut Pass: NZ Mountain Safety Council; NZ Federated Mountain Clubs; NZ Deer Stalkers Association; NZ Land Search and Rescue (LandSAR); Scouts New Zealand; GirlGuiding NZ.

Discounts are not available online. To receive the discount we need to sight your membership card and Backcountry Hut Pass, so visit a DOC visitor centre in person. If you get a discount you won't be charged a booking fee.

What to book

Before you start your Lake Waikaremoana walk, you need to book:

  • Huts and/or campsites on the track all year round.
  • Transport to/from the start/end of the track – the walk is one-way with the ends of the track approximately 30 km apart.

How to book

Bookings are open for trips to 30 June 2021.

Follow this step-by-step process to guide you through booking your Lake Waikaremoana Great Walk:

  1. Decide what direction you want to walk the track in – from Onepoto in the south or Hopuruahine in the north. Note:
    • Water taxi and shuttle services are available to both ends, but book early. 
    • If you have your own vehicle, public parking is closest at Onepoto (at the Wakairemoana Holiday Park or Te Urewera Visitor Centre at Te Kura Whenua). See parking information.
    • The track goes up to Panekire Hut so this could be tackled at the start or left to the end of your walk.
    • If you're not booking in peak times, check the weather forecast and plan to be on the Panekire Range in the best weather - when it's clear, the views are impressive.
  2. For the direction you want to walk in, decide what huts or campsites you want to stay at. Consider:
  3. Decide the date you want to stay at each hut/campsite.
  4. Check availability of huts and campsites on the dates you want to stay. If there is no space in one of huts/campsites, consider:
    • Starting your walk on a different date.
    • Rearranging your walk to use a different combination of huts/campsites.
    • Doing a guided walk.
  5. Check the availability of transport on your desired dates.
  6. Book huts/campsites online or contact a DOC visitor centre for personal assistance. Note:
    • Bookings are required for children and/or youth even though it's free for them to stay.
    • If you’re booking campsites, you’ll need to know the number of people in your group as well as the number of tent sites required.
  7. Book transport to/from the start/end of the track

Terms and Conditions

Read the booking terms and conditions (scroll to the bottom to find the Terms and Conditions link) for general information, age ranges, prices, discounts, penalty rates and the alterations and cancellations policy. Bookings that don't meet the terms and conditions will be treated as invalid and cancelled.

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