East Coast region

Aerial view of Lake Waikaremoana, Te Urewera National Park.

Aerial view of Lake Waikaremoana, Te Urewera National Park

Map of New Zealand highlighting the East Coast region.

Remote, rugged, immense, Te Urewera National Park (established in 1954) is famous for its lakes and forested beauty as well as its stormy history. In the southern part of the park lie two of the park's treasures, Lake Waikaremoana and the smaller Lake Waikareiti. Experience the lake shore up close by tramping the Lake Waikaremoana Great Walk.

As much of the park is remote and not easily accessible this has helped protect much of the park's native wildlife. Te Urewera is unique in that it contains a full complement of North Island native forest birds (except weka).


Te Urewera National Park lies between the Bay of Plenty and Hawke's Bay in the North Island of New Zealand.The nearest towns are Whakatane, Murupara and Wairoa.

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3. Be aware of the weather
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Te Urewera Visitor Centre
Phone:      +64 6 837 3803
Address:   House 2 Aniwaniwa
Corner of SH38 and Aniwaniwa Road
Te Urewera National Park 4195
Email:   teureweravc@doc.govt.nz
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