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Lake Waikaremoana Walk

This is one of New Zealands Great Walks. Teresa and I took the trek, camping along the way. We spent 3 nights, walking four days and then took the water taxi back to the trail head. Lots of great swims along the way. Highly recommended!
Lake Waikaremoana
Lake Waikaremoana
Trail map
Trail map
Distance and elevation map
Distance and elevation map
Murupara motor camp
Murupara motor camp
Basecamp
Basecamp
The local pub
The local pub
Gravel road
Gravel road
Te Urewera bush
Te Urewera bush
First hanging bridge
First hanging bridge
Way sign at the Hopuruahine trailhead
Way sign at the Hopuruahine trailhead
Wetlands along the lake
Wetlands along the lake
First open vista
First open vista
Teresa on hanging bridge
Teresa on hanging bridge
Vines
Vines
First night campsite
First night campsite
Walking stick insect
Walking stick insect
All packed up on day 2
All packed up on day 2
Kiwi recovery program
Kiwi recovery program
Serene Lake Waikaremoana
Serene Lake Waikaremoana
Tree fern reflections
Tree fern reflections
Waiharuru Hut
Waiharuru Hut
Bridge funnel
Bridge funnel
Teresa from a distance
Teresa from a distance
bush reflections
bush reflections
Big native trees
Big native trees
Fern boquet
Fern boquet
breather break
breather break
inviting water
inviting water
The ridge we have to climb in the distance
The ridge we have to climb in the distance
Korokoro sign
Korokoro sign
Korokoro shelter
Korokoro shelter
Gisborne Gold
Gisborne Gold
Evening light
Evening light
bush stream
bush stream
our tent at the Korokoro campground
our tent at the Korokoro campground
Fellow hikers from Holland
Fellow hikers from Holland
Cataract
Cataract
Dicey stream crossing
Dicey stream crossing
Korokoro Falls
Korokoro Falls
Korokoro Falls
Korokoro Falls
Korokoro Falls
Korokoro Falls
Feeling good
Feeling good
Moon walking on mossy boulders
Moon walking on mossy boulders
Four hours of uphill ahead
Four hours of uphill ahead
The flat parts are behind us
The flat parts are behind us
Fern cliff
Fern cliff
Native Beech forest
Native Beech forest
Pristine canopy
Pristine canopy
We have moved above the lake
We have moved above the lake
Night 3 camp
Night 3 camp
Sunset view of the lake from Panekire Hut
Sunset view of the lake from Panekire Hut
Socializing with fellow hikers
Socializing with fellow hikers
These fellow hikers were having a blast
These fellow hikers were having a blast
Morning fog
Morning fog
Sunrise view of the Lake
Sunrise view of the Lake
View
View
On top of the world
On top of the world
Lake Waikaremoana
Lake Waikaremoana
Eagles nest
Eagles nest
Panorama
Panorama
The walking is done
The walking is done
Our cab driver
Our cab driver
Last cool-off
Last cool-off