Lake Waikaremoana

Alert/Important notice

 Lagarosiphon infestation sites closed to boat users

Lagarosiphon weed has been found at Te Raoa Bay, and in two places on the eastern side of the Puketukutuku Peninsula. Work is shortly starting on eradicating the infestations. Do not enter these restricted areas and observe signs at the Lake Waikaremoana boat ramps.

Information and map of closed areas on Lake Waikaremoana due to lagarosiphon infestation


The Lake Waikaremoana area of Te Urewera is a marvellous destination for walkers. Besides the famous Lake Waikaremoana Great Walk there are a multitude of interesting short and day walks.


The many walks in the area feature clean sparkling lakes, dramatic rock-bluffs, magnificent forest and profuse birdlife. You may even spot a short-tailed bat on one of your walks. The Onepoto Track features a number of caves and the Hinerau walk takes you past the Aniwaniwa waterfalls.


Lake Waikaremoana is located in Te Urewera on the East Coast of the North Island of New Zealand.

Tracks and walks


Tramper on Panekiri Bluffs overlooking Lake Waikaremoana. Photo copyright: Willy Pearce/
Tramper on Panekiri Bluffs overlooking
Lake Waikaremoana

The lake is almost 600 m above sea level, with a cooler, wetter and more changeable climate than lower altitudes.

Plan and prepare

If walking in the area warm clothes, raincoat, food and drink should be carried on all but the shortest walks. Add hat and gloves if climbing to higher altitudes. Tramping boots are recommended for long walks and after rain, but are not needed for short walks in dry conditions. Drinking water should be boiled or treated.

Times given for walks are roughly average, and grades given are estimates – do not take either too literally.

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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

Alerts for East Coast places


Te Urewera Visitor Centre
Phone:      +64 6 837 3803
Address:   House 2 Aniwaniwa
Corner of SH38 and Aniwaniwa Road
Te Urewera 4195
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Murupara Office
Phone:      +64 7 366 1080
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