Te Urewera National Park is one of fourteen national parks within New Zealand and is the largest of the four in the North Island. Covering an area of approximately 2,127 km², it is in the north east of the Hawke's Bay region of the North Island.
Remote, rugged, immense, Te Urewera National Park is famous for its lakes and forested beauty as well as its stormy history. In the southern part of the park lie two of the park's treasures, Lake Waikaremoana and the smaller Lake Waikareiti. Experience the lake shore up close by tramping the Lake Waikaremoana Great Walk.
As much of the park is remote and not easily accessible this has helped protect much of the park's native wildlife. Te Urewera is unique in that it contains a full complement of North Island native forest birds (except weka).
On 28 July 1954, the catchment areas of Lake Waikaremoana, Lake Waikareiti and other Crown reserves were gazetted as a national park, and by 1957 proposals were well underway to add the rest of the Crown land in Te Urewera north of Ruatahuna. This proposal was formalised in November 1957 when an additional 1,350 km² were added. Further additions were made in 1962, 1975 and 1979, with smaller acquisitions and boundary alterations in the intervening period.
Te Urewera National Park lies between the Bay of Plenty and Hawke's Bay in the North Island of New Zealand.The nearest towns are Whakatane, Murupara and Wairoa.