Trace the shoreline of Lake Waikaremoana, the 'sea of rippling waters.' Pass giant podocarp trees and remote beaches, and enjoy breathtaking views from Panekire Bluff.
The Lake Waikaremoana track is 46 km and takes 3 - 4 days to walk. It is well formed and well marked, although in many places more rugged than other Great Walks, and all rivers and major streams are bridged. It is suitable for trampers of moderate fitness and limited experience.
Located in Te Urewera in the east of the North Island, the nearest towns are Wairoa, Gisborne and Rotorua.
View the Lake Waikaremoana brochure (PDF, 2,490K).
Great Walks season: All year
Rock fall risk / Panekire Hut / Wasps
Rock fall risk
Hereheretaua Bridge around 20 minutes from the Hopuruahine Road end has a risk of rockfall. Do not remain on the bridge longer than necessary. Issued: 26 September 2014
The fireplace at Panekire Hut is unusable until further notice due to damage to the firebox. Issued: 26 September 2014
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, let us know the exact location of any wasps or wasp nests you see.