The Lake Waikaremoana area of Te Urewera National Park is a marvellous destination for walkers. Besides the famous Lake Waikaremoana Great Walk there are a multitude of interesting short and day walks.
The many walks in the area feature clean sparkling lakes, dramatic rock-bluffs, magnificent forest and profuse birdlife. You may even spot a short-tailed bat on one of your walks. The Onepoto Track features a number of caves and the Hinerau Walk takes you past the Aniwaniwa waterfalls.
Lake Waikaremoana is a holiday destination by people who use the lake for fishing, tramping and other recreational activities. The Lake Waikaremoana Track, one of New Zealand's "Great Walks", is a three to four-day tramp which follows approximately half of the lake's circumference. The track can be walked independently, or as part of a guided group. There are huts dotted on the walk which require booking to use. Camping is permitted unless you are more than 500 metres from the track.
Lake Waikaremoana is located in Te Urewera National Park on the East Coast of the North Island of New Zealand. Lake Waikaremoana is 60 kilometres northwest of Wairoa and 80 kilometres southwest of Gisborne. It covers an area of 54 km². From the Maori Waikaremoana translates as 'sea of rippling waters'.The lake lies in the heart of Tuhoe country. The hamlet of Aniwaniwa and the Waikaremoana Motor Camp are located on the lakeshore, along SH38 (from Wai-O-Tapu via Murupara to Wairoa), which connects the lake to the central North Island (Rotorua) and Gisborne.