The range of hiking trails and bush walks accessible from the Ruakituri Retreat are sure to satisfy enthusiasts of all fitness levels and ages. From a gentle stroll around the grounds or along the river, to a 4-day trek around nearby beautiful Lake Waikaremoana, this area offers stunning scenery equal to any in New Zealand.
Te Reinga Falls
At the start of Ruakituri Road, 18 km from the Retreat, is the confluence of the Ruakituri and Hangaroa Rivers. Just below where these two rivers combine they thunder over the 70 m drop of Te Reinga Falls to form the Wairoa River. There is a short track from the road that leads to a lookout to view the falls.
The Waitangi Falls are in the Te Urewera National Park. Access to the falls represents a more challenging hike, suited to more experienced hikers. Take the Ruakituri Road from the Retreat to the end of the road. Access to the park is via the formed paper road running through Papuni Station. As it is necessary to cross Papuni Station hikers should advise the station manager. Vehicles may be left at the end of the road in the area known as 'The Lockwood'.
The walk in to Waitangi Falls takes approximately 4 hours. It is a demanding hike and so it is important to be well prepared. The Falls are a spectacular semicircular set of cascades plummeting 72 m to the river below. Camping is permitted in an area at the top of the falls. For very experienced hikers who are well prepared, hiking upstream from the falls offers an opportunity to experience true New Zealand wilderness fishing and hiking.
Lake Waikaremoana and Lake Waikareiti
Lake Waikaremoana and Lake Waikareiti are located approx 1.5 hr drive from the Retreat and offer excellent rainbow and brown trout fishing and a range of scenic bushwalks. A visit to either one of these lakes offers a great full-day trip from the retreat.