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Lake Waikaremoana

Lake Waikaremona on the south eastern boundary of the majestic Te Urewera National Park.  It is 67km from Wairoa and 160km from Rotorua on State Highway 38.

Lake Waikaremoana is located in the Te Urewera National Park which is the third largest in New Zealand extending over some 225,000ha.  It is the largest untouched native forest in the North Island. Geologists believe that about 2200 years ago a colossal landslide, 8km wide long and 4km wide and composd of huge sandstone slabs, blocked the course of the Waikaretaheke River and so formed Lake Waikaremoana. The lake is large and deep containing about 9 cubic kilometres of water and having an area of 5500ha with the greatest depth being about 256m. The Lake is 610m above sea level so it provides considerable potential energy for power generation.  To read more about Lake Waikaremoana click here.

Useful Information:

Arriving in Wairoa:

If you are not travelling by car you can catch an Intercity bus to Wairoa. Intercity buses are arriving in Wairoa once a day from Gisborne (10.30 am arrival time)  and from Napier (3.30 pm arrival time).

For more information have a look on the Intercity website.


Travelling to Lake Waikaremoana from Wairoa and back:

You can either travel to Lake Waikaremoana in your own vehicle or take a shuttle (has to be pre-arranged). If you are taking your own vehicle please be aware that big parts of the road are unsealed and it is narrow and windy in places.  You don't need a 4WD for this road though.

If you want to take a shuttle to Lake Waikaremoana you can contact Big Bush Holiday Park or David Dods.

You can also call or e-mail us and we will arrange pick up for you.

The shuttle will cost around NZD 55 per person one way.


Doing the Great Walk:

You can either start the Great walk at Onepoto in the south or at Hopuruahine in the north. Either way you'll need a water taxi to get to Hopuruahine landing or be picked up from there. A water taxi can be organised with Big Bush Holiday Park or David Dods (please find their contact information above). The average time you should plan for the great walk is 4 days.

  • 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

For more information visit the DOC website or the DOC Aniwaniwa visitor information centre at lake Waikaremoana. 


Huts for the great walk can be booked online on the DOC website or by calling (+64 6 837 3803) or e-mailing the DOC Aniwaniwa visitor information centre.


Other Walks in Te Urewera – Lake Waikaremoana area:

There are many other walks that can be done around Lake Waikaremoana apart from the famous great walk. Those walks are of different difficulty and can take up from a few minutes to a whole day. For more information have a look on the DOC website. You can also download the Lake Waikaremoana walk brochure here.


Accommodation at Lake Waikaremoana:

There are a few options to stay at Lake Waikaremoana.

Waikaremoana Holiday Park which is located at Home Bay and the Rosie Bay Campsite are the closest you can get to Lake Waikaremoana, accommodation wise. 

The second closest you can get to the Lake, accommodation wise, are Big Bush Holiday Park and 'The Byre'.

In the small settlement of Tuai there are a few more options for you to stay at.:


Do you still have some more questions? Send us an e-mail or give us a call (+64 6 838 7440) and we will happily answer your questions and help you to plan your trip.

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