Located in Lake Waikaremoana area and Te Urewera in the East Coast region
IntroductionWalk along the Ngamoko Track as it steadily climbs to the Ngamoko Range summit. You will be rewarded for your hard work by the views at the summit.
Te Urewera is recognised in New Zealand law as a living person. Te Urewera is spoken for and governed by a board. Care for Te Urewera, including the tracks and facilities, is carried out by Te Uru Taumatua – Ngāi Tūhoe’s operational entity.
Time: 2 hr 30 min to Ngamoko summit
The Ngamoko Track climbs to the Ngamoko Range summit, steeply at times, through dense forest. At lower altitudes the variety of forest trees is superb: light green tawa, red and silver beech trees, tall rimu with draping golden green leaves, and the mighty northern rata.
Higher up, above a row of sandstone bluffs, cooler temperatures and strong winds means the forest is dominated by the hardy silver beech. At the summit itself (1099 metres) gaps in the vegetation give glorious views of the length of Lake Waikaremoana in one direction, and green farmland ridges stretching away towards Gisborne and Wairoa in the other.
A short detour at the beginning of the Ngamoko Track takes you to one of the biggest rata trees in the country. It is around 1,000 years since it began life as a germinating seed high in the forks of a tree that itself was probably 400-500 years old.
Return via the same track or continue to Lake Kaitawa.
Lake Kaitawa via Ngamoko Track
Time: 5 hr from Ngamoko summit.
This is an extension of the tramp above extending your tramp to a full 8 hour day. It's a one way tramp - you'll need to arrange your own transport from Kaitawa at the end of the tramp.
Near Ngamoko summit a turn off to the right indicates the start of a long ridge which descends gradually through forest to Lake Kaitawa. There are good views in places.
The track access point is located 2.4 km along the road from the Visitor Centre heading towards Wairoa. A sign indicates Whaitiri Point and opposite it is the starting point for the track.
Stay safe in the outdoors
- Take the right gear for your trip: Walking and tramping gear lists.
- Tell a trusted person your plans and when to raise the alarm if you haven’t returned. Send them the information directly, or use the Outdoor Intentions form or Plan My Walk.
- Follow the five essential steps of the Land Safety Code.
|Te Urewera Centre|
|Phone:||06 837 3900|
Te Kura Whenua
6249 Lake Road/SH38
Kaitawa DOC Mailshed
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