Waikaremoana

Not a lot of words here. 6 days in the middle of nowhere. No cell phones. No TV. No internet.

This is my favorite place on the planet, bar none.

Waikaremoana is a large lake in a National Park (Te Urewera National Park). It has traditionally been home to the Tūhoe, the Children of the Mist. (that link works for me, but some browsers don't do macron's well eg Tūhoe)

I've been coming here since I was a child - my parents took me on the lake track when I was (I think) about 5 or 6, and I've walked it 3 or 4 times since then.

Lots of panoramic's here - all off the iPhone with Autostitch - 'cos, really, this landscape needs to go wide.

Sunset over Waikaremoana / Panekiri Bluff. Speaking of which, we made up a cocktail called Waikaremoana Sunset: a measure or 2 of Chambord (raspberry liqur), and top the glass with L&P. Twist of lemon if you want. Lovely.

Home bay (from the camping ground)

Waikareiti, just before we paddled out in the boat (tho I'm in the water in this shot). Yes, the water is really THAT clear.

Looking back the other way, towards the shelter. It's about a 1 hour walk to the lake, and totally worth it (the water was quite warm, too)

Panekiri from the bluffs near Mokau Landing.

Wanganui Arm from the bluffs - yes, thats the road on the right hand side.

Swing bridge on the Lake Track; Tamaiti - a small lake, on an island, which is in the middle of Lake Waikareiti; Looking up into the canopy.