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Lake Waikaremoana Guided Walk     ( (j F, Y) )

"We loved the trip. I think we
"We loved the trip. I think we'll be talking about it for a long time to come!"
"Amazing tramp! Definitely one of New Zealand
"Amazing tramp! Definitely one of New Zealand's Great Walks."
"Well worth the extra expense to go guided."
"Well worth the extra expense to go guided."
"I knew nothing about the area, but it turned out to be a gem!"
"I knew nothing about the area, but it turned out to be a gem!"
"It was a brilliant first experience, doing a hut-to-hut hike."
"It was a brilliant first experience, doing a hut-to-hut hike."
"Incredible and enchanting place!"
"Incredible and enchanting place!"
"Wonderful experience! Blessed with great weather and even better scenery!"
"Wonderful experience! Blessed with great weather and even better scenery!"
"Fantastic nature and forest, and absolutely worth exploring!"
"Fantastic nature and forest, and absolutely worth exploring!"
"I'll never forget the conversations I had with you all, the jokes, the cardgames, the music, everything"
"Great all-round experience from start to finish."
"Great all-round experience from start to finish."
"I felt lucky to be part of a great and small group!"
"I felt lucky to be part of a great and small group!"
"This has to rate amongst the best things I
"This has to rate amongst the best things I've done in my life!"
4 Days
(28 miles)
Depart Rotorua
NZD$1000 per child
(15 years and under)

Lake Waikaremoana Guided Walk Summary

Journey deep into New Zealand's last frontier, a land cloaked in mist, mysticism and primordial forest. This unique Great Walk offers a chance to get amongst true wilderness whilst also exploring unique, indigenous culture! It is a hut-to-hut hiking expedition, circumnavigating beautiful Lake Waikaremoana, with secluded beaches, fascinating history and truly breathtaking views.

  • Join a small group
  • 4 days / 3 nights all-inclusive New Zealand Guided Walk
  • 4-7 hours hiking each day over varied terrain on formed trails
  • Our purpose-built support boat transports most of your gear
  • 2 days carrying a day pack only, 2 days carrying a small pack
  • Includes: fantastic meals, snacks and drinks; return Rotorua transport; support boat; hut accommodation; sleeping bags, backpacks and raincoats; experienced and caring guides
  • Note: no alcohol is served on this trip folks, due to the spiritual beliefs of the local people. We are also making an effort to eliminate single-use plastic, so please be conscious of what you are bringing with you.

Lake Waikaremoana Guided Walk Full Itinerary

Day One

Day Two

Day Three

Day Four

This guided walk goes well with the North Island's other Great Walk -  Tongariro Northern Circuit Guided Hike!

Questions & Answers


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The Lake Waikaremoana Track is graded as a moderate hike. A reasonable level of fitness, agility and sense of adventure is essential. 4-6 hours walking each day over varied terrain. For the first 2 days walkers carry only a day pack, for the last 2 days walkers carry a backpack containing a sleeping bag and clothing for one night (approx 8kg). All other gear will be transported by boat to the end of the track. A support boat is nearby throughout the trip to carry injured or tired walkers. You are encouraged to walk at your own pace, and to rest and enjoy the many spectacular lookouts as much as possible.


Classic New Zealand backcountry huts, located in stunning natural surroundings. They are clean and dry, and provide fresh drinking water, bunk beds with mattresses, outside toilets, separate dining and communal areas, and heating. There is no electricity or hot water. A booking system ensures no overcrowding. The isolation and lack of mod-cons create a very special and social atmosphere for hut-goers!

If staying in a hut isn't your cup of tea, check out our lodge based Waikaremoana Discovery Tour.

Can non-walkers join this trip?

If someone in your group is not a keen walker they can still join us!. Non-walkers can go by boat and meet up with the rest of your group in the evenings. During the day they can cruise around the lake with the Skipper, or relax on a beach, or try to catch one of the Lake's elusive trout! Please contact us for more details about this option.


Scheduled Lake Waikaremoana Guided Walk trips depart Rotorua every one or two weeks between late October to early May. There are also additional walks departing over holiday weekends, such as Labour Weekend (October), New Years Eve, and Easter Weekend (March or April). Check out our Walk Calendar.

If none of these dates suit please contact us, we may be able to add more departures, and offer exclusive trips for groups.

Do I need to pay a deposit?

Yes - we take a $300 deposit, per person, per walk at the time of booking. We use this deposit to pay for things like accommodation bookings at peak times. The remaining balance is due 1 month before departure, we'll send you a friendly reminder in advance! 

Credit cards and I do not get along. Can I pay by other means?

Absolutely, we also accept payment via online banking. When you book you will receive a booking confirmation email that contains our direct debit information. 

Life has other plans for me - I need to cancel my holiday! Can I get my deposit back?

We completely understand that sometimes the best laid plans go to waste. All is not lost! We can simply transfer you to another date of your choosing. There is no expiry date on transferring your deposit - you can use it anytime in the future! 

If transferring just isn't going to work for you we'll refund your money. The amount we can refund is determined by when you cancel your booking. Click here for our full terms and conditions, or email

Should I bring cash with me on the tour?

It's not essential, but it's a good alternative for when the electronic payment (EFTPOS) system we use in New Zealand is not working.

Our tours are all-inclusive and we'll take really good care of you but you may wish to treat yourself to an extra coffee or a real fruit ice cream when the opportunity arises! It's good to have a small amount of cash in your pocket to take care of this. 


Can I bring a suitcase?

Yes, we are suitcase-friendly! For the Lake Waikaremoana Guided Walk we transport all your gear from hut to hut in our support boat, so suitcases are welcome – all you carry is a day pack for your lunch, water and warm outer layers.

Our luggage trailer is not completely dust-proof, so during the dry summer months dust can settle on the outside of luggage during the trip out to the Lake. If you can, it's best to bring luggage that is fairly robust.

We can lend you one of our complimentary 40 litre hiking packs for the tour – just let us know you need one when you fill in the online booking form.


I'm driving myself to the departure point, where can I park my car?

We pick up in the following locations; Rotorua or Murupara (Department of Conservation Office). If you are self-driving, from the Napier/Hawkes Bay area, we can meet you at either the Hopuruahine trail head, or the Te Urewera Visitors Centre at Aniwaniwa. We will happily drop you back to your car at the end of the walk.

If you're taking a different route please check with our reservations team - we will help you find the best solution. Just send an email to

I suffer from terrible car sickness, what are the roads like?

Good question! The access road to Lake Waikaremoana has a 100 kilometre section of un-sealed, dusty gravel road with many sharp corners. If the road hasn’t been graded for a while there can be surface corrugations that make the trip bumpy. If you suffer from car sickness, please equip yourself with whatever remedies you prefer to use to alleviate the discomfort. The best time to purchase medicinal supplies is in Rotorua before we leave. 

If you prefer to sit in the front seat to help your car sickness, please do tell your guide! We will do whatever we can to make you more comfortable.


Can I bring my own alcohol?

Sorry, no. Please refrain from doing so on the Lake Waikaremoana Guided Walk. This tour is alcohol-free out of respect for the religious and cultural beliefs of the local Maori tribe who are the kaitiaki, or guardians, of this pristine tract of nature.


Will I need something nice to wear in the evenings?

No alternative evening attire is required on the Lake Waikaremoana Guided Walk or the Tongariro Northern Circuit as these are back country hut-based tours and all meals are served by your guides in the huts.

You may wish to bring a clean change of clothes for evenings in the hut, if this is packed in your support boat bag, you will have access to it when you reach the hut at the end of each day. 

I have a specialty diet - can you cater for me?

Absolutely. We are happy to accommodate guests with specialty diets, we appreciate as much advance notice as possible. If we don't receive adequate advanced notice, we may not be able to fully cater for dietary needs as we sometimes operate in an extremely isolated environment and it is not always possible to access specialty foods. Please ensure you advise us as early as possible if you have dietary requirements.

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