The Lake Waikaremoana track (located in the south-west corner of the 212,673 hectare Te Urewera National Park) is a 46 kilometre 3 to 4 day tramping track which follows the shore of the lake for most of its length. It is one of a network of great walks managed by DOC throughout New Zealand.
Before you go you must book huts and campsites for everyone who is intending to do the walk. This includes those children and young people under 18 years who do not have to pay fees. Find out about fees and bookings.
The walk traverses a range of terrain with many types of vegetation from the montane beech forest of the Panekire Bluffs to dense rainforest. Podocarp mixed broadleaf forest is dominant in many areas. Bird life in the area is abundant.
A moderate tramp, with magnificent scenery and plenty of opportunity for swimming and fishing ensure the walk is well used throughout the year.
View the Lake Waikaremoana brochure (PDF, 3,004K).
Wasps on the track
Wasps are numerous and aggressive this season. If walking around Lake Waikaremoana, please be adequately prepared, especially if you or anyone in your party has a known allergy to wasp stings.
Move past areas with wasps quickly and quietly. So that we can destroy nests as they are discovered, please let us know the exact location of any wasps or wasp nests you see.