Rerewhakaaitu, Ash Pit Rd Campsite...

Rerewhakaaitu, Ash Pit Rd Campsite


19 Rankers Reviews

6 Face-to-Face

13 Tarawera


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A bird watchers paradise - grab your bino's and sit still! The Brett Road Camping Ground is situated on the shores of Lake Rerewhakaaitu. There is good swimming, fishing and walking nearby. No fires permitted any time of the year. Just down the road from the Brett Road Camping Ground.


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North IslandRotorua RegionTarawera


  • Basic Camping


Showing 8 reviews of 19.

Issjah's avatar


Ranking: 1/10

We have been camping at this site for nearly 30 years and have seen it go down hill fast.
It was great when there was a manager onsite.
Our last experience was terrible and we left a day early because of the constant noise of dirt bikes racing up and down creating noise and dust.
Three of them belonged to a family camping there, the others just came in and gave us the fingers when I tried to take a photo.
You should also be aware that there is a scam going on trying to get campfee money out of people who haven't booked.
We were visited by a young woman pushing a pram asking for our booking.
We told her we have a pass and then she left.
An hour later an official council car appeared also asking about a booking!!!
this was on Saturday the 20th of February 2021.
We left the following day because of the bike noise.

Reviewed 5 months ago

Eske's avatar


Ranking: 7/10

Big campsite- plenty of space right down to the lake.
The management have shifted between different departments the last couple of years and hence the quality have been boubious.
This summer a DOC manager have been present and have corrected many missings.
There's no kitchen or wastedeposit. Water needs boiling. Only noise is from animal-life. But still 7 out of 10. Would stay there again because of view and tranquility.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Miles Protter's avatar

Miles Protter


Ranking: 8/10

Lovely spot by the lake far from the traffic. Can find shady spots or full sun. Camp manager Pierre is really helpful and has all the answers. Lots of weekenders arrived after 7 (including some guys with a sofa on their trailer) but everyone was very chilled and quiet. Water from a tapas one power outlet. Ladies not so keen on drop toilets. Nicer feel than Brett Rd next door.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

Lisa's avatar


Ranking: 7/10

Beautiful spot, the lake is gorgeous and warm. Unfortunately there is no water supply despite the info listed.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

Ingrid Menet's avatar

Ingrid Menet

Ranking: 2/10

No rubbish bins, no water in the sink, The toilet smells awful for the price of $13.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Cymen Crick's avatar

Cymen Crick

New Zealand

Ranking: 8/10

My fav camping spot on this lake with a long name that's hard to pronounce.....Ash Pit comes into it's own over summer. Swimming, boating, fishing. Let the good times roll.

Reviewed almost 5 years ago

Geoff's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Absolutely loved this site, such a lovely spot and kept very beautifully. Lovely manager who really looked out for us in our tent in some rather windy cold spring weather! Tap water needs boiling to drink.

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Ben Apellido


Ranking: 10/10

This is the biggest of the 3 campsites, the views over the lake are amazing, make sure you walk back to the previous campsite on the road through the track in the forest as it is teeming with birds. As for facilities, the camp is massive and has water spigots, shelters and cabins to hang your solar shower in the summer.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago

DOC Managed

Thanks to all the good people working for the NZ Department of Conservation - for all your hard work - making NZ more beautiful, accessable and healthy! Cheers 😍

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Nick Morrison

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