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TE WAIROA BRIDGE IS CLOSED

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WINTER AT WAIKAREMOANA

Thinking of heading our way this winter, here is what you need to know.

Waikaremoana Great Walk Track Fully Opened 

Good news! The track between Waiopaoa and Maraunui Hut is now open.  This section of track closed in late March due to extreme weather that caused lake levels to rise and parts of track and Korokoro campsite to go under water.  So for many who have missed camping at Korokoro you can go ahead and book online.
 

Te Kura Whenua

If you have a pātai about Waikaremoana or Te Urewera you can reach us by emailing Karakia and Tina on teureweravc@ngaituhoe.iwi.com.  Emails are checked daily Monday to Friday.   
 

Water taxi closed in winter

The water taxi has closed during these colder months.
If you are booked or having thoughts of a hikoi along the Great Walk this winter: 
  • If you’re in a group park a vehicle at either end of the track 
  • Make a return journey on the track 
  • Ask a mate or whānau to pick you up at the end 

Hopuruahine Landing Road 4WD Access ONLY 

Hopuruahine Landing Road is 4WD access only.  For 2WD vehicles park at the entrance along the main road, space is limited.  It’s less than 1km from the entrance of the road down to the start of the Great Walk track.  Make sure you secure your vehicle and take your valuables with you. 
 

EASTER WEEKEND PĀNUI

Our team has completed a check of key areas and have confirmed that there is no serious track damage in the wake of Cyclone Fili. 
 
Please check for road closures before you travel to Waikaremoana as some eastern areas have suffered significant damage:
Boaties remain cautious as high lake levels may create navigation hazards.
 
Again, keep in mind that the track between Waiopaoa and Maraunui is still currently closed given the very high lake levels.
 
Please call Te Urewera Visitor Centre for more detail on 06 837 3900, 8am-4.30pm, Wed-Sun.

great walk track partial closure

Waiopaoa to Maraunui (includes Korokoro campsite and falls track) is temporarily closed.

Recent heavy rainfall raised lake levels by 2000mm causing flooding of sections of track, structures and campsites.  Once water levels return to a ‘normal’ winter lake level, we will be able to carryout an assessment on this part of track. 
 
To get around the closed section of track we are running a daily water taxi from Maraunui to Waiopaoa from 11am to 12pm.

Need help to move your Korokoro campsite booking give the team a call at Te Kura Whenua on 06 837 3900 or email: teureweravc@ngaituhoe.iwi.nz

SHORT WALKS CLOSED

Ngamoko Track is closed due to the track subsidence
 

ROSIE BAY CAMPSITE TEMPORARILY CLOSED

Rosie Bay Campsite is underwater as lake levels remain high.  Consider staying at Mokau, Taita a Makoro or Orangihikoia instead.

hunting in te urewera now open

You are now able to apply for a permit to hunt in Te Urewera.

Areas have been allocated on the Te Urewera map, please familiarise yourself with the blocks that have permitted access to public. 

Click here  to apply for a permit.

Click here to see the Te Urewera Map

Click here for hunting with dogs.


Te Urewera welcomes manuhiri on feb 14

Boi, COVID’s just not enough, throw in a cyclone add a touch of weather bomb, add in a slip in a tricky spot, a wayward lagaro net and you’ve got... Te Urewera. Welcome back folks. Checks, inspections, tracks cleared, waterflows under watch, water tanks scrubbed and refilled has kept the locals busy through Christmas. The wildlife have enjoyed their full run of their home, they’ve already gotten use to our absence – so to them we are all manuhiri – please take care out there...and see you on the 14th!

reira e te manuhiri nau mai hoki mai! 


Covid procedures 

Operations within Te Urewera will be functioning at the red light setting without vaccination pass requirements. This will means limiting spaces in the DOC Huts to allow for COVID safety requirements. We ask that you remember the hygiene and social distancing practices that will help to keep yourself, kaimahi and Te Urewera communities safe. 

If you have any questions about your trip to Te Urewera please contact the team at Te Kura Whenua on teureweravc@ngaituhoe.iwi.nz or watertaxi@ngaituhoe.iwi.nz for water taxi enquiries. 


waikaremoana

The Lake Waikaremoana Great Walk will be open with some restrictions under the red traffic light setting and per track repairs.  Please email Te Kura Whenua for the latest updates on teureweravc@ngaituhoe.iwi.nz 

 

water taxi

1Water Taxi Service Summer Season Panui 2022


hunting in te urewera

Currently, hunting in Te Urewera remains closed and access to the hunting permits page is inaccessible.

This is currently under review by the Te Urewera Board with consideration being given to the need for Te Urewera communities to access their pātaka kai (food pantry) as food scarcity and limited access to supermarkets creates hardship.

Tūhoe and Te Urewera Board wish to share these vital resources whilst balancing the needs of local communities. Please check in here for the latest updates on Hunting. A response is expected by end Feb. 


te urewera to open in feburary 

Please see the media release from Te Urewera Board, which exercises authority on behalf of, and speaks for, Te Urewera, announcing the re-opening of Te Urewera for recreational activity in February.
 
The key dates are: activity on Lake Waikaremoana resumes on 6 February (Waitangi Day), while all tracks, huts and the Great Walk will be re-opened on 14 February. 
 
Read the full media release here.

te urewera board on a potential re-opening date 

Please see the media release from Te Urewera Board, which exercises authority on behalf of, and speaks for, Te Urewera, announcing the aim to re-open Te Urewera in late Janurary under pandemic response plan.
 

Read the full media release here.


te urewera to remain closed in alert level 2  


alert LEVEL 3 LOCKDOWN IN TE UREWERA


Alert LEVEL 4 LOCKDOWN IN TE UREWERA 


FIREWOOD USE ON THE WAIKAREMOANA GREAT WALK


TREATING TE UREWERA WITH KINDNESS

SAFE AND RESPONSIBLE HUNTING IN TE UREWERA

SAFETY IN TE UREWERA

Hunters wishing to use a firearm in Te Urewera must abide by the conditions of the Arms Act 1983. See Safety in Te Urewera for specific Firearm Safety information.

PERMISSION FOR hunting in Te Urewera

Nā kawa that are to be followed in Te Urewera are detailed in hunting permits.
 
Your key responsibilities are summarised below:
  • Know where hunting is permitted and respect no hunting zones
  • Find out if the area you plan to hunt in has any special conditions which you need to support
  • Seek out local knowledge that might help with safety issues
  • Always carry your permit with you while you are in Te Urewera

PERMISSION FOR pigdog HUNTING IN TE UREWERA

Permission to hunt with pigdogs comes with additional kawa and responsibilities which are also detailed in the pigdog hunting permitsKiwi Aversion Training happens in Te Urewera every year for hunters with pigdogs.

HUNTING AROUND LAKE WAIKAREMOANA

  • There must be no discharge of a firearm within 500 metres of huts, tracks, campsites, road ends or any other public place in a manner that endangers property or endangers, frightens or annoys people.
  • There must be no discharge or loading of a firearm or other weapon within 500 metres either side of the Lake Waikaremoana Great Walk.
  • Spotlighting is prohibited

DUE DILLIGENCE AT MOKAU CAMPSITE

JANUARY 28 2021

Kia ora tātau, our team at Waikaremoana have expressed concerns about manuhiri staying at Mōkau campsite are deciding not to pay their campsite fees.

A gentle reminder to pay with cash on arrival at the self-registration stand, or with cash, visa or debit at Te Urewera Visitor Centre. The visitor center is located at Te Kura Whare, next to the Waikaremoana Holiday Park.

Te Urewera Visitor Centre can be contacted via phone: 06 8373 803 and email: teureweravc@ngaituhoe.iwi.nz


hunting closed in waikaremoana

JANUARY 21 2021

A reminder that all hunting in Waikaremoana is closed from the first Friday before Labour weekend to February 1 of every year. Hunting is closed due to the many manuhiri visiting the lake with family, friends and children. Keep yourself and others safe and enjoy the summer season. 

Click here for Te Urewera hunting areas


WAIKAREiti row boats

JANUARY 21 2021

A reminder that row boats can only be hired from the Te Urewera Visitor Centre. Our staff will be there to greet you, provide a safety briefing, and give you an update of changes in Te Urewera. There is also no public access on the islands due to our team working to eradicate pests.

Te Urewera Visitor Centre open Monday to Friday 8am to 4.30pm. Call us on 06 8373 803 or email teureweravc@ngaituhoe.iwi.nz.


WAIKAREMOANA WATER TAXI NOW OPERATING SEVEN DAYS

JANUARY 11 2021

For the remainder of the Summer season, this service will now be operating 7 days a week until Friday 16th April 2021


GRADING CONTRACTERS COMPLETED 

Maintanence included clearning foilage, filling pot holes and lifting the condition of the road standard.

All vehicle types can now travel without delays on the list of roads below:

  • Hopuruahine Landing road
  • Mokau Landing road
  • Aniwaniwa road
  • Te Awaawaroa (Rosie Bay) road
  • Onepoto Boat Ramp - Redoubt road

GRADING CONTRACTERS EXPECTED

7TH DECEMBER 2020 - 18TH DECEMBER 2020

All traffic travelling on the below listed roads should expect minor delays during this period. Please travel safely and according to the road work conditions. Roads affected:

  • Hopuruahine Landing road
  • Mokau Landing road
  • Aniwaniwa road
  • Te Awaawaroa (Rosie Bay) road
  • Onepoto Boat Ramp - Redoubt road

WAIKAREMOANA GREAT WALK TRACK REPAIRED NOTICE


waikaremoana water taxi timetable


WAIKAREMOANA GREAT WALK track closure notice

POSTED: 09 november 2020

The track is closed between Hopuruahine to Whananui hut due to a drop out that has taken 4 metres of the track and making it impassable. Our team has checked the track and will be working to have it open safely, as soon as possible. Please check our website for updates.

A complimentary water taxi service has been set up to transfer you Hopuruahine road end and whananui hut at 9.30am and 2.30pm daily until the track is re-opened.

Please visit Te Urewera visitor centre for more information, alternatively, call or email us on 06 8373 803 and teureweravc@ngaituhoe.iwi.nz.

Our office is located next to the Waikaremoana Holiday Park. Our office is open: Mon-Fri, 8am to 4.30pm.


RETURN TO ALERT LEVEL 1 

  • The Lake Waikaremoana Water Taxi Service service resumes from 23 September 2020. Before arriving or making your booking, please contact us to discuss your options. Email: teureweravc@ngaituhoe.iwi.nz or Phone: (06) 837 3803
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  • Te Urewera contiues to remain open at Alert Level 1 with safe practices - We require anyone who visits Te Urewera to fill in a trip report for COVID-19 contact tracing purposes. Please fill out the Te Urewera Trip Report, and read more information about Level 1 in Te Urewera below:
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ALERT LEVEL 2

  • Lake Waikaremoana Water Taxi Service is unavailable due to social distancing requirements. Before arriving or making your booking, please contact us to discuss your options. Email: teureweravc@ngaituhoe.iwi.nz or Phone: (06) 837 3803.
  • Te Urewera will remain open at Alert Level 2 with safe practices - We require anyone who visits Te Urewera to fill in a trip report for COVID-19 contact tracing purposes. Please fill out the Te Urewera Trip Report, and read more about our safe practices below:  


WAIKAREMOANA WATER TAXI service

At Alert Level 1, Tūhoe offers a Water Taxi service to and from each end of the Great Walk, and to individual huts and campsites around the lake, out of Te Kura Whenua (Te Urewera Visitor Centre, Lake Waikaremoana).

We want to do our best to provide a great experience for manuhiri (our guests) in Te Urewera. Since 2018 when a previous water taxi service exited abruptly leaving visitors stranded, Tūhoe has provided a taxi as a service to manuhiri to allow full enjoyment of the Great Walk.

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update on firebox replacements in

te urewera

Tūhoe offers a Water Taxi service to and from each end of the Great Walk, and to individual huts and campsites around the lake, out of Te Kura Whenua (Te Urewera Visitor Centre, Lake Waikaremoana).

As part of a hut assessment completed last year, safety issues were found with some fireplaces.  Faulty fireboxes were removed and alterations made to those where minor works were needed. We had hoped to get all replacement fireboxes installed before the winter period, however the Covid-19 epidemic has delayed this.  Things are now back in progress, with the manufacture of replacement fireboxes now underway and a plan to install in July – August. 

In the meantime, if you are heading into any of these huts please be aware that fireboxes may not yet be installed and so please plan your trip accordingly. Once we have a confirmed plan for installation, we will publish an update along with any relevant requests to ensure the work can be carried out safely.   

The following is the revised list of 12 huts scheduled for the replacement firebox installations.  
 
Koaunui Hut
Kaharoa Hut 
Te Mapou Hut 
Te Pua Hut
Ngatamatea Hut 
Waikare Junction Hut 
Manaohau Hut
Mangapouri Hut
Ngahiramai Hut
Central Waiau Hut
Manuoha Hut
Maraunui Hut 
 
 

COVID-19 ALERT LEVEL 1

As we move into Level 1, here are a few things you need to know:


HELI-operators approved to work within te urewera

Below are the approved hunting heli-operators working safely with Tūhoe in Te Urewera. If you see any other operators in Te Urewera, they shouldn’t be there. Let us know at korero@ngaituhoe.iwi.nz

Heli-Resources
Website : heliresources.co.nz
Email : info@heliresources.co.nz
Phone : (07) 366 5267
Derek : 021 943 641
Tony : 021 784 529

HELI RESOURCES      HELI RESOURCES 2

Heli Hire
Website: helihire.co.nz
Phone: 0800 HELI HIRE
Cell Phone: 027 494 7214
HELI HIRE 
 


TE UREWERA TO RE-open at level 2 - with -19 safety measures 

Te Urewera Board has outlined the conditions under which Te Urewera's walking tracks, huts, hunting, fishing and boat ramps will re-open in Alert Level 2, in order to keep local communities safe and ensure COVID-19 does not enter vulnerable communities following a succesful lockdown. Lake Waikaremoana Water taxi service will remain closed due to social distancing protocol. Read the Te Urewera Board statement here.

If you are planning to visit Te Urewera, and for COVID-19 contact tracing purposes, you need to fill out our online trip report.

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te urewera to remain closed under level 3 

With a pending move to level 3 restrictions being announced by the Government, the Te Urewera Board has reviewed its own responsibilities as the human voice of Te Urewera. The Board has decided that at L3 COVID-19 restrictions in Te Urewera will remain closed to hunting and recreational activities. You can read the Te Urewera Board statement here.


Te Urewera checkpoints

 


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TE UREWERA CLOSED TO PUBLIC: COVID-19

Tūhoe and Te Urewera Board have announced that all huts, campgrounds, walks (including Lake Waikaremoana Great Walk), freedom camping areas in Te Urewera, and Lake Waikaremoana will be closed in line with the Government's announcement of a Level 4 Alert for COVID-19. 

The announcement includes all huts, back country huts, designated paid campgrounds and freedom camping areas. It includes use of boat ramps and the DOC managed Waikaremoana Holiday Park.

"The Prime Minister has asked all New Zealanders to return home now," Te Urewera Board and Tūhoe Te Uru Taumatua Chair Tāmati Kruger said. "After that, travel within New Zealand will face significant restrictions except for workers in essential services."

"Our Tūhoe kaimahi will be checking tracks, huts and campsites in Te Urewera and assisting all visitors currently in Te Urewera to get home, and have been ensuring no visitors begin the Great Walk in the past two days."

"The health and safety of manuhiri (visitors) and tanata whenua is paramount to Te Urewera Board and Tūhoe. We must play our part as all New Zealanders must in order to contain the spread of COVID-19."

"The entire population of the country is now in self-isolation. We must emphasise that Te Urewera is not suitable for self-isolation. If you do not live in Te Urewera, while the country is at Level Four Alert, you must not be in Te Urewera. The Prime Minister has urged, and we emphasise, that people must stay at home and self-isolate locally."

"This is a national civil defence emergency and a health and safety threat affecting the entire community of Te Urewera and the country as a whole."

"We see Te Urewera as a single living system, and tanata whenua and manuhiri have a special place in it. Our role as kaitiaki of Te Urewera in this case means ensuring this closure is respected. All hut and camp bookings to 30 June 2020 have been cancelled and will be refunded automatically. Water taxi bookings will be refunded by Tūhoe Te Uru Taumatua."

Tāmati Kruger

Chairman.


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LAKE WAIKAREMOANA GREAT WALK WATER TAXI

Tūhoe offers a Water Taxi service to and from each end of the Great Walk, and to individual huts and campsites around the lake, out of Te Kura Whenua (Te Urewera Visitor Centre, Lake Waikaremoana).

For full information on routes and prices CLICK HERE

We want to do our best to provide a great experience for manuhiri (our guests) in Te Urewera. Since 2018 when a previous water taxi service exited abruptly leaving visitors stranded, Tūhoe has provided a taxi as a service to manuhiri to allow full enjoyment of the Great Walk.

We use the same service boats that are also used for operational and conservation work around the lake, skippered by our Tūhoe kaimahi (workers) who are intimately involved in the day to day care of Te Urewera. The fees cover the service's costs and with any surplus going towards our conservation efforts. Because these are working boats, the number of trips we can make per day is strictly limited and we encourage you to book early to enjoy a hassle free visit to Waikaremoana!

If you need to make any changes to your Great Walk bookings, log into your account with the DOC Great Walk Booking Service 

Note:

- There is no land taxi service currently available.

- Because of lower lake levels, boats cannot berth in Hopuruahine at the far end of the Great Walk track. Pick-ups and Drop-offs are currently at Whananui hut to the west. 

Water Taxi Service Panui [NOV 2019]

 


FIREBOX REMOVAL AND UPGRADE IN TE UREWERA HUTS

For your health and safety we are removing old fireboxes and upgrading with new in the following huts in Te Urewera:

Koanui Hut
Te Mapou Hut
Manaohau Hut
Waikare Junction Hut
Te Pua Hut
Ngahiramai Hut
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