LAKE WAIKAREMOANA GUIDED WALK

Journey deep into New Zealand’s last frontier, a land cloaked in mist, mysticism and primordial forest.

  • OVERVIEW
  • ITINERARY
  • ACCOMMODATION
  • IMPORTANT INFO

DAYS

4

KM

43 - 46

MILES

26 - 28

DIFFICULTY

3/5

ACCOMMODATION

Hut

PRICE

$1530

Under 15 yrs 1000 NZD

WALKING SEASON

Oct-Apr

WALKING TOUR 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.

“Walking in Waikaremoana was truly an amazing experience! It is a perfect trip for someone who wants to get into the wilderness but needs a support team.”

A breathtaking journey through time Journey deep into New Zealand’s last frontier, a land cloaked in mist, mysticism and primordial forest.

DAY 1

Your New Zealand guided walk begins with a scenic drive from Rotorua to the start of the Lake Waikaremoana Great Walk Track, along one of New Zealand’s oldest Maori trails. Journey through remote villages and dense rainforest, into the heart of Te Urewera and Lake Waikaremoana, the North Islands deepest lake.

Walk alongside an estuary, home to a variety of water birds, then catch the first glimpse of the lake itself and the reason for its name, sea of rippling waters, becomes apparent. The hike follows the shores of Lake Waikaremoana for most of the afternoon, before crossing a headland where a Kiwi Recovery Programme is successfully increasing the numbers of our threatened national icon. Waiharuru Hut welcomes you with a hot drink and hearty cooked meal. Tonight you may hear the night time calls of the North Island brown kiwi and the morepork / ruru.

DAY 2

This is the longest day of walking, but you still have plenty of time to enjoy the bush, birds and lovely beaches of the western arm of the lake. Make the most of the many scenic lakeside and lookout spots for rests and refreshments, and some may indulge in a swim! After lunch, we can take the 45 minute side track to Korokoro Falls. These stunning falls are worth the detour!

Te Urewera forest is home to many native and endangered birds. You are likely to witness the amazing flights of the fantail and kereru, and hear the melodious calls of the bellbird and tui. Waiopaoa Hut, nestled amongst the lush rainforest that stretches to the lake edge, is our home for the night.

DAY 3

Today you tackle the Panekire Bluffs, which have been looming ahead for the last two days. Plenty of rest stops and breathtaking views make today’s climb an enjoyable challenge. Hike through different layers of vegetation: from mixed broadleaf podocarp forest featuring giant rata, rimu and miro trees; to enchanted cloud forest of silver beech trees cloaked in eerie mosses, which dominate the higher altitudes. At the close of the day relax on the verandah of the beautifully situated hut, and soak up the panoramic vistas right out to the ocean. Watch the sunset over the lake and forest clad mountains, while a birds eye view gives an appreciation of the remarkable terrain you have covered over the last few days.

DAY 4

Wake to be among the first in the world to welcome the day’s sunrise over the Pacific Ocean! Continuing along the Panekire Ridge, breaks in the forest offer more magnificent views and fantastic photo opportunities from the colossal rock ledges that form the range. Look across Onepoto Bay to see the evidence of the landslide that created Lake Waikaremoana over two thousand years ago.

Celebrate completing the Great Walk with a BBQ lunch and drinks. Return to Rotorua approx 6pm.

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.

FAQ

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Do I Need To Bring Cash?
No, cash is not essential, but you’re welcome to…
croppedimage630338-C16437dn
Can Non-Walkers Join This Trip?
If someone in your group is not a keen…
croppedimage630338-Day-3-Sunset-at-Panekiri-Hut-
I suffer from terrible car sickness, what will the roads be like?
Good question! In general, the roads we travel are…
croppedimage630338-Day-4-lunchspot-on-bluffs
Fitness
You don’t need any multi-day hiking experience to do…
croppedimage630338-sunrays-thru-beech-forest
Meals& Alcohol
This is a fully catered walk, we’ll take care…
croppedimage630338-TNZw088
What Should I Pack?
When you book, you’ll receive a full itinerary and…
Crackers and Cheese at Hush
Specialty Diets – Can You Cater For Me?
Absolutely. We are happy to accommodate guests with specialty…
croppedimage630338-Walking-Legends-Rob-Hilary
Accommodation
We stay in basic backcountry huts, located in stunning…
IMGP0276
How Do I Get Here?
The Waikaremoana Guided Walk departs Rotorua roughly once per…
pinnacles group
Should I Bring Something Nice To Wear In The Evenings?
It’s nice to have something clean to change into…

DAYS

4

KM

43 – 46

MILES

26 – 28

DIFFICULTY

3/5

ACCOMMODATION

Hut

PRICE

$1530

Under 15 yrs 1000 NZD

WALKING SEASON

Oct-Apr

WALKING TOUR 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.

“Walking in Waikaremoana was truly an amazing experience! It is a perfect trip for someone who wants to get into the wilderness but needs a support team.”

A breathtaking journey through time Journey deep into New Zealand’s last frontier, a land cloaked in mist, mysticism and primordial forest.

DAY 1

Your New Zealand guided walk begins with a scenic drive from Rotorua to the start of the Lake Waikaremoana Great Walk Track, along one of New Zealand’s oldest Maori trails. Journey through remote villages and dense rainforest, into the heart of Te Urewera and Lake Waikaremoana, the North Islands deepest lake.

Walk alongside an estuary, home to a variety of water birds, then catch the first glimpse of the lake itself and the reason for its name, sea of rippling waters, becomes apparent. The hike follows the shores of Lake Waikaremoana for most of the afternoon, before crossing a headland where a Kiwi Recovery Programme is successfully increasing the numbers of our threatened national icon. Waiharuru Hut welcomes you with a hot drink and hearty cooked meal. Tonight you may hear the night time calls of the North Island brown kiwi and the morepork / ruru.

DAY 2

This is the longest day of walking, but you still have plenty of time to enjoy the bush, birds and lovely beaches of the western arm of the lake. Make the most of the many scenic lakeside and lookout spots for rests and refreshments, and some may indulge in a swim! After lunch, we can take the 45 minute side track to Korokoro Falls. These stunning falls are worth the detour!

Te Urewera forest is home to many native and endangered birds. You are likely to witness the amazing flights of the fantail and kereru, and hear the melodious calls of the bellbird and tui. Waiopaoa Hut, nestled amongst the lush rainforest that stretches to the lake edge, is our home for the night.

DAY 3

Today you tackle the Panekire Bluffs, which have been looming ahead for the last two days. Plenty of rest stops and breathtaking views make today’s climb an enjoyable challenge. Hike through different layers of vegetation: from mixed broadleaf podocarp forest featuring giant rata, rimu and miro trees; to enchanted cloud forest of silver beech trees cloaked in eerie mosses, which dominate the higher altitudes. At the close of the day relax on the verandah of the beautifully situated hut, and soak up the panoramic vistas right out to the ocean. Watch the sunset over the lake and forest clad mountains, while a birds eye view gives an appreciation of the remarkable terrain you have covered over the last few days.

DAY 4

Wake to be among the first in the world to welcome the day’s sunrise over the Pacific Ocean! Continuing along the Panekire Ridge, breaks in the forest offer more magnificent views and fantastic photo opportunities from the colossal rock ledges that form the range. Look across Onepoto Bay to see the evidence of the landslide that created Lake Waikaremoana over two thousand years ago.

Celebrate completing the Great Walk with a BBQ lunch and drinks. Return to Rotorua approx 6pm.

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.

FAQ

croppedimage630338-14
Do I Need To Bring Cash?
No, cash is not essential, but you’re welcome to…
croppedimage630338-C16437dn
Can Non-Walkers Join This Trip?
If someone in your group is not a keen…
croppedimage630338-Day-3-Sunset-at-Panekiri-Hut-
I suffer from terrible car sickness, what will the roads be like?
Good question! In general, the roads we travel are…
croppedimage630338-Day-4-lunchspot-on-bluffs
Fitness
You don’t need any multi-day hiking experience to do…
croppedimage630338-sunrays-thru-beech-forest
Meals& Alcohol
This is a fully catered walk, we’ll take care…
croppedimage630338-TNZw088
What Should I Pack?
When you book, you’ll receive a full itinerary and…
Crackers and Cheese at Hush
Specialty Diets – Can You Cater For Me?
Absolutely. We are happy to accommodate guests with specialty…
croppedimage630338-Walking-Legends-Rob-Hilary
Accommodation
We stay in basic backcountry huts, located in stunning…
IMGP0276
How Do I Get Here?
The Waikaremoana Guided Walk departs Rotorua roughly once per…
pinnacles group
Should I Bring Something Nice To Wear In The Evenings?
It’s nice to have something clean to change into…

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