Lake Waikaremoana

New Zealand

Trace the shoreline of Lake Waikaremoana, the ‘sea of rippling waters’, through giant podocarp rainforest, remote beaches and rugged mountains with stunning views.

Waterfalls
Lookouts
Swimming
Bird Watching
1100m
Maximum Elevation

Getting there

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 Te Urewera Visitor Centre in Te Karetu (by the Waikaremoana Holiday Park).

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

Walkers can travel to either end of the walk via water taxi. Book early.

Maps

Which maps cover the area?

Route/Trail notes

Lake Waikaremoana can be walked either from Onepoto in the south or Hopuruahine in the north. It's not a circuit track and is described here from Onepoto.

For a 3 night / 4 day trip:

  • Day 1 - Onepoto to Panekire Hut
  • Day 2 - Panekire Hut to Waiopaoa Hut
  • Day 3 - Waiopaoa Hut to Marauiti Hut
  • Day 4 - Marauiti Hut to Hopuruahine

Parking can be very busy at the Lake during the summer season.  All parking is at the owners’ risk, please do not leave valuables in your cars.

Permits/Costs

Doc permits required & hut/tent costs

Other References

How can I find more info? Any guide books?

Comments

Nobody has commented on this walk yet. If you've done it then tick it off and add a comment.

Where

Click here to load this map.

Done this walk?

Nobody has ticked this walk yet...

Aussie Bushwalking can keep track of your bushwalks.

Login/signup to tick this walk off.

Tick walks to keep track of where you've been. You must Login to tick walks. Accounts are 100% free so sign up if you don't have one.