LAKE WAIKAREMOANA DISCOVERY TOUR

A traverse into the wild. Explore the best of Lake Waikaremoana, Whirinaki Forest and Te Urewera on this New Zealand walking holiday.

  • OVERVIEW
  • ITINERARY
  • ACCOMMODATION
  • IMPORTANT INFO

DAYS

4

KM

35 - 45

MILES

21 - 27

DIFFICULTY

3/5

ACCOMMODATION

Lodge

PRICE

$1650

Under 15 yrs 1000 NZD

WALKING SEASON

Oct-Apr

WALKING TOUR SUMMARY

Explore the best of Lake Waikaremoana, Whirinaki ‘Dinosaur’ Forest and Te Urewera on this New Zealand walking holiday. 

Journey deep into the North Island’s most remote and untouched wilderness area, Te Urewera, where the mountains are cloaked in mist, mysticism and primordial forest. Walk some of the most spectacular sections of the Lake Waikaremoana Great Walk track and explore the world-famous Whirinaki ‘Dinosaur’ Forest, while staying in comfortable lodgings. 

  • Join a small group 
  • 4 days / 3 nights all-inclusive New Zealand walking holiday 
  • Carry a day pack only 
  • Includes: all meals and trail snacks; wine, 3 star Chalet accommodation; return Rotorua transport; passionate and experienced guides

“Walked the Waikaremoana Trail guided by Paula, Dan and Gill. They couldn’t have been more helpful, knowledgeable or capable.”

 

A traverse into the wild. Explore the best of Lake Waikaremoana, Whirinaki Forest and Te Urewera on this New Zealand walking holiday.

DAY 1

Whirinaki Forest

Pick-up from your Rotorua accommodation approx 8:30am. A scenic drive follows ancient Maori trails into the heart of Te Urewera to Lake Waikaremoana, the North Island’s deepest lake. Stretch your legs with a journey into the Whirinaki ‘Dinosaur’ Forest for a 3-4 hour walk through the best example of NZ’s native Podocarp forest. Towering trees such as giant totara, kahikatea and matai, plus rare birdlife (kaka & blue duck) as the trail follows a pristine river to a dramatic canyon. 

Relish a fresh picnic lunch before continuing on to reach Lake Waikaremoana, the  ‘sea of rippling waters.’ 

Settle in to your peaceful accommodation with pre-dinner drinks and a tasty grazing  platter on the lake-shore. 

DAY 2

Panekire Bluffs

After a hearty cooked breakfast day two of your NZ walking holiday features some of the most spectacular views from the Lake Waikaremoana Great Walk Track. A 1.5  hour steady climb through mixed broadleaf podocarp forest rewards you with inspiring views over Lake Waikaremoana and the forest-clad mountains of Te Urewera, New Zealand. Spectacular sandstone rock bluffs drop sheer to the lake 600 metres below. An unforgettable lunch spot! 

Time permitting, we later follow a gorgeous loop track through sparkling tawa forest to New Zealand’s largest rata tree. 

Relax in comfort for the evening with a generous, Kiwi-style 2-course meal and toast  the days achievements with a cold glass of whatever takes your fancy. Rest, sip and gaze out over the peaceful lake and enjoy absolute serenity.

DAY 3

Lake Waikareiti

Stroll through a magnificent ancient beech forest to the tranquil Lake Waikareiti. Reached only by walking track, this lake is free of introduced aquatic plants and motorised boats, so has outstanding water clarity and is blissfully peaceful! 

In the warmer months, we can enjoy a refreshing dip in the Lake. 

Later, we’ll return to Waikaremoana where there’s an option to walk to a dazzling clear fresh-water spring, or a hike through fern forest to explore the unusual Onepoto Caves. Another favourite walk follows the Aniwaniwa (definition = rainbow) River as it plunges over terraces and waterfalls on its journey to Lake Waikaremoana. 

DAY 4

Lake Waikaremoana Great Walk

Hike another section of the Great Walk Track. A stunning forest and lakeside trail traverses from the shores of an estuary across a peninsula, and on to a secluded arm of the lake. Thanks to the pest-control in this area the forest is some of New Zealand’s best, and home to many bird species, including the North Island Brown Kiwi. 

Driving back to Rotorua you’ll stop for a soak in an amazing natural hot spring beneath a roof of native trees (time permitting). Arrive Rotorua approx 5 – 6pm. 

During the Waikaremoana Discovery Tour we stay in peaceful, lakeside chalets with great views over Lake Waikaremoana. The chalets are simple but comfortable, with hot showers, good beds and linen, heat pumps and ensuite bathrooms.

Rooms are twin share or double. Single rooms are available on request. World-class trout fishing is on offer in the lake at the front door step. Dinner is served in the lodge dining room, and consists of a hearty main meal followed by dessert. The meals are classic New Zealand fare, with plenty of vegetables and salads.

FAQ

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I’m Travelling Solo – Who Will I Be Sharing a Room With?
The accommodation on our tours is based on twin…
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Should I Bring Something Nice To Wear In The Evenings?
Our shared dinners are not super formal occasions, so…
Korokoro Falls
Specialty Diets – Can You Cater For Me?
Absolutely. We are happy to accommodate guests with specialty…
Crackers and Cheese at Hush
Do I Need To Bring Cash?
No, cash is not essential, but you’re welcome to…
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I suffer from terrible car sickness, what will the roads be like?
Good question! In general, the roads we travel are…
Two hikers on Panekire Bluff highfiving
Fitness
The walking trails on the Waikaremoana Discovery Tour are…
Papakorito Falls
Can Non-Walkers Join This Trip?
If someone in your group is not a keen…
Hiker Jumping for Joy on Panekire Bluff
Does the Lodge Have Wi-Fi?
There is Wi-Fi available nearby at Te Kura Whenua…
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Accommodation
During the Waikaremoana Discovery Tour we stay in peaceful,…
Waikaremoana 3
Meals
This is a fully catered walk, we’ll take care…
Ladies at Lake Waikaremoana
How Do I Get Here?
The Waikaremoana Discovery Tourdeparts Rotorua once per fortnight from…

DAYS

4

KM

35 – 45

MILES

21 – 27

DIFFICULTY

3/5

ACCOMMODATION

Lodge

PRICE

$1650

Under 15 yrs 1000 NZD

WALKING SEASON

Oct-Apr

WALKING TOUR SUMMARY

Explore the best of Lake Waikaremoana, Whirinaki ‘Dinosaur’ Forest and Te Urewera on this New Zealand walking holiday. 

Journey deep into the North Island’s most remote and untouched wilderness area, Te Urewera, where the mountains are cloaked in mist, mysticism and primordial forest. Walk some of the most spectacular sections of the Lake Waikaremoana Great Walk track and explore the world-famous Whirinaki ‘Dinosaur’ Forest, while staying in comfortable lodgings. 

  • Join a small group 
  • 4 days / 3 nights all-inclusive New Zealand walking holiday 
  • Carry a day pack only 
  • Includes: all meals and trail snacks; wine, 3 star Chalet accommodation; return Rotorua transport; passionate and experienced guides

“Walked the Waikaremoana Trail guided by Paula, Dan and Gill. They couldn’t have been more helpful, knowledgeable or capable.”

 

A traverse into the wild. Explore the best of Lake Waikaremoana, Whirinaki Forest and Te Urewera on this New Zealand walking holiday.

DAY 1

Whirinaki Forest

Pick-up from your Rotorua accommodation approx 8:30am. A scenic drive follows ancient Maori trails into the heart of Te Urewera to Lake Waikaremoana, the North Island’s deepest lake. Stretch your legs with a journey into the Whirinaki ‘Dinosaur’ Forest for a 3-4 hour walk through the best example of NZ’s native Podocarp forest. Towering trees such as giant totara, kahikatea and matai, plus rare birdlife (kaka & blue duck) as the trail follows a pristine river to a dramatic canyon. 

Relish a fresh picnic lunch before continuing on to reach Lake Waikaremoana, the  ‘sea of rippling waters.’ 

Settle in to your peaceful accommodation with pre-dinner drinks and a tasty grazing  platter on the lake-shore. 

DAY 2

Panekire Bluffs

After a hearty cooked breakfast day two of your NZ walking holiday features some of the most spectacular views from the Lake Waikaremoana Great Walk Track. A 1.5  hour steady climb through mixed broadleaf podocarp forest rewards you with inspiring views over Lake Waikaremoana and the forest-clad mountains of Te Urewera, New Zealand. Spectacular sandstone rock bluffs drop sheer to the lake 600 metres below. An unforgettable lunch spot! 

Time permitting, we later follow a gorgeous loop track through sparkling tawa forest to New Zealand’s largest rata tree. 

Relax in comfort for the evening with a generous, Kiwi-style 2-course meal and toast  the days achievements with a cold glass of whatever takes your fancy. Rest, sip and gaze out over the peaceful lake and enjoy absolute serenity.

DAY 3

Lake Waikareiti

Stroll through a magnificent ancient beech forest to the tranquil Lake Waikareiti. Reached only by walking track, this lake is free of introduced aquatic plants and motorised boats, so has outstanding water clarity and is blissfully peaceful! 

In the warmer months, we can enjoy a refreshing dip in the Lake. 

Later, we’ll return to Waikaremoana where there’s an option to walk to a dazzling clear fresh-water spring, or a hike through fern forest to explore the unusual Onepoto Caves. Another favourite walk follows the Aniwaniwa (definition = rainbow) River as it plunges over terraces and waterfalls on its journey to Lake Waikaremoana. 

DAY 4

Lake Waikaremoana Great Walk

Hike another section of the Great Walk Track. A stunning forest and lakeside trail traverses from the shores of an estuary across a peninsula, and on to a secluded arm of the lake. Thanks to the pest-control in this area the forest is some of New Zealand’s best, and home to many bird species, including the North Island Brown Kiwi. 

Driving back to Rotorua you’ll stop for a soak in an amazing natural hot spring beneath a roof of native trees (time permitting). Arrive Rotorua approx 5 – 6pm. 

During the Waikaremoana Discovery Tour we stay in peaceful, lakeside chalets with great views over Lake Waikaremoana. The chalets are simple but comfortable, with hot showers, good beds and linen, heat pumps and ensuite bathrooms.

Rooms are twin share or double. Single rooms are available on request. World-class trout fishing is on offer in the lake at the front door step. Dinner is served in the lodge dining room, and consists of a hearty main meal followed by dessert. The meals are classic New Zealand fare, with plenty of vegetables and salads.

FAQ

WLE Resized_0011_Old Heads
I’m Travelling Solo – Who Will I Be Sharing a Room With?
The accommodation on our tours is based on twin…
Hero_Waikaremoana-Guided-Walk_1920x1080-copy-2
Should I Bring Something Nice To Wear In The Evenings?
Our shared dinners are not super formal occasions, so…
Korokoro Falls
Specialty Diets – Can You Cater For Me?
Absolutely. We are happy to accommodate guests with specialty…
Crackers and Cheese at Hush
Do I Need To Bring Cash?
No, cash is not essential, but you’re welcome to…
WLE Resized_0023_Dinghys at Lake edge
I suffer from terrible car sickness, what will the roads be like?
Good question! In general, the roads we travel are…
Two hikers on Panekire Bluff highfiving
Fitness
The walking trails on the Waikaremoana Discovery Tour are…
Papakorito Falls
Can Non-Walkers Join This Trip?
If someone in your group is not a keen…
Hiker Jumping for Joy on Panekire Bluff
Does the Lodge Have Wi-Fi?
There is Wi-Fi available nearby at Te Kura Whenua…
WLE Resized_0000_Waikaremoana Holiday Park - for WDT itinerary
Accommodation
During the Waikaremoana Discovery Tour we stay in peaceful,…
Waikaremoana 3
Meals
This is a fully catered walk, we’ll take care…
Ladies at Lake Waikaremoana
How Do I Get Here?
The Waikaremoana Discovery Tourdeparts Rotorua once per fortnight from…

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