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Te Urewera National Park
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Immense and rugged national park features the largest forested wilderness in New Zealand's North Island.
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John H
Auckland, New Zealand59 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
Urewera National Park trip.
We had the best guide ever! Anh Tuyet Tran - thank you Anh.
Although not born in New Zealand, this lady had done her homework. She had the history, the geography and the steering wheel well and truly under control. Her commentary, organization and attitude was perfect, a real joy to experience. Match that with the environment, the accommodation, the meals and you have a perfect week. We saw plenty of logging trucks in the area and Anh could have driven one of these too.
It was great to be in the real New Zealand bush too.
Jan & John Heynen
Written 5 June 2023
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Beinghana
Cusco, Peru26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020 • Solo
Please note that Te Urewera has not been a designated National Park since 2013. The Te Urewera Act 2014 recognises Te Urewera as it's own legal entity.
"Te Urewera now owns itself, and exists for its own sake.The Tūhoe tribal authority, Te Uru Taumatua, provides operational management of Te Urewera and the Lake Waikaremoana Great Walk. The Department of Conservation provides support and assistance with former national park assets."
Written 14 June 2020
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JJawandering
Lethbridge, Canada333 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2017 • Solo
You need a good vehicle and plenty of time to get here by very twisty roads. Plan to stay at least 3 days. Be sure to do some well signposted walks in this remote area. The native temperate rainforests are exquisite! This is a high rainfall area so dress accordingly.
Written 18 November 2017
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Hone T
Te Awamutu, New Zealand49 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2016
A brilliant and exhilarating place to visit and listen to. The trees, talk, the birds sing songs, and the animal life bring spirits to life
Written 6 November 2017
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Mary Ellen W
Napier, New Zealand214 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2015
After half a dozen visits, I was looking forward to slipping in to the routine: walks, photography, chat with the DoC staff. But no this time was extra special the stars blew me away. Dec 15 16 prime time for meteorite watching.
Written 19 December 2015
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Julie M
Hamilton, New Zealand135 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2015 • Family
Drove through the Urewera's from Gisborne via Tiniroto and Frasertown across to Murupara. Stopped at the Aniwaniwa visitor centre and did a few short walks to 3 beautiful waterfalls. Would have done some longer walks, however it was drizzling with rain. The drive through the forest was an experience in itself. Lake Waikaremoana was stunning from a few really good vantage points. The road is predominantly gravel for about 2 hours. It is very winding and very narrow in places and you feel a bit like a rally car driver! Worth the trip and would love to go back and do the "great walk" one day.
Written 6 November 2015
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kateykate
Wellington, New Zealand48 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2015 • Couples
We drove the Te Urewera Rainforest Trail from Wairoa across to Murupara. It was an amazing drive through absolute wilderness and also the stunning beauty of Lake Waikaremoana. It's definitely a challenging drive with lots of gravel sections, and especially during winter a 4WD made the trip a bit easier. Make sure you allow a full day for the trip so that you can have time to stop and admire the scenery and take in the atmosphere.
Written 1 July 2015
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Andy P
Zoetermeer, The Netherlands414 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2014 • Couples
Lets start by saying I enjoyrd it. This track took some finding, but maybe our instructions were not so good. It is several miles of unpaved road to get there. Recomend 4x4, but I think a normal car can make it. At the trail head is a toilet of sorts. Bring your own paper.
Tha path itself is generally easy going, but ther are places where i thought that i had become a mountain goat. Very narrow, with a steap drop.The walk is mainly throu a tropical gungel. All sorts of trees, ferns, mosses. Surprisingly not so many birds.
The whole point of the walk is to get to the waterfall. Not the most impressive, but still worth it.
We came back the way we went, but I think it is possible to come back on the other side of the valley.
We had our packed lunch at the one table near the waterfall.
The walk is about four hours.
Written 5 November 2014
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Keith-B-Robinson
Waterton Lakes National Park, Canada949 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2013 • Friends
If you are someone that likes to get off the beaten path, escape the crowds and go somewhere that feels like you're the only one around at times, Te Urewera NP is just the place! Assuming you have your own transportation, the drive can be long and slow, as you follow (at times) narrow, winding gravel roads. But for those with the patience and determination, the reward of entering this remote, isolated and untouched National Park makes it all worthwhile.

From what we had read before going, Te Urewera is almost continually shrouded in cloud, mist, fog and rain - so don't forget your rain gear. However, when we visited, we lucked out and didn't see a single cloud in the sky during our stay!

Offering amazing scenery, plenty of hiking trails, lots of bird life to watch, and apparently very good fishing, Te Urewera is a true outdoor enthusiasts' dream!
Written 21 August 2014
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LindaNL188633
Ede, The Netherlands3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2011
Te Urewera Treks guided us on two beautiful walks. This small scale company offers a variety of walks with small groups. Our group was only 3 people.
The Maori guides are very knowledgeable about local flora and fauna and very open about their culture.
We booked a 2 day trip and stayed in their very cozy base camp overnight, in the middle of the forest.
All in all this trip turned out to be one of the highlights of our 5 week holiday in New Zealand.

Bas and Linda
The Netherlands
Written 22 February 2012
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