Lake Tarawera Outlet Campsite

Lake Tarawera Outlet Campsite


9 Rankers Reviews

1 Face-to-Face

9 Tarawera


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Lake Tarawera Outlet Camping Ground


You need to get a $5 permit to access this campground (get one here -, but make the effort as the campsite and short walks to Tarawera Falls is well worth it. Note that access is via Kawerau and a 25km gravel road.


  • Limited access to tracks and campsites in Tarawera Outlet

    Access to the Tarawera Outlet Campsite is by boat and public walking track only. There is currently no road access.

    You can access the campsite via the Tarawera Falls Track for day visits only. Forestry road permits will not be issued for overnight stays.

    This is a long-term alert.

    First published on 9 January 2020. Last reviewed on 26 January 2022.


Feature Value Info


DOC Bay of Plenty

Central government organisation


North IslandRotorua RegionTarawera


  • Basic Camping


Shiree's avatar


Ranking: 5/10

Lovely place to stay if YOU HAVE YOUR OWN TOILET...the toilets r DISGUSTING and it let the whole place down sadly ☹. Falls r awesome & walk tracks nice!

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Jhena Hawley

Ranking: 10/10

You need to look for Waterhouse Street and cross the bridge, take a left then a right and follow through. Also permit can be obtained easier by heading to Kawerauonline and filling out application form online from a computer.
A great hidden little gem for those willing to endure the gravel road drive. Boaties paradise. Great family spot too.
The walk to Tarawera Falls from the Outlet is what we would describe as a medium fitness grade, we took young children with snacks and water and they survived (many others gave up crying) There is an amazing swimming hole approx 3/4 way through the track, so pack a towel as you don't want to miss this opportunity to have a dip or jump from the cliff into the deeper water on the far side of the river. There is a portion of track damaged so an alternative route has been carved into the side of the cliff - is a bit tricky to navigate if your not agile.
The trek back to the outlet is harder as most of the track is uphill. But well worth it.
Composting toilets are pretty well kept and well spread out through the campsite, and huts for a solar shower if you have one to hang.
Thoroughly enjoyed our stay.

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Jonzie NZ

New Zealand

Ranking: 9/10

Another one of NZs epic places. Right out of the way next to a crystal clear lake and aqua blue River. Very well maintained cooking area and toilets, the most well kept and non smelling composting toilets I've come across to date. Manager is a top bloke. Cheers DOC!

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Cymen Crick

New Zealand

Ranking: 8/10

Fantastic lakeside location that also happens to be the starting point to one of my fav shortish walks in NZ. The water is so clear and begs to be swum in. The outlet river has some fantastic swimming holes if you cross the bridge and walk up the valley. I love this place and the only downer was that the camp wasn't tidily managed (it was a quiet time of year, but neither toilet had any toilet paper and hadn't been been swept in a long time), but don't let this put you off. The long drive down the gravel road is well worth the effort.

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Geordie Zimmermanster

Ranking: 7/10

The lake is beautiful and this site is worth the effort of going to.

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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Heather Kingston


Ranking: 8/10

DOC Tarawera Outlet – The unsealed road is good until the last bit, but still very manageable. The site is picturesque. The location is right on the lake and has a very nice, not killer, walk to the falls that pop out of a hole in a wall of rock. Beautiful place.

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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Radek Ouhel

Czech Republic

Ranking: 8/10

Campsite is great. But it would be worth mentioning, that the access road from Kawerau closes after 7pm. We were not able to get to the camsite for the first night due to that.

Reviewed over 7 years ago

Mike3's avatar


New Zealand

Ranking: 9/10

DOC camp. it is a significant 25Km drive in on non sealed road from Kawarau.this is a magical place; a crystal clear lake and a great bush walk down the river to the Tarawera falls.
The camp is large with composting toilets. No other facilities.

Reviewed about 10 years ago

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Ranking: 6/10

Nice area, easy to access with campervan, however toilets were loaded with mosquitos, no air = no exit for them.

Reviewed about 12 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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Cymen Crick