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Lake Waikaremoana is located in the Te Urewera. 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.

Te Urewera is renowned for its breath-taking beauty as well as its stormy history. The sparsely populated hill country is the historical home of Tūhoe, an iwi (Māori tribe) known for their stance on Māori sovereignty. Ownership of Te Urewera is contested, with Tūhoe claiming historical ownership.

Te Urewera, the former National Park, is now a unique legal entity between the Tūhoe tribe and the Crown. It extends over 2,127 km² and is almost 600 m above sea level. The winding scenic Te Urewera Rainforest Route (SH38) from Wairoa traverses the tribal territories of seven iwi as well as lush native rainforest.

Along the gateway to Te Urewera, there is a huge selection of walks and tracks, from short strolls to viewing waterfalls, beaches and one of the biggest rata trees in the country to cave exploring tracks, climbs to lookouts and multi-day hiking adventures.

This is home to the Lake Waikaremoana Great Walk, one of the great nine walks of New Zealand.

The stunning vistas at Lake Waikaremoana are out of this world and need to be seen to be believed. Don’t forget your camera!


At Lake Waikaremoana and within Te Urewera are some of Hawke’s Bay’s best trout fishing. Fishing rods can be hired at the Lake Waikaremoana Holiday Park. You need to purchase a fishing licence if you wish to fish in this area. Fishing licences can be purchased at the Wairoa i-Site.

If you want to find out where the best fishing spots are, book a tour and hear lots about the history of the area while you are fishing with an experienced local fishermen. For more information ask at the Waikaremoana Holiday Park.

Hunting is another very popular activity at Lake Waikaremoana. For a hunting permit visit the Ngāti Tūhoe website.


You can either travel to Lake Waikaremoana in your own vehicle or take a shuttle (has to be pre-arranged) from Wairoa. 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 are traveling to Lake Waikaremoana from Rotorua via SH38 please consider that the road is very windy and narrow in places. If you are traveling in a Motorhome it might be a better option to travel via a different route.

If you want to take a shuttle to Lake Waikaremoana please contact the Wairoa i-SITE per email or call on +64 6 838 7440.


Organising a Water Taxi

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 Te Kura Whenua Visitor Experience Centre. Shuttles run twice daily.

Te Kura Whenua Visitor Experience Centre

+64 6 837 3900

+64 6 837 3803

Departure Time Departure From Destination Cost
9am & 1pm daily Waikaremoana Holiday Park Onepoto/Waiopaoa,
One Way:
$50 Adult (13+)
$25 Child
$120 Family (2 adults & up to 3 children)
10am & 2pm daily Waiopaoa/Waiharuru Waiharuru/Waiopaoa One Way:
$50 Adult (13+)
$25 Child
$120 Family (2 adults & up to 3 children)

Doing the Great Walk

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 Te Kura Whenua visitor centre at lake Waikaremoana.

Huts for the great walk can be booked online on the DOC website.

Accommodation at Lake Waikaremoana:

There are a few options to stay at Lake Waikaremoana. Please have a look here for accommodation at Waikaremoana.


Lake Waikaremona is 67kms north of Wairoa and 160km from Rotorua on State Highway 38.

Lake Waikaremoana

Where to find us

Physical Address: Cnr SH2 & Queen Street, Wairoa 4108
Postal Address: PO Box 54, Wairoa 4160, Hawke’s Bay
Opening Hours:
Weekdays 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Weekends and public holidays 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
CLOSED Christmas Day

Contact us

0800 WAIROA (924762)
+64 6 838 7440
+64 6 838 3901

Cnr SH2 & Queen Street, Wairoa 4108
PO Box 54, Wairoa 4160, Hawke’s Bay
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