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Lake Waikaremoana

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Address: Te Urewera National Park, State Hwy 38 RD 5 | Aniwaniwa, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 6-837 3779

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Good introduction to tramping!

Beautiful scenery, well signposted, well-maintained facilities. The first part up to Panekire Hut is strenuous - and it was a hot day when we did it - so bring a hat and top up... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
Bruce, Australia
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Bruce, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Beautiful scenery, well signposted, well-maintained facilities. The first part up to Panekire Hut is strenuous - and it was a hot day when we did it - so bring a hat and top up your water. Stunning views over the lake are your reward. The next day is mostly downhill - lots of steps! Don't do what I did and... More 

1 Thank LynetteAngela
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

46km - one of the 9 Great Walks in NZ. Stunning, mystical scenery. Medium to hard walk so good level of fitness. Completed over 4 days and 3 nights. Huts are basic but comfortable. Take your own cooking facilities. Well worth the journey....

1 Thank Karen M
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We visited over new years to do the Great Walk after having done the routeburn. Very busy I do not recommend in peak times as most of the huts have very limited space for people and luggage. Track itself in good nick though and wonderful views. I felt it was less great walk more back country with a higher price... More 

Thank Kathryn C
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

Hmmmm. Very interesting. While we had a good walk, the weather was really horrible - wet, cold, foggy. So not only was everything we owned completely sodden after the first day, there were absolutely no views AT ALL to compensate! Waking through the forest in day 1 to panekire is quite special - a really spooky forest. But the rain... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

This was an amazing trip. It was fabulous beyond words. I wish i could describe it a beautifully as it is. But then i would be a famous ghost writer!! It is way out of the way, but worth the trip. We travelled with our daughter so did a guided tour. It was worth every penny. It rained for 2... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2016

Beautiful place and reasonably easy walk, very relaxing and soothing. Did it for about 3 or 4 days last year, and if have time will go back again. Definitely worth a visit. Watch out though, although good to have a swim in the lake but the water can be very cold. And one of the best look out there is... More 

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Wairoa, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2016

The Whatapu Bay Track (5 minutes to the lake) provides ideal access to lake Waikaremoana. A short, easy walk down an incline takes you to a pristine, secluded lakeside beach, with golden sand and crystal-clear waters. It's the perfect place for a picnic at any time of year, and ideal for a refreshing swim in warmer months. Note that there... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 June 2016 via mobile

One of the most beautiful places in the world that is tucked away in the country of New Zealand. It's lush green forests down to the lakes edge and a fantastic walking trail that suits medium to high fitness levels. It's got cabins and Huts a kitchen in the camping ground with a shop that sells the basics for your... More 

Thank Jan D
Hawke's Bay Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 April 2016

Stunning scenery, manageable for most levels of fitness. 4 days out of phone reception, walking through forest & along lake edge, interspersed with daily swims - bliss! Don't forget DEET for the sandflies. Rats & possums often near huts so food needs to be wrapped and out of reach.

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Greater Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 March 2016

Lake Waikaremoana is absolutely stunning. Our first day up the Bluff from the Onepoto shelter to Panekiri hut saw us ascend the side of bluff covered in beautiful magical forest. When we arrived at the hut we were literally in the clouds! There is a great view of the lake from here. The next day we journeyed down the bluff... More 

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