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Waikaremoana Discovery Tour     ( (j F, Y) )

"You guys provide great coffee on the trip!"
"You guys provide great coffee on the trip!"
"Excellent day trips, food and support."
"Excellent day trips, food and support."
"Top marks on everything!"
"Top marks on everything!"
"Waterfalls, lake views. Total experience fantastic!"
"Waterfalls, lake views. Total experience fantastic!"
"A really lovely group of guides. Their knowledge was terrific!"
"A really lovely group of guides. Their knowledge was terrific!"
"Love that you can borrow gear for free, if needed"
"Love that you can borrow gear for free, if needed"
"Guides were brilliant! Helpful, friendly & great sense of humour made the trip!"
"Guides were brilliant! Helpful, friendly & great sense of humour made the trip!"
"One of the best run walks I
"One of the best run walks I've ever been on!"
Gorgeous, lakeside chalets with ensuites and great views!
Gorgeous, lakeside chalets with ensuites and great views!
4 Days
30 - 40km
(18 - 24 miles)
Depart Rotorua
NZD$1000 per child
(15 years and under)

Waikaremoana Discovery Tour Summary

Explore the best of Lake Waikaremoana, Whirinaki 'Dinosaur' Forest and Te Urewera on this New Zealand walking holiday.

Journey deep into the North Island's most remote and untouched wilderness area, Te Urewera, where the mountains are cloaked in mist, mysticism and primordial forest. Walk some of the most spectacular sections of the Lake Waikaremoana Great Walk track and explore the world-famous Whirinaki 'Dinosaur' Forest, while staying in comfortable lodgings.

  • Join a small group
  • 4 days / 3 nights all-inclusive New Zealand walking holiday
  • Flexible itinerary - can be tailored to suit most fitness levels
  • Carry a day pack only
  • Includes: all meals and trail snacks; wine; 3 star lodge accommodation; return Rotorua transport; passionate and experienced guides
  • Optional activities: trout fishing; amazing natural hot spring swim

Waikaremoana Discovery Tour Full Itinerary

Day One: Whirinaki Forest

Day Two: Panekire Bluffs

Day Three: Lake Waikareiti

Day Four: Lake Waikaremoana Great Walk

Questions & Answers


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During the Waikaremoana Discovery Tour we stay in peaceful, lakeside chalets with great views over Lake Waikaremoana. The chalets are simple but comfortable, with hot showers, good beds and linen, heat pumps and ensuite bathrooms. Rooms are twin share or double. Single rooms are available on request. World-class trout fishing is on offer in the lake at the front door step. Dinner is served in the lodge dining room, and consists of a hearty main meal followed by dessert. The meals are classic New Zealand fare, with plenty of vegetables and salads.


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The walking trails on the Waikaremoana Discovery Tour are of easy to moderate difficulty, and range from well-formed paths to tracks broken with tree roots, rocks and mud. Your guide will choose the best walks to suit the group's interests and abilities. Walking times can vary between 2 to 6 hours per day. You will need to carry a daypack with your lunch, water, raincoat and jersey.


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The Waikaremoana Discovery Tour departs Rotorua regularly, between November to May.

Check out our Walk Calendar.

If none of these dates suit please contact us, we may be able to add more departures, and offer exclusive trips for groups. This trip is also available in winter on demand, please contact us for details.

Do I need to pay a deposit?

Yes - we take a $300 deposit, per person, per walk at the time of booking. The remaining balance is due 1 month before departure, we'll send you a friendly reminder in advance! 


Credit cards and I do not get along. Can I pay by other means?

Absolutely, we also accept payment via online banking. When you book you will receive a booking confirmation email that contains our direct debit information. 


Life has other plans for me - I need to cancel my holiday! Can I get my deposit back?

We completely understand that sometimes the best laid plans go to waste. All is not lost! We can simply transfer you to another date of your choosing. There is no expiry date on transferring your deposit - you can use it anytime in the future! 

If transferring just isn't going to work for you we'll refund your money. The amount we can refund is determined by when you cancel your booking. Click here for our full terms and conditions, or email

Should I bring cash with me on the tour?

It's not essential, but it's a good alternative for when the electronic payment (EFTPOS) system we use in New Zealand is not working.

Our tours are all-inclusive and we'll take really good care of you but you may wish to treat yourself to an extra coffee or a real fruit ice cream when the opportunity arises! It's good to have a small amount of cash in your pocket to take care of this. 

We offer a glass of wine or beer with dinner. Additional drinks can be purchased on all our tours, with the exception of the Lake Waikaremoana Guided Walk. 


Can I bring a suitcase?

Yes, we are suitcase-friendly! On our lodge-based tours (Coromandel Explorer, Great Barrier Island Escape, Tongariro Hiking Tour, Waikaremoana Discovery Tour) we stay in the same lodge each night so there’s no stressful re-packing each morning. All you need is a small backpack while you’re on the trail, so pop one of those in your suitcase and you’ll be all set! 


I'm driving myself to the departure point, where can I park my car?

For the Waikaremoana Discoveory Tour, it's best to choose accommodation in Rotorua that is happy for you to leave your car in their parking lot while you are out on the trail with us. We will happily drop you back to your car when we return to Rotorua. If you're taking a different route please check with our reservations team - we will help you find the best solution. Just send an email to

I suffer from terrible car sickness, what are the roads like?

Good question! In general, the roads we travel are well-maintained, bitumen-surfaced single carriageways. 

The access road to Lake Waikaremoana has a 100 kilometre section of un-sealed, dusty gravel road with many sharp corners. If the road hasn’t been graded for a while there can be surface corrugations that make the trip bumpy. If you suffer from car sickness, please equip yourself with whatever remedies you prefer to use to alleviate the discomfort. The best time to purchase medicinal supplies is in Rotorua before we leave.


I am travelling alone, who will I be sharing a room with?

The accommodation on our tours is based on twin share. If you'd prefer to have your own room, please select the single supplement option in the online booking form. This will ensure you have a room to yourself. If you're happy to share, you will be placed in a twin room with another adventure-buddy of the same gender in separate beds.

Will I need something nice to wear in the evenings?

You’re on holiday after all, so why not!? Guests on this tour eat together in the lodge restaurant each night, so it’s a good idea to have something nice to wear out to dinner. They’re extremely informal occasions, so tidy casual clothes are fine. 

I have a specialty diet - can you cater for me?

Absolutely. We are happy to accommodate guests with specialty diets, we appreciate as much advance notice as possible. If we don't receive adequate advanced notice, we may not be able to fully cater for dietary needs as we sometimes operate in an extremely isolated environment and it is not always possible to access specialty foods. Please ensure you advise us as early as possible if you have dietary requirements.

Does the lodge have wi-fi?

Yes, there is wi-fi at the lodge so you'll be able to check email but it isn't accessible from every room. The best signal can be found in the reception area. 

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