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Lake Waikaremoana Track



Quick Facts

Distance: 46 km
Time: 4 - 5 days
Grade: Moderate
Higest point: 1180 m
Island: North
Location: Urewera National Park
Map: Waikaremoana W18

By Garry

The lake track is the most popular of walks in Te Urewera National Park and is also one of the easiest, making it a ideal introduction to the park. This tramp winds its way around the forested shores of lake Waikaremoana and is one of the Department of Conservation's great walks.

Trampers have a choice of either staying in one DOC's huts or at one of the designated camp sites, all of which have shelters with water supplies, toilets and cooking benches. The track is usually completed in 4 days and can be started at either end.

The lake was create by a landslide in 2200 years ago, the landslide blocked a gorge on the Waikaretaheke River and water backed up creating the 248 m deap lake.

This track prodominately goes through beech, podocarp, kamahi forests, grasslands and kanuka forests. The National Park itself is home to some 650 types of native plants.

Birds that you might spot in the park include tui, bellbird, New Zealand falcon, kakariki, fantail, kaka, tomtit, North Island robin, rifleman, and at night the call of the morepork and North Island brown kiwi may be heard.

Times

· Onepoto to Panekiri Hut: 5 hr, 8.8 km
· Panekiri Hut to Waiopaoa Hut and campsite: 3-4 hr, 7.6 km
· Waiopaoa Hut to Maraunui Hut: 4 1/2hr, 12.2 km.
· Marauiti Hut to Waiharuru Hut and campsite: 2 hr, 6.2km
· Waiharuru Hut and campsite to Hopuruahine Bridge: 4 hr, 10.5km.

Transport

Waikaremoana can be approached from two directions. State Highway 38 links Wairoa and the East Coast with the central North Island and passes the lake and the Aniwaniwa Visitor Centre. There is a bus service between Rotorua and Lake Waikaremoana also a shuttle bus and shuttle boat service to either end of the track operates from the Motor Camp at Home Bay on demand in winter and to a timetable in summer.

Other Lake Waikaremoana Track Sites
http://homepages.ihug.co.nz/%7Edbliss/waikaremoana_track.htm
· www.members.tripod.com/~tramp_nz/waikeremoana/Gallery1.htm
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