Lake Rotomanu, New Plymouth

Lake Rotomanu, New Plymouth

Overnight Campervan Parking


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Tents and other temporary structures are banned from freedom camping in New Plymouth District.

People freedom camping in non-self-contained vehicles can stay for a maximum of one night in a 30-day period, and must freedom camp in the marked spaces.

Four sites available only.


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North IslandTaranakiNew Plymouth


  • Freedom Camping
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Bex's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Nice little spot.. great walking and plenty of space to park

Reviewed 5 months ago

Wanderingphoenix's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Stayed for 1 night. Weve parked our campervan almost right next to the lake. Perfect view when you woke up in the morning!
Flush toilet is available. Though there is a shower but both of them are our of order. But a shower is not something you wpuld expect in a freedom campsite 😊

Reviewed 10 months ago

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Boardwalk Blss

United States

Ranking: 9/10

Very pleasant camping spot which was not overcrowded while we were there. Freedom camping anywhere around the lake but there are 4 designated placed near the toilets for NSC vehicles. Below this level are designated spots for SC vehicles. We camped further round the lake in a large pullout which is “legal” tho locals did “check us out”. Close to central New Plymouth - we found the i-Site folk very helpful and encouraging of SC freedom camping in the area in designated spots

Reviewed 10 months ago

Mathieu's avatar


Ranking: 1/10

There are 4 spaces for non-self contained, and lots of room for self contained vehicles. There's toilets, and even a sink for washing up.

However, some young locals were parked by our camper, with their lights on, being very loud and obnoxious from about 10, until 1 am. When another camper confronted them, asking them to simply move to the other side of the lake, they got very aggressive and started threatening her and hitting her car. We called the police but the locals left before they got there. It felt very unsafe and we didn't sleep a wink.

Reviewed about 1 year ago

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Gracjan's avatar


Ranking: 1/10


However NSC is fine on marked places but SC is not. We got a ticket for 200$ and talked to a friendly local who was very pissed about this situation as well, but he showed us an newspaper article that said that you aren't allowed to stay here with self contained vehicles.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

Luna's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

It's a nice spot near a lake, with toilets and showers (the showers weren't working tho). You have a great view over the lake and it's near to town. Non self contained vehicles must park in marked spots and there were only 4, so be fast to get one. When you're self contained there's a lot of space! Trash bin available.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Eva Muselaers

Ranking: 9/10

4 non self contained spots, plenty of Self contained places. Toilets, a sink, plenty of grass around carpark, big lake ( quite some watersport on the lake so quite busy at daytime as it's summer holiday). Very close to Rewa Rewa bridge & coastal walkway.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Dave Kitson

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

There are 100+ flat parking places in the park - many with nice views of the lake. All but a few, right by the sea, are available for self-contained freedom camping. Other camping is MUCH more restricted as mentioned in previous reviews. So if you are SC there is no need to cram yourself into the first car park you come to. You can enjoy the area as late as you like secure in the knowledge that there will be plenty of space when you arrive.
When we were here, virtually everyone was in the first car parks but I checked with the ranger who was busy moving on non-SCs and he confirmed that we could park anywhere.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Tassie Travellers

Ranking: 9/10

Beautiful spot next to the river. Very serene. Quite a few noisy cars back and forth but that settled down at dark. Not an issue for us. Suggest you don't park near the kayak launching area which we didn't see when we arrived. Not a friendly person stating we are not allowed to park where we were early the following morning. We are fully self contained and parked in a car park away from the NSC vehicles.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Dona Shiell

Ranking: 8/10

We spent a Saturday night at Lake Rotomanu, and were very pleased with the experience. There were a number of non self-contained vehicles there, more than the limit, but no one checked the site, so not surprising. However, everyone was quiet and polite, and the only noise overnight was that of what I assume were boy races down in the car park near Te Rewa Rewa Bridge. We got a lovely spot near the boat ramp (currently closed due to low lake levels) overlooking the lake, and the majority of the noise came from the ducks and seagulls at dawn. Toilets were cleaned while we were there, but there was some mud splashed around by people using the facilitiles - including up the walls. Such disappointing behaviour when the facilities are being provided for free. We spoke to another motor home owner who camps there regularly and has never had any problems. We will definitely be using the site again, and the coastal walkway is well worth the effort. Thanks to New Plymouth for providing sites like this.

Reviewed about 2 years ago

Julie's avatar


Ranking: 1/10

Don't even bother to go here. full of non certified vehicles. Teens drunk and high as kites, vomiting and being idiots. Must of been 13 vehicles here. Obviously not monitored. We high tailed it out of there.

Reviewed about 2 years ago

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Andy and Julia

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Plenty of space here next to the lake. It is monitored for SC and there are a few spaces for Non SC also, so be sure you park in the right places. Was a tad windy there, but didn’t bother us. Toilets were decent enough. There’s Te Rewa Rewa Bridge a short walk on the otherside of the lake. Go check it out!

Reviewed about 2 years ago

Elad's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

So many spots for self contained! More than 20! Beautiful campsite by the lake for free!

Reviewed about 2 years ago