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.
Around the visitor centre and the Holiday Park are a few water falls...:
...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.
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:
On the second day a look back to the ranges:
The Water Taxi Pickup Point which marks the End of the Great Walk: