New Years @ Lake Waikaremoana, Dec 28th – Jan 02
The plan for New Years 2011 – 2012 is Lake Waikaremoana. An amazing spot in the middle of the Urewera National Park, it’s true NZ wilderness and true NZ beauty. We went there in 2009 and it has lots on offer, swimming, tramping, fishing, eating, drinking, sunshine, waterfalls, sunsets and campfires. We’ll look to spend 5 nights camping there, from the 28th December. The campsite cannot be booked, it’s a case of turning up and grabbing a spot, last time we managed to get a whole area for 5 tents so hopefully we can do the same again. There are no showers, but swimming in the fresh stream nearby does the job – there is a toilet and wash basin so you can keep partly clean. The details are:
Mokau Landing, Lake Waikaremoana (Cost: $7 p/night, per adult – bring cash to pay for this). Make sure you don’t get it confused with the big Lake Waikaremoana Motorcamp.
December 28th – January 2nd (or whenever you can get there during that time)
There are two approaches, from Rotorua side or Napier side. It’s in the middle of nowhere so takes a bit of driving to get in there. You can get to it from either Rotorua (down SH5, then turn off onto SH38) or from Napier (SH2, then turn off onto SH38). We’ll take the route through Napier, as it means less driving on gravel road (View Mokau Landing in a larger map)
What to Bring
Normal camping gear is required but obviously a few essentials:
- Tent and Sleeping Gear (perhaps bug spray too, to keep the mozzies out)
- Chilly Bin (for keeping food cool) – we managed to keep steak cool for a few days, so you can bring nice stuff to cook.
- Beers, wine, snacks and food to keep you going for 5 nights.
- Any other helpful camping gear – folding tables, chairs, gazeebo(spelling?), portable BBQ, gas cookers, knives, lanterns, washing equipment, cooking equipment, chainsaw(?), firestarters, coffee plungers.
- Entertainment equipment: frisbees, hacky sacks, rugby balls etc
- Fishing gear – I’ll bring a few rods and reels for those that don’t have them, if you have tramping boots bring them along.
The Plan of Attack
We will be arriving on the afternoon of the 28th. The site is first in first served so basically the first people to arrive need to claim a good spot, basically when you turn up, put your tent up and park your car in a spot that claims more of an area so when others arrive we can move cars and put tents in those spaces. Last time we were in the area that is immediately to the left as you come down the hill to the site. It is a spot right next to the stream we should try and grab this (if we can’t get one of the spots that face out to the lake.
If everyone brings their own meals and we can all just bring snacks to share around – bring plenty of booze as there are no shops around to buy more from. Cel and I will bring a portable BBQ, but it would be good if people can bring gas cookers for boiling water and making meals in pots. Anything you can bring that will give you shade is also a good idea.
You can view the campsite details at this link, make sure you bring cash to pay as there are no ATM’s or EFTPOS!
Get In Touch
If you can get back to me and let me know if you’re keen, how many of you there are and when you think you’ll be arriving, us either:
- My Gmail address
- The Facebook event: Here
- The contact form below: