Lake Waikaremoana and Te Urewera National Park

NZ's largest National Park

Lake Waikaremoana. Photo: Heike Quosdorf

Lake Waikaremoana - with its National Park Visitor Centre at Aniwaniwa and accommodation and boat launching facilities at Home Bay - is the focal point of a variety of outdoor recreational activities; boating, sailing, lake kayaking, hiking, hunting and trout fishing being the highlights.

A network of long and short walking tracks provides access to scenic corners of this wilderness park and includes the internationally recognised three to four-day hiking trail around the perimeter of Lake Waikaremoana. This popular adventure is one of the Great Walks of New Zealand.

Here, getting away from it all is not a cliche, but a reality. There are uncounted scenic and historic locations where native bush, rippling rivers and lakes, quiet fishing spots and numerous waterfalls are waiting for you to find and enjoy.

The Lake Waikaremoana Track is a hidden secret, and a great introduction to the Te Urewera National Park, New Zealand’s largest National Park. The lake was formed 2200 years ago by a huge landslide, and the mudstone, siltstone and sandstone are thought to be 10-15 million years old.

The 46km lake track will take three to four days tramping (of moderate difficulty), with breathtaking scenery that will knock your tramping boots right off your feet! The track wanders through valleys of beech, podocarp and kamahi forests, past the Korokoro waterfall, over private land - some held sacred by the Tuhoe and Ruapani people - and onto grassy flats.

Some 650 types of native plants can be found around the lake including the rare ngutukaka. In designated areas the Department of Conservation and Lake Waikaremoana Hapu are managing the recovery of the kiwi, and visitors can hear the kiwi call at night.

Where to stay

East Cape

Lake Waikaremoana. Photo: Heike_Quosdorf

 

What to do

  • Go boating on the lake
  • Hike the Lake Waikaremoana Track
  • Find a quiet fishing spot
  • Cool down in a waterfall
  • Listen for the call of the kiwi

More info

Lake Waikaremoana Great Walk

 

Getting there

  • From Napier by road: 100km
  • From Gisborne by road: 168km