East Coast and the Volcanic Zone Sights

Te Urewera National Park

  • Park (National/State/Provincial)
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 07/22/2015

Fodor's Review

Te Urewera's outstanding feature is the glorious Lake Waikaremoana ("sea of rippling waters"), a forest-girded lake with good swimming, boating, and fishing. The lake is encircled by a 50-km (31-mi) walking track; the three- to four-day walk is popular, and in the summer months the lakeside hiking huts are heavily used. You can pick up walking leaflets and maps and ask advice about the walks in the park, such as the one to the Aniwaniwa Falls (30 minutes round-trip) or to Lake Waikareiti (five to six hours round-trip). The motor camp on the lakeshore, not far from the visitor center, has cabins, chalets, and motel units. In summer a launch operates sightseeing and fishing trips from the motor camp. There are areas of private Māori land within the park, so be sure to stay on marked paths. Access to the park is from Wairoa, 100 km (62 mi) southwest of Gisborne down Highway 2. It's then another 63 km (39 mi) from Wairoa along Highway 38 to Lake Waikaremoana. Parts of this road are unsealed and have been for years.

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New Zealand

Published 07/22/2015


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