Patea Dam / Lake Rotorangi

Patea Dam / Lake Rotorangi

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Ranking: 7/10

Stayed there nearly a year ago
Love the spot
Isolated but good
Heading back this month jan21

Reviewed about 1 year ago

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New Zealand

Ranking: 8/10

We went to this campsite, partly on the basis of previous reviews. It is quite remote, part of the appeal, it's great if you are into boating and watersports, however, we would like more walking and apart from the 30mins bush walk (marked as 2hrs!) there wasn't a lot else. Showers were good and hot every time. Toilet paper ran out after 2 days so take your own! And thank goodness for Bushmans!!

Reviewed about 10 years ago

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Peter W.

New Zealand

Ranking: 9/10

In the middle of nowhere, being some 32km of "dodgy" metaled and/or narrow road, much across private farm land, one arrives at the tar sealed road at the Patea dam on the Patea river. Camping is available beside the lake or back a distance in a paddock. The facilities Include a single building that is serviced regularly (daily?) containing gas heated hot water showers, flush toilets and solar powered lighting. These facilities have to be among the CLEANEST I've ever found ANYWHERE. We last visited mid-winter, and there was even toilet paper and soft soap from dispensers! Only problem was the paddock was very wet, limiting the available camping spaces. Half drums are available for open bonfires, and there's plenty of manuka firewood available for the taking. In summer the camp is cramped with families that stay long-term over the holidays. The hydro lake is great for boating, water skiing, fishing & swimming. There is a 40min bush loop walk over the other side of the dam to introduce kids to hiking.

Reviewed about 10 years ago and experienced in August 2011