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Alerts and Important Information

Alert LEVEL 2 LOCKDOWN IN TE UREWERA


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

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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 covid-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
Mangapouri Hut
Te Totara Hut
Manuoha Hut
Waipotiki Hut
Duckville Hut
Ngatamatea Hut 
 
The removal of these fireboxes will mean that fires will not be able to be lit inside these huts at all until the new fireboxes have been installed. Removal will take place during the week of the 23rd of September 2019, and replacements are being scheduled for shortly afterwards. There will be a lag time between removal and replacement Therefore planning your trip to accommodate this will be not only necessary but wise. 
 
Please follow this publication for updates on their replacement. Thank you for your understanding and patience. 
 
firebox huts
 

WAIKAREMOANA GREAT WALK TRACK

This time of the year brings strong winds and heavy rains to Te Urewera. Recent wet weather patterns means windfall and wash out have effected parts of the Great Walk at Waikaremoana.

Part of the track near the Tapuaenui day shelter has been closed due to a wash out – our kaimahi are rerouting the track to ensure safety which will take a small diversion before reconnecting to the Great Walk.

Please remember to report any washouts or windfall to the team at Te Kura Whenua.

Te Kura Whenua (Monday to Friday 8:00 am – 4:30 pm)
6249 Lake Road/SH38
Waikaremoana 4195

Phone: +64 6 837 3803

Email:  teureweravc@ngaituhoe.iwi.nz


WATER TAXI SERVICE NOW AVAILIBLE

The team at Te kura Whenua in Waikaremoana are now offering a Water Taxi Service. 

For the updated prices and departure times, please CLICK HERE


Waikaremoana Great Walk fully open 19/03/2019

In September 2018 Te Urewera, Waikaremoana experienced some extreme weather patterns. Heavy rainfall caused Rivers to swell to capacity, flash flooding, road closure due to many slips and blowouts and trees were left piled underneath rock and rubble.

This weather event caused Waikaremoana to be cut off from Wairoa and Ruatāhuna for a week. Fortunately, there were no casualties and everyone remained in good spirits during this time.

The Waikaremoana Great Walk also took a lashing, with these manmade objects no match for natures force.  After a review of the GW, serious safety issues were found between Waiopāoa and Waiharuru.

After an assessment of the track, and based on the high risks to Human safety the tracked was closed until repairs could be completed.

A lot of time and effort went into the planning of the repair work and the approach to this was guided by the principles from Te Kawa o Te Urewera as well as the concept of our Living buildings. 

The delay caused frustration for those who had booked to do the GW as repairs took longer than anticipated, we offer our sincere gratitude for the patience and understanding shown while Tūhoe and DOC worked through their difference of approach.

We can now report that repairs have been completed on the closed area of the track.  Karakia has been completed by hau kaina and the partially closed part of the track is now fully open.


lake waikaremoana great walk enquiries

For all enquiries regarding your Te Urewera visitor experience, including the Lake Waikaremoana Great Walk, please contact the team at:
 
Te Kura Whenua (Monday to Friday 8:00 am – 4:30 pm)
6249 Lake Road/SH38
Waikaremoana 4195

Phone: +64 6 837 3803
Email:  teureweravc@ngaituhoe.iwi.nz


WATER TAXI SERVICE WAIKAREMOANA

The team at Te Kura Whenua, Waikaremoana are offering a limited and temporary water taxi service on Lake Waikaremoana. This is because the local water taxi provider ‘Big Bush’ recently ended its water taxi services.

If you are needing a shuttle for land-based travel we urge you to contact our Te Kura Whenua team as they may be able to offer a complimentary service. We hope this helps with your travel arrangements and you are able to come and enjoy Te Urewera and Waikaremoana.

Departure Time: 10am and 2pm Daily

Leaving From: Waiopaoa/Waiharuru

Going To: Waiharuru/Waiopaoa

Cost: One Way - Child $25; Adult (13+) $50; Family (2 adults & up to 3 children) $120.


meet our te urewera hut wardens

As word continues to spread about the legal personhood of Te Urewera, so too does the return of Tūhoe to their traditional homelands after many, many years. This includes a revitalized Tūhoe presence at Lake Waikaremoana, where kaitiaki (guardians) are working as skippers on the water taxis, and are also stationed at the huts dotted around the lake to welcome manuhiri. Meet the team, and gain a little insight into what they do by clicking here.


20/12/2018 ohora swing bridge closure

For safety reasons Ohora Swing Bridge near Ruatoki has been closed due to structural concerns, and will remain closed until further notice. Crossing the stream at Ohora is possible in low flows, but please stay within the limits of your abilities. Plan for your safety and ensure that you are prepared for all conditions.

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20/12/2018 - THE TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF THE SECTION OF THE GREAT WALK BETWEEN WAIOPAOA HUT AND WAIHARURU HUT REMAINS IN PLACE. 

It is unsafe to use this part of the track until all repairs are completed. A timber structure bridge has been compromised and a culvert on this part of the track has been washed away. This means; Korokoro campsite, Marauiti Hut and Maraunui campsite are not accessible by land – only by water during this temporary closure.  To limit disruption the Te Kura Whenua team led by Tina and Here have actioned a temporary water ferry service that includes a ferry from Waiopaoa Hut-Waiharuru Hut and visa-versa to bypass the closed part of the track, this will operate until the closed part of the track is reopened. Scheduled water taxi service runs also operate between Te Karetu and the Great Walk start/end points at Onepoto and Hopuruahine.  A land based shuttle is also available from both ends of the great walk. 


2/10/2018: Waikaremoana Great Walk Track update

The section of the Great Walk track from Waiopaoa to Waiharuru remains closed while work continues to address critical damage to track and structures.  Our team has been in to clear away fallen trees and we are working through repair options to two remaining structures in order to bring this section of track back to an acceptable level of safety. We are very aware that many have bookings over the school holidays and we are therefore working hard to get the repairs completed as quickly as we can, and be in a position to signal an estimated re-opening date soon. We will keep you updated on progress as it becomes available, and appreciate your understanding while we work through this. As previously communicated, whilst the Waiopaoa to Waiharuru section is temporarily closed, water taxi options are available and the majority of the Great Walk remains open. We invite you to also consider one or more of the many short walk tracks that are open around Waikaremoana - they offer alternative options for manuhiri to experience the beautiful scenery and learn about the local history.  These shorter walks allow you to take in the beauty of waterfalls, small lakes, cave systems, lookouts and Lake Waikareiti.  They can be as short as the 20 min Hinau Track to the 8hr return trip to Sandy Bay Hut on the shores of Lake Waikareiti.

For more information, keep checking this webpage, or feel free to drop into the Te Urewera Visitor Centre and speak with Tina.  Alternatively, call her on 06 8373 803 or email teureweravc@ngaituhoe.iwi.nz


21/09/2018 WAIKAREMOANA GREAT WALK TRACK – PARTIAL RE-OPENING

More good news: While, for safety reasons, the Waiopaoa Hut to Waiharuru Hut section of the Great Walk track remains temporarily closed, the section from Onepoto through to Waiopaoa Hut has been cleared by our team and is now open.  As a result, the majority (but not all) of the Great Walk track is now accessible for manuhiri to enjoy.

Open now:

· From Hopuruahine through to Waiharuru Hut; and

·  From Onepoto up to Panekire Hut and through to Waiopaoa Hut. 

All accommodation on the Great Walk Track is open, however, Marauiti Hut, Maraunui Campsite and Korokoro Campsite will only be accessible by boat as these are located within the closed section.   

As a reminder, as well as the Great Walk track there are many beautiful short and medium walk tracks around Waikaremoana that offer alternative options for your enjoyment.  We now have manuhiri considering or starting to explore what these alternative tracks have to offer.   

For more information, keep checking this webpage, or feel free to drop into the Te Urewera Visitor Centre and speak with Tina.  Alternatively, call her on 06 8373 803 or email teureweravc@ngaituhoe.iwi.nz


18/09/2018: Waikaremoana great walk - partial re-opening

 
Waikaremoana recently experienced severe weather conditions with strong winds and heavy rainfall over a short period. We have carried out a safety assessment and found a small number of critical structural issues in one section - including windfall and damage to a bridge and culvert, which will require some time to rectify.  
 
The good news: While, for safety reasons, we are keeping the Waiopaoa to Waiharuru section temporarily closed, there are still parts of the Great Walk that are available for manuhiri to enjoy.   
 
  • Open now: Hopuruahine through to Waiharuru Hut.
  • Open from 6am, 21/09/18: Onepoto to Panekire Hut and through to Waiopaoa Hut.  
 
You will have the opportunity to book and stay at Panekire and Waiopaoa huts with the option of walking back or catching a water taxi, this will be the same with Hopuruahine through to Waiharuru where you will be able to book and stay at the Waiharuru and Whanganui Huts.  All accommodation on the Great Walk will be open, however Marauiti Hut and Korokoro Campsite will only be accessible by boat.   
 
Please also consider one or more of the many short walk tracks that are all open around Waikaremoana - they offer alternative options for manuhiri to enjoy the beautiful scenery and learn about the local history.  These shorter walks allow you to take in the beauty of waterfalls, small lakes, cave systems, lookouts and Lake Waikareiti, and can be as short as the 20min Hinau Track to an 8hr return trip to Sandy Bay Hut on the shores of Lake Waikareiti. See more information on the short walks below.
 
Above all – stay safe and help us by lending your eyes and ears: 
Plan your trip; 
Tell someone your plans;
Be aware of the weather;
Know your limits;
Take sufficient supplies; and
Note any safety conditions: take photos, identify the location and let us know.
 

Other Walks at Waikaremoana

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Aniwaniwa Area

 

Black Beech Track

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