This well-graded track rises 300 m in altitude to the day shelter at Lake Waikareiti. The forest is predominantly red and silver beech with mighty rimu trees emerging above the canopy.
Beyond the day shelter a tramping track runs to Sandy Bay Hut at the northern end of the lake (a further 3 hours from the day shelter). The hut (bookings required) lies idyllically on the shores of a shallow bay which features brilliant white sand.
The Ruapani Circuit Track can be accessed from this track about half an hour beyond the Waikareiti day shelter.
Lake Waikareiti from the public shelter
The Lake Waikareiti Walk begins 200 m from the visitor centre on the road to Rotorua.
Be prepared, with warm clothes, food and a raincoat.
Boats provide for another experience to explore Lake Waikareiti, not easily visible on the surrounding walking track.
Tūhoe offers a water taxi service to and from each end of the Great Walk, and to individual huts and campsites around the lake, out of Te Urewera Visitor Centre (Te Kura Whenua).
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