Panekire Bluff to the East

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Introduction

Climb up to Panekire Bluffs for magnificant views of Lake Waikaremoana and the surrounding mountains.

Highlights

Alerts and important information

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Track overview

Dog access

No dogs

About this track

Description

This section of the Lake Waikaremoana Great Walk provides options for a half day, full day or overnight walk.

The track rises steadily up Panekire Bluff to the first trig (1 hour one way) with magnificent views of the lake and mountains.

It continues less steeply along the ridge with various excellent viewpoints along the way, the grandest being Bald Knob at 1155 metres (3 hours one way). Bald Knob is a few minutes off the main track and isn't signposted, but is the obvious open area that has been burnt in the past.

Two hours further on is Panekire Hut.

Getting there

The Onepoto Road, 10.3 km south-east of the visitor centre, leads to the start of the Lake Waikaremoana Great Walk and the access point to walk to the Panekire Bluffs.

Nature and conservation

The forest on the mid-slopes of the Panekire Range is dominated by red beech and the forest floor is often a dry carpet of leaf litter. At higher altitude it merges into silver beech forest, rainfall and moist cloudy weather are more frequent and the trees and forest floor are clothed in many mosses and ferns. The ridge top forest of irregular trees takes on a mysterious “goblin-like” appearance in misty weather.

Know before you go

Be sure to carry sufficient water on this trip as there is none available.

Take care when walking near the edge of the cliff.

Contacts

Te Urewera Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 6 837 3803
Email:   teureweravc@doc.govt.nz
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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