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We are a pest free sanctuary. We have spent millions of dollars and hours eradicating mice, rats, stoats, weasels and possums from inside the sanctuary.

No pests have been in the reserve since it was enclosed with a 7km predator proof fence in 2006. As a consequence our bird life has flourished. We have over 80 Kiwi in the reserve and four years ago we trans located Tieke (which had previously been extinct in Taranaki for over 150 years). In 2017 we translocated 40 hihi (stitchbirds).They are very rare and exist at only 8 sites on the planet!! You can see we take conservation very seriously.

In order to maintain a pest free sanctuary for the rare birds it is essential that all visitors check their vehicles and belongings for mice or rats and other pests.

We maintain a pristine reserve with clean toilets and an outside shower. We do not receive any government funding for the reserve. We do expect a donation from visitors camping the night. $5 per person, per night is a realistic donation and this can be put in the donation box by the visitor information centre.

Another point of interest is that we have regular Sunday volunteer mornings that all visitors are welcome to join. We do a number of tasks within the sanctuary to do with site maintenance and conservation and bio-security. A free lunch is provided afterwards. Meet at the classroom at 9am every Sunday.

Self-contained vehicles in front of the estuary only. Non-self-contained vehicles outside the public toilets and information centre only. Tenting on lake front only.

NO DOGS PERMITTED IN THE SANCTUARY.

Aerial view from Bush Ridge

Aerial view from Bush Ridge

Contact Details

Email: contact@rotokare.org.nz

Phone: +64 6 7648500

New Plymouth Address:
Lake Rotokare, Taranaki

Operating Season And Hours: The reserve is open 24 hours every day of the year. Enter through a set of double gates. There are three designated spots for all types of freedom campers, but only 6 vehicles/tents allowed on site at any one time. Maximum three night stay. Boating is permitted on the lake between 1 December and 31 March, unless closed by local council for water quality reasons.

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3 reviews with the most recent first

Cherie Marhsall's avatar

Cherie Marhsall

Ranking: 10/10

Rotokare Reserve is a gem of the southern Taranaki Region. We stayed for 3 nights over Christmas. It was peaceful and outlook of the bush and lake were beautiful. This Reserve is run by volunteers which is awesome. It was super clean and well cared for. The two walks were excellent and teeming with native bird life. 10 Stars!

Rotokare Scenic Reserve responds:

Thanks Cherie! Glad that you enjoyed your stay and our fabulous wild life.

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thibaut vernelle

France

Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful little lake, lots of space, nice walk, brand new facilities.

Rotokare Scenic Reserve responds:

Heureux que vous avez apprécié votre séjour

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Dave Bugden's avatar

Dave Bugden

New Zealand

Ranking: 9/10

Lovely 1hr walk around lake

Rotokare Scenic Reserve responds:

Hi Dave,
Glad you enjoyed your walk.Did you see our hihi?

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