Lake Tutira Campsite

Lake Tutira Campsite

Tutira area


25 Rankers Reviews

6 Face-to-Face

2 Tutira

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Plenty of space on the lakefront.
Lake Tutira Recreation Reserve


A large, low cost camping area, for all vehicle types, on the foreshore of Lake Tutira.

$5 per vehicle, per night. Pay online at the website link.

If you have the time, you'll be rewarded here. It's generally very quiet and alot of time and energy has been put into the walks and interpretation around this place.

The lake is a little sick, but is bouncing back, I've enjoyed witnessing the change of Tutira over the past 15 years.

Spot X - A side trip to Boundary Stream / Shine Falls / Bell Rock Walk won't disappoint, enough said....


Feature Value Info


North IslandHawkes BayTutira


  • Basic Camping


Showing 8 reviews of 23.

Deano&Jawg's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Lovely spot to pitch your tent, plenty of room for 30+ tents/caravans/motor homes. Clean toilets, 3 long drops in total.
Does have water but boil first. Lake was good to swim in.
There is a few short walks next to the camp.

Reviewed 21 days ago

Marian's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Absolutely stunning place to camp. Heaps of room for caravans, campers and tents. Enjoyed the various walks, and the glorious views over the lake. Love kayaking around the lake and swimming is enjoyable as well. Long drops have no smell and most campers donate a roll of toilet paper. Does need signs stating No Dogs, as quite a few visited whilst we were there. Also a go slow sign would be good as some people drive too fast spreading dust everywhere. Overall, favourite place to camp, we will definitely be back soon.

Reviewed 25 days ago

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Toby's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Arrived after finding out a local campsite was full on Labour Weekend. We turned up at about 3pm and found a spot at the top of the campsite. Busy spot on Labour Weekend but apparently quiet at other times. Lots of sandflies near the lake. Long drops clean and don't smell which is always a nice surprise!

Highly recommend this spot.

Reviewed 3 months ago

Dan's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Really like this spot. Grabbed a park right in the lake front. A nice little hike close by. The long drop is surprisingly clean and doesn't smell. Beautiful spot for sunset

Reviewed about 1 year ago

Maree.M's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Lake Tutira was great! Stayed for one night. Hardly any sand flies or mozzies. Swans are very friendly came right up to our tent while we were eating. Quite a big space too.

Reviewed about 2 years ago

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Dagmar's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Our family of three stayed in Lake Tutira overnight from 4th May 2019. The weather was perfect with no or very little wind. 6 other campers shared a large area designated for camping. There was no other noise than trucks passing by on the other side of the lake. The water seemed to be clean but we did not swim. The campground is surrounded by kettle. And anywhere we went strong kettle farm like smell was present. And not only the smell. I personally dislike the fact that kettle and sheep have access right onto the lake bank. It degrades the human recreational area purpose altogether and there is no joy having a picnic amongst animals feces. Except for this we love Lake Tutira and come often in any season.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Anders Knutsson


Ranking: 9/10

Beautiful place, just by the lake. Good hiking trails around the campsite. Definitely worth a visit.

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

Deano&Jawg's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Beautiful setting in a paddock surrounded amongst tress for shade.
Three Composting long drops (bring your own toilet paper), no kitchen or shower facilities but running water that requires boiling first.
Approximately 700 metres from the road so you can hear the vehicles in the distance but nothing to worry about.
All the campers apart from one small group got a little noisey but apart from that it’s a stunning place to stay.
About 4 different walking tracks start from the camp grounds.
No cell phone coverage.
We will definitely be coming back :)

Reviewed about 3 years ago

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Nick Morrison

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