Days 93-95 Urewera National Park

April 11, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

After all the tourist crowds in and around Rotorua it was time for quietness and nature again. A good 150km from Rotorua is the Lake Waikaremoana in the Urewera National Park. About 100 km of the road are unsealed so it became a quite rough and long drive.

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Around the visitor centre and the Holiday Park are a few water falls...: nat-NZ-urewera-aniwaniwa_fallsnat-NZ-urewera-aniwaniwa_falls

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...and another lake: Lake Waikareiti which has 6 islands. On the largest Island is again a lake, so that's a lake on and island in a lake on an island in the ocean.

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The main thing though is the Great Walk which goes roughly half-way around Lake Waikaremoana. On the first day you go up the Panakiri Ranges and get some fantastic views:

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nat-NZ-urewera-lake_waikaremoana-4nat-NZ-urewera-lake_waikaremoana-4 On the second day a look back to the ranges:

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A duck:

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The Water Taxi Pickup Point which marks the End of the Great Walk:

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