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Thread: Te Urewera to reopen

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    Te Urewera to reopen

    Te Urewera to re-open in February

    Te Urewera Board announced today that Te Urewera will welcome back manuhiri (guests) and Tūhoe users for recreational activity in February, including on Lake Waikaremoana, noting that it will be keeping a watching brief on the developing Omicron situation and any risks for local communities.

    It is the Board’s intention that access to Lake Waikaremoana will re-open on Sunday 6 February (Waitangi Day) and all tracks, huts and campgrounds, including the Great Walk, will re-open from 14 February.
    Te Urewera was closed by Te Urewera Board at the beginning of COVID-19 Alert Level 4 in August to ensure the safety of vulnerable local communities and manuhiri, and remained closed while local vulnerable communities prepared for the Delta variant and remedial infrastructure maintenance was completed over summer.

    “We remain grateful for the patience and friendship demonstrated during the past months by the many people who love Te Urewera,” Te Urewera Board chair Tāmati Kruger said. “Tūhoe and Te Urewera Board acknowledge the sacrifice of those who have respected the closure, despite foregoing family occasions, regular visits, and annual events such as the Waikaremoana fishing competition.”

    Mr Kruger said that health and safety would continue to be the paramount consideration in terms of access to Te Urewera during the summer. Te Urewera is home to Tūhoe communities, including some of the country’s most remote and vulnerable populations during the current pandemic.

    “Anxiety about the new strain of COVID remains, but considering the role of Te Urewera as a unique place of recreation, enjoyment, learning and spiritual reflection to the public who have played their part, and the values of manaakitana (welcoming), it is the Board’s decision Te Urewera should be re-opened.”

    Mr Kruger added an appeal to guests returning to Te Urewera or visiting for the first time.
    “As reported in media, some huts were left in a shocking state by a minority of guests in the winter season. We discovered vandalism, including the removal of water faucets from the hut atop Mount Panekire, a poor welcome for trampers who have scaled 1400m to reach it during the Great Walk around Waikaremoana.”

    “While there is little we can do to prevent weather damage to tracks and treefalls, there are things everyone can do to respect Te Urewera and ensure they are not hurting the environment or ruining the experience for others.”

    Mr Kruger reminded guests to pack-in-and-pack-out anything they used in Te Urewera, avoid plastics, and check boats are clean before going onto the lake.

    Ngai Tūhoe Te Komiti o Runa Te Tii - Ruatāhuna Waikaremoana Taraipara Te Waimana Kaaku
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    My grandfather and grandmother lived in Te Urewera back in the day, I've often thought of having a fish on Lake Waikaremoana.

    Are the rules the same, as for the rest of NZ (excepting Taupo)?

    Should I say hello to the Te Urewera Board or other locals?

    Any news on fish numbers and sizes would be welcome.

    It'd be an interesting trip, to get to see where I'm from in NZ, originally. And maybe a trout or two too...


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    Amazing, magic and very spirtual place.
    One of my favourite, if the favourite, NI spots for a kayak trip fihing and hunting.

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    Was there mid last year and it's bloody amazing on the lake. Just get the right license and go for it. Heaps of fish. Mate caught a few just spinning off the shore.

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    Yeh I’ve walked it and done a bit of hunting around the lake and it has as aspect like non other.
    Probably like Fiordland or other special places. They compare but are are so very distinctively different.
    Te Urewera and especially the Whirinaki are my favourite get-away spots.

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    Was a special place for me for 20 odd years until leaving your vehicle parked became a bad idea, flew in for a few years but wasn't the same. Ended up looking further afield. Still have great memories of the Waiau, Horomonga, upper Whakatane during 60's and 70's
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    Yes magic place alright, what i imagine Fiordland is like. Its an extra special place for me as i shot my first deer there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tetawa View Post
    Was a special place for me for 20 odd years until leaving your vehicle parked became a bad idea, flew in for a few years but wasn't the same. Ended up looking further afield. Still have great memories of the Waiau, Horomonga, upper Whakatane during 60's and 70's
    Richard White does drop offs around Ruatahuna



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