Lake Waikaremoana Great Walk

Lake Waikaremoana Great Walk

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Susanne

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Nice walk, peaceful feeling.

Reviewed almost 5 years ago and experienced in January 2017

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Julian Gury

France

Ranking: 9/10

Beautiful walk around the lake and impressive view at the top of the hill for the first morning. But the water taxi is too expensive.

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in October 2016

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Sylvain Chanton

Switzerland

Ranking: 10/10

Very nice walk around the lake. Very good huts.

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in October 2016

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Sylvain Schiber

Ranking: 9/10

Did it in October in 3 days/ 2 nights. If you do it clockwise you will start with the "hard" part. DOC office & water taxi ($50) on the road.

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Rolf

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Nice and lovely walk. If you have the chance to do it. Lovely view of the lake.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Flora Kiessling

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Not so crowded, wonderfully located huts, very varied, peaceful, breathtaking views.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Johannes Marold

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Great nature, especially the first day. Untouched, ancient forest like in a fairytale.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Tatiana Racheneau

France

Ranking: 10/10

Our first Great Walk in New Zealand! Challenging in two days. Very popular (access by boat) but we really enjoyed the landscape with the lake and the bush changing often. Much shade on sunny days!

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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George

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful walk through native bush. Passing several little lakes and isolated tracks. At Lake Waikareiti you can hire a rowing boat.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in February 2016

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Emily Pohlmann

Germany

Ranking: 7/10

Nice three day walk but really hard to walk.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in February 2016

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Tim Ronke

New Zealand

Ranking: 9/10

Awesome walk. Good fishing. The huts are primo.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in February 2016

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Frenziska Schmid

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

It was such a beautiful walk! You have awesome views from the top and an amazing forest to tramp through. But you can easily do it in three days as well.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in February 2016

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Laura Moore

United States

Ranking: 8/10

The beautiful panoramic of the lake made the gruelling climb worth it! The basic lodges gave the experience a rustic feel (which was exactly what we wanted!). Well signed, a great tramp.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Robin Brandl

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Three day tramp. Started at the Onepoto Campsite and finished earlier because of a broken bridge. Great walk through the woods!

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Tobi

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Amazing trek with awesome views from the ridge. I am not in that good shape, therefore getting up and down the ridge was pretty tough. Did the trek in four days (three nights), would recommend the same to everyone that is not really in good shape.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago

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Annett Kiessling

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

You are surrounded by a lot of breathtaking landscapes. The huts and campsites are in really good condition and the track is not crowded.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Roland Fischer

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Not too crowded, well maintained campsites.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Till

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Great views for Mt Panekire, but in my opinion, one of the weakest Great Walks. If you are short of time, go for another Great Walk first!

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in November 2015

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Max Mustermann

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Not too many people on the track. It never gets boring because the vegetation changes every day.

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in February 2016

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Maxim Motheus

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Breathtaking scenery, wonderfully located and warm huts, fantastic wildlife. Totally manageable within three days. Glass clear water.

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in February 2016

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Carmen Pramstaller

Italy

Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful. The estimated walking hours was very highly prescribed in the DOC maps. We would have done 2 days on 1! Too many sandflies.

Reviewed about 6 years ago

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Kyle Johnson

United States

Ranking: 8/10

Starting from Onepoto with help from Big Bush, this walk is not for beginner hikers. The first leg is strenuous but the views are breathtaking. Not overcrowded like the Tongariro Crossing can be but that may be due to the difficulty of the hike.

Reviewed about 6 years ago

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Taylor Fabricius

United States

Ranking: 8/10

Beautiful walks and another one of the Great Walks. You walk through a dense forest with a huge lake next to you that offers a nice breeze. At the end of the track a water taxi comes to pick you up.

Reviewed about 6 years ago

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Markus Wabing

Germany

Ranking: 6/10

Walked the Great Walk (40 km), in two days. The path was not as good as I expected but the view of the lake was just beautiful. Also had a swim in the lake, so refreshing.

Reviewed about 6 years ago

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Elsa Caniato

France

Ranking: 8/10

Nice walk of three days in the complete nature. Very few people on the track and it was very quiet. Landscape was amazing! Only thing: some huts are not so great, we expected better for a great walk and for the price.

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in December 2015

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Julia Martin

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

We did this track in four days and it was amazing! The views around the lake are just awesome. Sadly the track is not in a good condition everywhere.

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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Tereza Fajfroua

Czech Republic

Ranking: 9/10

Beautiful views and for free!

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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Jakub Trojanek

Czech Republic

Ranking: 7/10

We went the first part of the track only. Just up the hill for a view, have a snack and then go back again. Enjoyable walk.

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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Marilyn and Steffen

Germany

Ranking: 7/10

Nice lookouts, brochure diagram of the altitude was not exact.

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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Meredith Griffiths

Canada

Ranking: 10/10

We only hiked in the area for a couple of hours but it was absolutely beautiful. Great walk through the forest, views of the lake on the way up and a nice rock outcrop where you can stop for lunch. Gorgeous area.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Alex

New Zealand

Ranking: 7/10

Having tramped all over the South Island, I wasn't that taken with Waikerimoana but there are some great views and nothing to complain about. If you're on a budget or a time frame, and you're going to the South Island anyway, I'd only try and fit in the Tongariro crossing in the North Island and save your hut passes for the South Island.

Reviewed almost 8 years ago and experienced in January 2014

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Jared Hermansson

New Zealand

Ranking: 9/10

Stunning lake, beautiful water, petrified underwater forest very eerie, huts looked after well.

Reviewed almost 8 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Anne Rodofsen

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

Only go when good weather. Otherwise slippery. Nice hike.

Reviewed over 9 years ago and experienced in December 2012

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Jens Moller

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

A really nice walking track we did in three days, it was a little bit too fast, too hard. Wonderful view from the top over the lake.

Reviewed over 9 years ago and experienced in March 2012

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Brian Livesey

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Walk to the lake and beyond and both sets of falls, lake views all the way along to die for.

Reviewed almost 10 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Magda Savels

Belgium

Ranking: 5/10

We did the walk around the lake in two and a half days, the reason for the five that I gave are the huts dirty, and there is nothing, not even drinkable water. And yet you have to pay a lot for the huts (never again!) and the shuttle!

Reviewed about 10 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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John Jacobs

Belgium

Ranking: 9/10

3 day or 5 day walk around the lake, stunning scenery, great huts with water, interesting visitor centre, clean and tidy campground at track start.

Reviewed about 10 years ago and experienced in January 2012

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Todd Pang

United States

Ranking: 10/10

Faantastic because of its seclusion and difficulty for droves of poeple to get to.

Reviewed almost 12 years ago and experienced in March 2011

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J Holden

New Zealand

Ranking: 9/10

Great walk - Good camp facilities provided by DOC. Water taxi pick up anad drop off.

Reviewed about 11 years ago

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Barbara & Sebastian

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Fantastic walk, better in four than three days.

Reviewed over 11 years ago and experienced in February 2010

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Anne Veser

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Five days, blue sky, it was ok to walk (for an untrained almost person) the lake is amazing and the nature beautiful...

Reviewed about 12 years ago

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selinab

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

So beautiful!!

Reviewed over 12 years ago

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discerner

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

New Zealands top out door mag wilderness ranked this NZs best walk I'm inclined to agree.

Reviewed over 12 years ago

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richards1

New Zealand

Ranking: 9/10

Great (winding) drive from Rotorua. Great walk and great lake. Also, the walk to lake Waikariti is very good.

Reviewed almost 13 years ago