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4 Day Lake Waikaremoana Great Walk

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4

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$1500

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Overview

For more than 1,000 years, the Tuhoe, one of the largest Maori tribes in New Zealand, lived in Te Urewera, the biggest wilderness region in North Island. Mountainous and remote, this area boasts a jewel, Lake Waikaremoana, nestled in mountains verdant with sub-tropical rainforest that existed since the Jurassic period. Your 4 Day Lake Waikaremoana Great Walk journey with us will bring you around the magnificent Lake Waikaremoana where you can fully admire this virgin and prehistoric landscape in the heart of Te Urewera on one of New Zealand’s Great Walks.

As you explore the area, marvel at some of the most remote native beech and podocarp forests in New Zealand while listening to our local Tuhoe guides share fascinating tribal stories, culture and histories whilst on the trail or around a fire, relaxing, taking in the view, and enjoying sumptuous homemade meal paired with a glass of fine New Zealand beer or wine.

Season: October to April

Minimum: 4 people

4 Day Lake Waikaremoana Great Walk, New Zealand

4 Day Lake Waikaremoana Great Walk, New Zealand

4 Day Lake Waikaremoana Great Walk, New Zealand

4 Day Lake Waikaremoana Great Walk, New Zealand

4 Day Lake Waikaremoana Great Walk, New Zealand

4 Day Lake Waikaremoana Great Walk, New Zealand

4 Day Lake Waikaremoana Great Walk, New Zealand

4 Day Lake Waikaremoana Great Walk, New Zealand

Itinerary

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Day 1Rotorua to Lake Waikaremoana and Waiharuru Hut4-5 hours hiking

Leaving Rotorua at 8.30am, we travel into the heart of Te Urewera, through a number of small Maori settlements, to the start of the walk at Hopuruahine, on the northern shores of Lake Waikaremoana. After 4 – 5 hours of relatively easy walking, we arrive at the Waiharuru Hut where we spend our first night. Gear & food carried by group.

Day 2Waiharuru Hut to Waiopaoa Hut4-5 hours hiking

From Waiharuru Hut, we traverse the shores of the lake to Te Totara Bay, where the track climbs over a saddle before descending to Maruiti Hut. There is then a brief climb over the Whakaneke Spur and a steady sidling descent with magnificent lake views, to Maraunui Bay where we have a late morning tea.

From this point, the Water Taxi will ferry us around to disembark at Korokoro campsite, seeing a different perspective of the Lake and the lake surrounds along the way. A short walk to Korokoro Falls to have lunch and swim if the weathers fine makes the most of this leg of the trek. From the falls it's a 1 1/2 - 2 hour walk to Waiopaoa Hut where we spend our second night. Total walking time 4 -5 hours. Gear & food carried by group.

Day 3Waiopaoa Hut to Panekiri Bluff 4-5 hours hiking

Leaving Waiopaoa Hut after a leisurely morning, we start the ascent of Panekiri Bluff. The first 200 metres of vertical elevation involves a relatively easy but steady climb along a long ridge. At about 700 metres above sea level, the terrain steepens and there are some magnificent views of the lake and surrounds on this part of the walk. Finally, at 1180 metres above sea level, the hut of Panekiri is reached where the third and last night is spent. The views from the hut are awesome which makes the climb so worthwhile – especially the setting sun. Lunch is had along the track. We allow a total walking time of 4 - 5 hours for this leg of the walk. Gear & food carried by group.

Day 4Panekiri Bluff to Rotorua3-4 hours hiking

If the morning is clear, being up to watch the rising sun from such a high vantage point is quite spectacular. After breakfast, the final day involves an undulating walk along the top of the Panekiri Bluff through magnificent beech forest, with spectacular views of the lake and the mountains of Maungataniwha to the south-west and Manuoha to the north. Finally the descent to Onepoto and the shuttle van – a total walk time of around 3 - 4 hours. Lunch is at the end of the walk, usually enjoyed lake side.

After lunch it is back on board the van for the journey back to Rotorua, arriving back between 6 and 7pm.

Itinerary

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Day 1Rotorua to Lake Waikaremoana and Waiharuru Hut4-5 hours hiking

Leaving Rotorua at 8.30am, we travel into the heart of Te Urewera, through a number of small Maori settlements, to the start of the walk at Hopuruahine, on the northern shores of Lake Waikaremoana. After 4 – 5 hours of relatively easy walking, we arrive at the Waiharuru Hut where we spend our first night. Gear & food carried by group.

Day 2Waiharuru Hut to Waiopaoa Hut4-5 hours hiking

From Waiharuru Hut, we traverse the shores of the lake to Te Totara Bay, where the track climbs over a saddle before descending to Maruiti Hut. There is then a brief climb over the Whakaneke Spur and a steady sidling descent with magnificent lake views, to Maraunui Bay where we have a late morning tea.

From this point, the Water Taxi will ferry us around to disembark at Korokoro campsite, seeing a different perspective of the Lake and the lake surrounds along the way. A short walk to Korokoro Falls to have lunch and swim if the weathers fine makes the most of this leg of the trek. From the falls it's a 1 1/2 - 2 hour walk to Waiopaoa Hut where we spend our second night. Total walking time 4 -5 hours. Gear & food carried by group.

Day 3Waiopaoa Hut to Panekiri Bluff 4-5 hours hiking

Leaving Waiopaoa Hut after a leisurely morning, we start the ascent of Panekiri Bluff. The first 200 metres of vertical elevation involves a relatively easy but steady climb along a long ridge. At about 700 metres above sea level, the terrain steepens and there are some magnificent views of the lake and surrounds on this part of the walk. Finally, at 1180 metres above sea level, the hut of Panekiri is reached where the third and last night is spent. The views from the hut are awesome which makes the climb so worthwhile – especially the setting sun. Lunch is had along the track. We allow a total walking time of 4 - 5 hours for this leg of the walk. Gear & food carried by group.

Day 4Panekiri Bluff to Rotorua3-4 hours hiking

If the morning is clear, being up to watch the rising sun from such a high vantage point is quite spectacular. After breakfast, the final day involves an undulating walk along the top of the Panekiri Bluff through magnificent beech forest, with spectacular views of the lake and the mountains of Maungataniwha to the south-west and Manuoha to the north. Finally the descent to Onepoto and the shuttle van – a total walk time of around 3 - 4 hours. Lunch is at the end of the walk, usually enjoyed lake side.

After lunch it is back on board the van for the journey back to Rotorua, arriving back between 6 and 7pm.

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