Rotokare Scenic Reserve

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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. Local Council By-laws allow only 3 self contained and three non-self contained camps per night.

NO DOGS PERMITTED IN THE SANCTUARY.

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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. Local Council By-laws allow only 3 self contained and three non-self contained camps per night.. 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.

3 reviews with the most recent first

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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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!

Reviewed 10 months ago

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.

Reviewed about 4 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Dave Bugden

New Zealand

Ranking: 9/10

Lovely 1hr walk around lake

Reviewed over 8 years ago

Rotokare Scenic Reserve responds:

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

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3 reviews with the most recent first

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 😍

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!

Reviewed 10 months ago

Rotokare Scenic Reserve responds:

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

Conservation Campsite Pass

Save up to 70% on campsite fees! Support conservation and experience the natural beauty of NZ. 93 Department of Conservation campsites, one convenient pass.

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thibaut vernelle's avatar

thibaut vernelle

France

Ranking: 10/10

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

Reviewed about 4 years ago and experienced in March 2014

Rotokare Scenic Reserve responds:

Heureux que vous avez apprécié votre séjour

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Dave Bugden

New Zealand

Ranking: 9/10

Lovely 1hr walk around lake

Reviewed over 8 years ago

Rotokare Scenic Reserve responds:

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