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Lake Waikaremoana, the "sea of rippling water", was created some 2200 years ago when the Waikaretaheke river gorge was blocked by a rock slip resulting from a strong earthquake.
The original Tuhoe Maori routes around the lake were upgraded with swing bridges, stairs and walkways in 1962 by volunteer school boys as hydroelectric infrastructure development drew increasing tourism to the area. The trail was later classified as a “Great Walk” and is 1 of only 9 in New Zealand.
The Te Urewera National Park trail is 46km long from start to end with an elevation change of 600m over the Panekire range. The trail circuit can be completed by water taxi, shuttle, or for some by walking on the small gravel road know as Lake Road, or SH38.
A visitor/info shelter and parking lot mark the start of the trail, with the water taxi drop off being close by at Onepoto beach. Also nearby are Onepoto caves and the historic redoubt. Trail highlights include: Panekire trig, bald knob, goblin forest, Waiapoa beach, Korokoro falls and the flora and fauna.
Trail steepness and distance from the walk start to accommodation huts are as follows: Panekire hut is the steepest up at 8.8km, Waiopoa hut is steepest down at 7.6km, Marauiti hut 12.1km, Waiharuru hut 6.2km, Whanganui hut 5.4km. Campsites are at Waiapoa, Korokoro, Maraunui, Waiharuru and Tapuaenui. Toilets and rain water tanks at all facilities. Book the Lake Waikaremoana Great walk huts early as they are in high demand over the summer.
Time on the trail varies with pace, with an average trip being 3 days from start to end. Plan for at least 2.5 days to walk a complete circuit from Tuai Village and back via Lake road (SH38). The trail is known for taking its toll on knees and feet and most walkers will enjoy some recovery time after their great walk. An extra day or two taking in Waikaremoana’s local scenery and tranquility is recommended.
Book this leg of your walking holiday today with us from $120/night.