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Te Urewera will reopen under alert level 2 but there will be strict safety guidelines in place. The guardians of the whenua, Ngāi Tūhoe, closed the huts, campgrounds, boat ramps, walks and freedom camping areas for the duration of level three. Te Urewera Board chair Tāmati Kruger said it would reopen for visitors once the country moves into alert level 2 tomorrow. He said all visitors to Te Urewera, whether it be for walking, camping,...

All huts, campgrounds, and walks — including the Great Walk — at Lake Waikaremoana are closed. Every hut and camp booking until June 30 has been cancelled, and refunds have been issued. Te Urewera Board chairman Tamati Kruger said Te Urewera, where Lake Waikaremoana is, would be closed to all public during the lockdown period. Boat ramps are closed and there is no hunting or fishing. This nationwide lockdown covers the...

I took my two young girls over to Lake Waikaremoana this year for an overnight tramp. The staff at the visitor centre (thanks for the jump start, Erin), on the water taxi and the ranger at the hut could not have been nicer or more accommodating. This Pakeha family had a fantastic experience and look forward to many more trips to Waikaremoana.   Steve   Gisborne...

Tuhoe say they would never deny anyone — Maori or Pakeha — access to Lake Waikaremoana but as kaitiaki (guardians) of Te Urewera they will make sure their land is treated with respect.   This reassurance comes after a contentious summer season where two families, who were regulars at the lake, were asked to leave their freedom camping spots, and boat users were told not to drink alcohol on the lake.   A...

Take a moment to relax, close your eyes, and picture a place that makes you feel serene. Where is this place? What can you see, hear, and feel?   If you found yourself in nature, then you just experienced a decrease in your stress and anxiety levels. Studies have shown that whether you are experiencing nature first-hand, in virtual reality, or through sounds and photos, you are proven to become happier, healthier, and more...

Rubbish dumping at one of New Zealand's most picturesque lakes was getting so bad there was talk it would be closed off to visitors.   But a Ngāi Tūhoe spokesperson said things are beginning to change, although there is still hostility towards iwi members from some long-time holidaymakers.   "We're getting there, but it's not something that's going to happen overnight," Tamati Kruger...

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