Lake Tutira Campsite

Lake Tutira Campsite

Tutira area



21 Rankers Reviews

6 Face-to-Face

129 Basic Camping

2 Tutira



Plenty of space on the lakefront.
Lake Tutira Recreation Reserve


A large, low cost camping area right on the foreshore of Lake Tutira. Makes a good base for walks that start from the lake or a day trip to nearby Boundary Stream Scenic Reserve.


Feature Value Info


North IslandHawkes BayTutira


  • Basic Camping






Showing 8 reviews of 19.

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 9 months 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 1 year 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 over 1 year ago

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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 over 1 year ago

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Amul's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Stunning campsite right on the lake. Can hear some noise from the road across the lake but not loud enough to keep you awake. Nice sheltered area with benches for picnic and good trails here too. Drop toilet was ok, clean but no toilet paper

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Annalies Beard

Ranking: 7/10

Pretty spot by the lake. Only thing that put me off were the black swans who were nosey and weren't scared off by me shouting at them and waving sticks!

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Juliana G

Ranking: 9/10

Really nice little campground. The scenery is beautiful and there is ample space. It feels quite private, but you are close enough to the road (across the lake) to hear some noise during the night. Still, we really liked this spot!

Reviewed almost 5 years ago

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Chris Read

Ranking: 7/10

Nice little campground - but watch out for the aggressive black swans

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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