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 DOC Visitor Centre at Aniwaniwa.

The highway is a gravel surface for about 90 km between Murupara and Aniwaniwa.

Privately owned shuttle buses and water taxis provide transport to either end of the walk. This allows walkers to leave their vehicle at one of the free carparks where they are more secure than at the track ends. DOC accepts no responsibility for damage to vehicles left unattended in Te Urewera.

Free carparks are available at:

  • Waikaremoana Motorcamp
  • DOC Visitor Centre
  • Big Bush Holiday Park
  • Byre B&B (4934 Lake Road, 5 mins before Onepoto).

We recommend booking transport services in advance, especially in the quieter season, as they operate on demand. 

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