Find directions to access Lake Waikaremoana.

Map with the location of the Lake Waikaremoana Great Walk.
Location of Lake Waikaremoana Great Walk

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 can be very busy at the Lake during the summer season.  All parking is at the owners’ risk – do not leave valuables in your cars.

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 GW Trail-end car park, note that this car park is 2 km off the main road).
  • Āniwaniwa, near the old Visitor Centre site (from this car park you can follow the Black Beech track to the Te Urewera Visitor Centre, approximately 20 mins walk).

There is free day-time parking available at Te Urewera Visitor Centre, however no multi-day parking is available to make space for other manuhiri.

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