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Lake Waikareiti Track

Waikaremoana Road, Te Urewera, Bay of Plenty 4195 New Zealand

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Sun 12a-11:59p
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“The Lake Waikareiti Walk will take you two hours to complete a return trip. Along the way you may hear the screech of the kaka and the chatty ki-ki-ki of the yellow-crowned parakeet (kakariki).”

This well-graded track rises 300 m in altitude to the day shelter at Lake Waikareiti. The forest is predominantly red and silver beech with mighty rimu trees emerging above the canopy.

Beyond the day shelter a tramping track runs to Sandy Bay Hut at the northern end of the lake (a further 3 hours from the day shelter). The hut (bookings required) lies idyllically on the shores of a shallow bay which features brilliant white sand.

The Ruapani Circuit Track can be accessed from this track about half an hour beyond the Waikareiti day shelter.

Getting there:

The Lake Waikareiti Walk begins 200 m from the visitor centre on the road to Rotorua.

Know before you go:

Be prepared, with warm clothes, food and a raincoat.

Boat hire:

Row boats provide for another experience to explore Lake Waikareiti, not easily visible on the surrounding walking track.

They can be hired for a small free from the visitor centre, Monday to Friday 8 am – 5 pm.

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Lake Waikareiti Track

Waikaremoana Road
Te Urewera
Bay of Plenty
4195 New Zealand
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  • Sun - Sat: 12:00 am - 11:59 pm

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