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North IslandBay of PlentyTauranga

Lakeside camping near fantastic waterfall

McLaren Falls Reserve contains a series of camping areas dotted around a lakeside area. There's lots of short walks about too.

The park gate closes at 7:30pm in summer (daylight savings) and 5:30pm in winter. No access to park and camp areas after this time.

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Tauranga Address:
McLaren Falls Road

68 reviews with the most recent first, showing page 1 of 9.

Dave's avatar

Dave

Ranking: 5/10

We have stayed here multiple times and have loved it! Normally i would rate this campground a 10 however this time at the end of winter there were sheep everywhere and only 1 of the campground locations was open. There was still plenty of campers for all sites to be open but it seems they want to keep everyone contained in the 1 area - they should really lower the price during winter as sheep are loud during the night even if you are in a van/motorhome - Save this place for summer. Not worth the price for 1 small campsite open for multiple campers and hundreds of sheep. Otherwise the place is beautiful as always! And the sheep are very cute - just not when you are trying to sleep.

Reviewed 2 days ago

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Candice Lebertois

Ranking: 10/10

Amazing spot. 10dollars per person in February but toilets and shower are clean. The rangers is very friendly.
Many short walkway available and during the night beautiful walk with plenty of glowworms.

Reviewed 6 months ago

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Magenta McHalick

Ranking: 10/10

Previous reviews are spot on. This place is lovely, lots of space and good facilities. $10 per person. Loved looking at the huge variety of trees conserved on the land. Enjoy your time here.

Reviewed 6 months ago

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Chris & Peg

Ranking: 10/10

Excellent campside, big and lots of Space! Very clean facilities, free hot showers and best of all- cheap!

Reviewed 6 months ago

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Kevin Sims

Ranking: 9/10

Lovely location, wooded park beside dammed lake which is part of a power scheme. Great place to camp, caters to all vehicles and tents. Facilities include clean showers and flush toilets at main camping area, two more campsites have toilets nearby. There are electric barbecues at nearby areas in the park also. Sheep inhabit certain areas so it might be wise to watch ones step, especially at night!

Reviewed 7 months ago

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Greg Wilson

Ranking: 9/10

Excellent campsite with clean toilets and good hot showers. Only 3 campers in late September. Very friendly ranger collects camp fees ($10/person). The glow worm walk at night was worth the camp fee by itself!

Reviewed about 1 year ago

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Michael Smith

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

When we first rocked up there was no one in the office, but there's a self check in and self pay machine for camping. Labelling didn't work (which is why I gave it a 9), which meant we had to seek out a ranger to clarify. The rangers do come round to make sure you've paid so don't try anything! The showers were nice once we figured out you needed a token for them (or use the disabled showers if no tokens). Was just a car park space as grass was closed off due to rain. Great staff and wonderful location. Glowworms are an added extra!

Reviewed about 1 year ago

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Dalton Howden

Ranking: 8/10

Showers and toilets available, $10 per adult. Track to a waterfall is close by. Very spacious and away from the main road. Can pay at information centre or wait for a ranger to come by.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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    Maximum stay for camping is 3 nights. Any open grassed area is available for camping except Cherry Bay. Shower facilities are available at Pin Oak Flat. Tokens can be purchased from ranger, cafe or information centre.

    Base Rate (2 persons) $20/day
    Extra Adult $10/day
    Extra Child $5/day

68 reviews with the most recent first, showing page 1 of 9.

Dave's avatar

Dave

Ranking: 5/10

We have stayed here multiple times and have loved it! Normally i would rate this campground a 10 however this time at the end of winter there were sheep everywhere and only 1 of the campground locations was open. There was still plenty of campers for all sites to be open but it seems they want to keep everyone contained in the 1 area - they should really lower the price during winter as sheep are loud during the night even if you are in a van/motorhome - Save this place for summer. Not worth the price for 1 small campsite open for multiple campers and hundreds of sheep. Otherwise the place is beautiful as always! And the sheep are very cute - just not when you are trying to sleep.

Reviewed 2 days ago

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Candice Lebertois's avatar

Candice Lebertois

Ranking: 10/10

Amazing spot. 10dollars per person in February but toilets and shower are clean. The rangers is very friendly.
Many short walkway available and during the night beautiful walk with plenty of glowworms.

Reviewed 6 months ago

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Magenta McHalick's avatar

Magenta McHalick

Ranking: 10/10

Previous reviews are spot on. This place is lovely, lots of space and good facilities. $10 per person. Loved looking at the huge variety of trees conserved on the land. Enjoy your time here.

Reviewed 6 months ago

Avoid Camping Fines!

The only camping map where each location is approved by every regional council in NZ. So if it shows on the map, you’re allowed to stay.

The Rankers Camping NZ app, is also in association with…

Chris & Peg's avatar

Chris & Peg

Ranking: 10/10

Excellent campside, big and lots of Space! Very clean facilities, free hot showers and best of all- cheap!

Reviewed 6 months ago

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Every camping site on your iPhone™, iPad™ or Android™ phone or tablet. Avoid camping penalties using this council approved app. Featuring offline maps.

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Kevin Sims's avatar

Kevin Sims

Ranking: 9/10

Lovely location, wooded park beside dammed lake which is part of a power scheme. Great place to camp, caters to all vehicles and tents. Facilities include clean showers and flush toilets at main camping area, two more campsites have toilets nearby. There are electric barbecues at nearby areas in the park also. Sheep inhabit certain areas so it might be wise to watch ones step, especially at night!

Reviewed 7 months ago

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Top Ranked Awards 2015 Basic Facility Camping Finalist

Greg Wilson's avatar

Greg Wilson

Ranking: 9/10

Excellent campsite with clean toilets and good hot showers. Only 3 campers in late September. Very friendly ranger collects camp fees ($10/person). The glow worm walk at night was worth the camp fee by itself!

Reviewed about 1 year ago

Michael Smith's avatar

Michael Smith

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

When we first rocked up there was no one in the office, but there's a self check in and self pay machine for camping. Labelling didn't work (which is why I gave it a 9), which meant we had to seek out a ranger to clarify. The rangers do come round to make sure you've paid so don't try anything! The showers were nice once we figured out you needed a token for them (or use the disabled showers if no tokens). Was just a car park space as grass was closed off due to rain. Great staff and wonderful location. Glowworms are an added extra!

Reviewed about 1 year ago

Dalton Howden's avatar

Dalton Howden

Ranking: 8/10

Showers and toilets available, $10 per adult. Track to a waterfall is close by. Very spacious and away from the main road. Can pay at information centre or wait for a ranger to come by.

Reviewed over 1 year ago