Walks & Tramps
The Whakatane District is renown for its superb walking and tramping tracks that include coastal tracks with stunning ocean vistas and walkways through ancient native forests. Te Urewera National Park and Whirinaki Forest Park are a short drive from Whakatane and include a wide range of walks and tramps suitable for all levels of fitness and the time available. To the south of Whakatane is the Lake Waikaremoana Great Walk which takes 3 - 4 days and is one of New Zealand's premier walking tracks through some of the best scenery in the country. Walking maps, brochures, hut permits and safety information is available at the Whakatane Information Centre and the Rangitaiki Area DOC Office and Murupara Visitor Centre) or visit www.doc.govt.nz.