Lake Waikaremoana Track

Te Urewera

  • 3 – 4 days
  • One way
  • Easy/medium
  • Booking required

"The Lake Track." Busy track in summer with swimming and fishing along the lake-side.

waikaremoana • By moose. Licence: C.
Key information
15 hr – 20 hr
3 – 4 days
One way
One way
Bookings required
Bookings for huts and campsites are required:
SH38, Onepoto
Distance from you: ()
SH38, Hopuruahine Landing
614m – 1,180m
Altitude change 566m
Panekiri Bluff overlooking Lake Waikaremoana • By nomad.

The broken, isolated landscape of Urewera National Park is a product of recent earthquakes and ongoing mountain-building. Indeed, the lake itself is merely 2000 years old, having formed behind a massive landslip. In 1946 the lake level was lowered 5m as part of a local power scheme, so the lake is edged with regenerating forest. The track leads around the western lake edge, climbing onto the crest of the Panekiri Range before dropping to the jagged shoreline.

Although it is open throughout the year, the highest points on the track may be subject to snowfall.


Bending in a long horseshoe curve about the lake, the track meets SH38, the road from Rotorua to Wairoa, both north and south of the lake at Onepoto and Hopuruahine Landing. On the road between the two track ends, Aniwaniwa is home to the DOC Visitor Centre, a shop, campground, and motels. Boat and shuttle bus services operate seasonally between the track ends, and public buses operate along the highway.

Panekiri Hut • Great Walks Hut (DOC). Capacity: 36.

Onepoto to Panekiri Hut

From the car park, the track crosses the parade ground of a nineteenth century redoubt used by European soldiers to suppress the local Maori. Beyond this inauspicious spot the track climbs past a series of progressively higher trigs on the ridge. Puketapu Trig is the track's highest point, near Panekiri Hut.

Waiopaoa Hut • Great Walks Hut (DOC).

Panekiri Hut to Waiopaoa Hut

Marauiti Hut • Great Walks Hut (DOC). Capacity: 18.

The track keeps to the ridge a while longer before dropping quickly to the lakeside hut.

Waiopaoa Hut to Marauiti Hut

Before a swingbridge across Korokoro Stream a side track leads 1-1½ hr return to the 20m Korokoro Falls. Beyond the swingbridge is a campsite.

Whanganui Hut • Great Walks Hut (DOC). Capacity: 18.

Over some private land the track meets the next campsite, with the hut soon after.

Marauiti Hut to Whanganui Hut

The track crosses an inland section of private land before coming to another lakeside campsite, then passing the site of (removed) Te Puna Hut. 

Marauiti Hut from Northern approach • By hutchk. Licence: C.

Crossing a peninsula, the track drops to the lake edge and another campsite.

A section of lakeside scrub leads to the hut.

Whanganui Hut to Hopuruahine Landing

A short walk leads to the track end.

Walking times

  • Onepoto to Panekiri Hut: 5 hour
  • Panekiri Hut to Waiopaoa Hut: 3.5 hours
  • Waiopaoa Hut to Marauiti Hut: 4.5 hours
  • Marauiti Hut to Whanganui Hut: 4.5 - 5 hours
  • Whanganui Hut to Hopuruahine Landing: 1 hour
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About this track

Added 1 June 2001 by MatthewMatthew. 3 revisions, most recently 13 May 2014 by MatthewMatthew.
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