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Surprise Snow Dumping at Waikaremoana - Leaves Great Walk Temporarily Closed
10 July 2015

Due to an extremely high dumping of snow in our Waikaremōana region, the Te Urewera Board advises that our Lake Waikaremōana Great Walk and other services are temporarily closed until safer passage can be assured.

The Te Urewera biodiversity team made up of Tūhoe and DOC team members have been assisting trampers and people from snowed in vehicles from yesterday and a helicopter sweep for people still on the track is underway today.  Brown Elia, the Lake Waikaremōana Tribal Biodiversity Manager says it has been a few years since Waikaremōana has seen this amount of snow. “Road access is blocked in places, and there is currently one foot of snow at the Waikaremōana Holiday Park, so we expect fallen trees, debri and other hazards will likely exist on the Great Walk and all other tracks within the region.” 

State Highway 38 is closed from Onepoto north to Ruatahuna. Drivers are not to try and use State Highway 38/Special Purpose Road 38 as an alternate route to State Highway 1 or 2.

Tāmati Kruger, on behalf of Te Urewera Board says that everybody is working quickly to re-open Waikaremōana for our combined safety and enjoyment, our manuhiri that visit during school holidays are hugely enjoyed by the staff and locals, who come to Waikaremōana especially to be a part of these blustery environs. 


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9 years ago Richard Buckland

Tried to get thru on Wed 8th to start the walk on Thurs. It was stunningly beautiful! Until I got car stuck and unstuck in the snow before giving up and driving back to Wairoa. By the time I realised it was dicey, it was too late to pull out. Managed to turn around at the entrance to the camping grounds, before helping tourists who were stuck in the snow trying to use SH38 as alternative to Napier-Taupo. SH38 is still not marked as closed on the NZTA site. I will be back to do the walk (one day).

9 years ago Rehua Katau Winitana

I would still love to walk in Te Urewera, i guess this is a very rare time to be able to see Waikaremoana and Te Urewera given a white fall of snow to a great aesthetic view.