East Coast region

Aerial view of Lake Waikaremoana, Te Urewera.

Aerial view of Lake Waikaremoana, Te Urewera

Map of New Zealand highlighting the East Coast region.

Note: Te Urewera is now managed by Te Urewera Board and is open for the public to enjoy. This is a result of the Te Urewera Act. Read more about the settlement.

Remote, rugged, immense, Te Urewera (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.

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


Te Urewera 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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Follow the Outdoor Safety Code:
1. Plan your trip
2. Tell someone
3. Be aware of the weather
4. Know your limits
5. Take sufficient supplies

Safety alerts for Te Urewera


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