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Easy | 2 hours return


The Lake Waikareiti Walk begins 200 metres from the Visitor Information Centre at Aniwaniwa on the road to Rotorua.


The Waikareiti Track is well-graded and rises 300 metres to a day shelter at Lake Waikareiti through stunning forest, which is predominantly red and silver beech with mighty rimu trees emerging above the canopy. Lake Waikareiti is 900 metres above sea level, and has amazing water clarity - it was formed by a massive landslide about 1800 years ago. Rare mistletoes are popular on its islands.

The one-way track has a length of about 3.5kms and should take you about 1 hour to get to the Waikareiti Shelter. Make sure you are properly equipped and well prepared.


Hire a row boat from Te Kura Whenua - Visitor Centre and row around the many islands or find a quiet bay to go for a swim in the crystal clear water. Don’t forget to take insect repellent.

Where to find the iSITE

Physical Address: 9 Paul Street, Wairoa 4108
Postal Address: PO Box 54, Wairoa 4160, Hawke’s Bay
Opening Hours:
Weekdays 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Weekends and public holidays 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
CLOSED Christmas Day

Contact us

0800 HAWKES BAY (429537 229)
and press 3 for Wairoa

+64 6 838 7440
+64 6 838 3901

9 Paul Street, Wairoa 4108
PO Box 54, Wairoa 4160, Hawke’s Bay
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