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   Lake Waikaremoana Track
     Walking

   Dif culties
   Medium , Hard

   48.5 km

   Journey Time
   3 - 4 days

   Hawkes Bay


   Part of the Collection
   Department of Conservation Great Walks

   Track maintained by
   Department of Conservation                                      1/8
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   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.

        Incredible views from Panekire Bluff
        The spectacular Korokoro Falls drop off a sheer cliff amidst rain forest
        Marvel at giant native trees and stumble upon beautiful remote beaches
        Soak up the rich spiritual history of the Te Urewera

   Walking options
   Lake Waikaremoana can be walked either from Onepoto in the south or Hopuruahine in the
   north. It's not a circuit track and is described here from Onepoto.

   For a 3 night / 4 day trip:

   Day 1 - Onepoto to Panekire Hut
   Day 2 - Panekire Hut to Waiopaoa Hut
   Day 3 - Waiopaoa Hut to Marauiti Hut
   Day 4 - Marauiti Hut to Hopuruahine
   Guided options are available.

   Places to stay
   There are ve huts and ve campsites on Lake Waikaremoana. These must be booked in

   Camping on the track is only permitted at the designated campsites.

   Natural history
   Waikaremoana was formed only 2,200 years ago by a huge landslide, which blocked a narrow
   gorge along the Waikaretaheke River.

   Water backed up behind this landslide to form a lake up to 248 metres deep. The lake edge has
   since been modi ed by a hydro electric development which lowered the level by 5 metres in

   The area is formed from young mudstone, siltstone and sandstone, mostly about 10-15 million
   years old. These sediments were originally part of the sea oor, but about two million years ago
   uplift brought them above sea level.                                     2/8
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   The mountains and hills of the area have been shaped by continuous erosion. Major valleys like
   the Aniwaniwa Valley have been carved more deeply from softer mudstones, while the more
   solid sandstones have tended to form ridges like Panekire.

   The vegetation of the Waikaremoana area forms a protective green cloak, mantling countless
   ridges and valleys. There are more than 650 types of native plant in Te Urewera, some nationally
   rare. The vegetation pattern is ever changing - disturbances by volcanic activity, re and storm
   damage, possum and deer have modi ed the forest in many areas. The lowering of the lake for
   power generation has encouraged forest regeneration along the shore.

   Many birds live in the forest. Among the more notable are kereru (wood pigeon), kaka (forest
   parrot), kakariki (parakeet), North Island robin, New Zealand falcon and ri eman, and at night,
   morepork (forest owl) and North Island brown kiwi.

   Grey, mallard and paradise ducks are common on the lake edge, and New Zealand scaup,
   king shers and white faced herons are found in sheltered areas.

   Both of New Zealand’s rare native bat species, the long-tailed and short-tailed, are present in
   the park.

   Deer, pigs and possums are found throughout Te Urewera. They have a major impact on the
   ecology of the forest and its bird life. DOC encourages hunting of these animals and permits are
   available free from any DOC of ce in the East Coast Hawke’s Bay.

   Kiwi recovery work
   Prior to human arrival there may have been as many as 12 million kiwi in New Zealand. The
   introduction of predators - e.g. mustelids (stoats, ferrets, weasels), dogs, cats, pigs and possums
   - has decimated them to a tiny proportion of the original number.

   Work begun in 1991 by Landcare Research NZ into kiwi decline in the area identi ed that
   predation of kiwi chicks by stoats was the main cause. With assistance from the Bank of New
   Zealand Kiwi Recovery Programme, DOC and the Lake Waikaremoana Hapu Restoration Trust (a
   local Maori hapu trust) formed a partnership to halt the decline of kiwi at Waikaremoana.

   The focus has been on predator control on the Puketukutuku Peninsula. Traps have been laid to
   kill stoats, the main threat to kiwi chicks. Kiwi numbers and movement are also monitored.
   Possum and rat trapping complements the programme.

   Kiwi numbers are increasing in the area and visitors may hear their calls at night. Only
   continued intensive predator control will ensure a kiwi population recovery.                                     3/8
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   History and culture
   The remote nature of Te Urewera has for centuries cloaked and sheltered the Tuhoe, the local
   Maori people. Tuhoe spiritual and cultural traditions are closely linked with the forested hills of
   the park.

   In pre-European times, life was determined by the practical demands of an annual cycle of food
   gathering. Te Urewera nurtured an industrious and resilient people with links to the land. No
   part of the forest was left unexplored.

   The Waikaremoana catchment is dotted with areas of private land, some held sacred by the
   Tuhoe people. Where the walk crosses private land, you are welcome to pass through, but please
   stay on the marked track.

   Hine-pukohu-rangi came from the sky luring Te Maunga, the mountain, to earth with her. Their
   child was a mortal being, Tuhoepotiki; his descendants are the Tuhoe people. Tuhoe are thus
   children of the supernatural, born of the remote mountain and the drifting mist.

   The symbol you see on signs, shelters and other facilities along the lake track is an
   interpretation of Hine-pukohu-rangi.

   For more information about Lake Waikaremoana, contact:

   Whakatane Of ce
   +64 7 307 2770
   1/100 Valley Road

   Full of ce details
   Murupara Of ce
   +64 7 366 1080
   Main Road, RD1
   Murupara 3079                                     4/8
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   Full of ce details
   Wairoa Information Centre
   Phone: +64 6 838 7440
   Address: Cnr SH2 & Queet Street, Wairoa
   Postal address: PO Box 54, Wairoa 4108

   Tourism Eastland
   Phone: +64 6 868 6139
   Fax: +64 6 868 6138
   Address: 209 Grey Street, Gisborne
   Postal address: PO Box 170, Gisborne

   Tourism Rotorua i-site and information centre
   Phone: +64 7 348 5179
   Fax: +64 7 348 4133
   Address: 1167 Fenton St, Rotorua
   Email:                                     5/8
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     Make sure you are properly equipped and well prepared. The weather at Lake
     Waikaremoana is changeable and can be cold, wet and snowing, even in summer. Please
     check at the visitor centre for information on weather and track conditions and ll in your
     itinerary in hut books as you go.

     Boil, lter or chemically treat water if you doubt its purity.

     Keep to the track. If you become lost, stop, nd shelter, stay calm, and try to assist searchers.

     What to expect
          Climb and descend about 600 m over the Panekire Ridge
            Walk 4-6 hours a day
            Carry a pack of up to 15 kg

         All native wildlife in the park is protected.
            No rubbish facilities are provided. All rubbish must be carried out of the park.
            To protect ground-dwelling birds, no dogs or other domestic animals are permitted on
            the track.
            Fire is a major threat. Fires can be used for cooking or warmth, unless there is a
            temporary re ban, however, a portable stove is a better option.
            If you are hunting - use rearms carefully. Always identify your target. Unload your
              rearm and remove the bolt before entering huts, and store ammunition and bolts
            separately from the rearm.
            Native plants and animals must not be disturbed, destroyed or removed. The bush is a
            taonga, a treasure for all.
            Hunting is by permit only.                                     6/8
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   How to get here
   Waikaremoana can be approached from two directions. SH38 links Wairoa and the East Coast
   with the central North Island, and passes the lake and the DOC Visitor Centre at Aniwaniwa.

   The highway is a gravel surface for about 90 km between Murupara and Aniwaniwa.

   Privately owned shuttle buses and water taxis provide transport to either end of the walk. This
   allows walkers to leave their vehicle at one of the free carparks where they are more secure
   than at the track ends. DOC accepts no responsibility for damage to vehicles left unattended in
   Te Urewera.

   Free carparks are available at:

        Waikaremoana Motorcamp
        DOC Visitor Centre
        Big Bush Holiday Park
        Byre B&B (4934 Lake Road, 5 mins before Onepoto).

   We recommend booking transport services in advance, especially in the quieter season, as they
   operate on demand.

   Transport services

   Big Bush Holiday Park (external site)              road transport and water taxi services.                                     7/8
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   Track Elevation and Map

   Page last updated: Jan 5, 2021, 3:35 PM                                     8/8
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