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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...

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...

Appeal to Lake visitors

6 November 2019

Ngai Tuhoe iwi have a solution to help ensure illegal campsites and the effects these have on the shores of Lake Waikaremoana do not happen again. The campsites were set up during Labour Weekend. Native bush was cut down, home-made showers and toilets were set up, “a beer bottle wall” was erected in a kiwi sanctuary and rubbish was left behind.   “Being ‘tangata whenua’ (people of the land) is...

Press Release: New Zealand Walking Access Commission People have a duty to care for the land and its kaitiaki when they visit it, says Walking Access Commission Ara Hīkoi Aotearoa Chief Executive Ric Cullinane. Cullinane says news that freedom campers and visitors are dumping rubbish and felling trees at Lake Waikaremoana is deeply saddening. "Te Urewera is a unique and beautiful place. It now holds its own legal personhood...

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