Come and explore the prehistoric rainforest and marvel at the giant podocarps (some of New Zealand’s tallest and most stunning trees) as you trace the shoreline of Lake Waikaremoana, the “sea of rippling waters”.
Taking 3 to 4 days, this 46 km Great Walk follows the lake shore, takes you through immaculate native rainforest, visits beautiful remote beaches and touches your imagination with its fascinating cultural history.
Offering a fantastic refuge and access to some of New Zealand’s most iconic birds including kiwi, kererū and kākā, the native forest experienced on this Great Walk is truly outstanding.
Steeped in a rich spiritual and cultural history, Te Urewera National Park is the home of Ngāi Tūhoe, and a visit to Lake Waikaremoana will offer a glimpse of how New Zealand used to be.
Hut and campsite bookings are essential all year round.
Lake Waikaremoana is situated in the heart of Te Urewera National Park, on the eastern side of the North Island. It can be accessed from the north or the south along the Te Urewera Rainforest Route (SH38). This scenic route offers a challenging drive that winds its way over expansive ridges, through lush native rainforest, and passes small rural settlements. It has long sections of gravel road that offer an excellent introduction to the remote nature of the region.
The Great Walk can be accessed via road from either Onepoto or Hopuruahine. Both the trailheads can also be accessed by water taxi from the Waikaremoana Motor Camp, Aniwaniwa, which has secure car parking. DOC also has a visitor centre close by.
Book a Great Walk package through Air New Zealand