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Review of Lake Waikaremoana

Lake Waikaremoana
Ranked #368 of 1,854 things to do in North Island
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Reviewed 3 April 2013

We did a three day walk, started at panekire hut first night. The walk has a lot of steep, almost climbing parts in the beginning (or end), but the views are just amazing. The huts are well equipped and not cold at all, provided with a fireplace.

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Reviewed 2 April 2013

This is a great Tramp, but beware, the climb up to Panekire Ridge is steep! If you're going to do this tramp I highly recommend doing it in a clockwise direction - that way you get to enjoy the stunning views from the ridge as you ascend it. If you go the other way, the views of the lake are completely obstructed by trees, and behind you. The tramp can be done easily in 3 days. Take 4 if you really want to savour the moments, but if you take 2 I think you're rushing it. The side trip to Korokoro falls is worth it too. The track times are dependent on your level of fitness - but in general the times marked on the shelters on the track are quite generous, so don't panic too much if you think you won't make your camp/hut.

12  Thank K0neW0ne
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Reviewed 22 March 2013

3 days of hiking through lush forests, always with a sight on the magical Lake Waikaremoana.. it was amazing!
Although I'm not the fittest person on earth, the hike is mostly a breeze, so you can enjoy the amazing surroundings - only at the beginning the path goes uphill. The huts are really basic but cozy and likeable. If camping, you might hear some deers or possums.
I parked my van at the carpark which is next to the motel (great staff there, really helpful), so should be quite save.

2  Thank becruised
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Reviewed 18 March 2013

Lake Waikaremoana was the only remaining Great New Zealand Walk that my husband and I had not experienced. As we are in our 70's we gathered a group of friends and booked a supported walk around Lake Waikaremoana with Walking Legends.
The mini van drew up outside our gate and out jumped three young men. "Oh no!" I thought - "How will they handle a group of older people?" Over the next four days I had to eat my words!!!
Brad, Sam and Callum could not have been more efficient and friendly, and above all more professional.
They kept us well-informed, meals were unexpectedly superb, and we felt constantly supported by our trio of guides. Brad's unobtrusive presence at the back of the walking group ensured everyone's safety, and at no time was anyone made to feel they should hurry up.
I can't praise the organisation and personnel enough - Walking Legends is a very professional and user-friendly organisation.

4  Thank DianeS36
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Reviewed 14 March 2013

Have just completed the 42.7km 3 day walk around part of Lake Waikaremoana in the Te Urewera forest. The GPS took us the scenic eg long way, to the camping ground which you can start from...there is a much shorter route via Murapara & a long gravel road. Excellent information on the tramp is available on the www.doc.govt.nz site. We stayed the night before we started the tramp in a chalet at the Lake Waikaremoana camping ground. Comfy beds with a kitchenette and bathroom for $95 for 2 people. Staff there & at the attached shop could do well to improve their friendliness and customer service. DOC huts on the tramp must be booked ahead as limited. We got the water taxi to the drop off point ( we walked anticlockwise) and they picked us up at a pre-arranged time when we finished. Good value at $50 p.p.
The track is undulating plus has some big climbs but going down is just as hard on your knees at times. The DOC huts are basic but fine eg tank rain water, no electricity, mattresses in communal sleeping area & chemical toilets. You need torches/head lights and candles if you want to read/cook/play cards at night. All the other trampers we met in the huts were friendly and fun. You have to take cooking gear as there is nothing other than bench space and a wood fire. The scenery is lovely particularly at the top of the Panakire bluff although it gets clouded in early to mid morning at times which means you see nothing. The forest is cool and wonderful and can be muddy in places. The lake was warm enough to swim in and there are heaps of black swans there.The track is clearly defined. A good 3 day hike or a more relaxed 4 day one. Its a shame it's such a lousy drive to get there! but worth it.

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