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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.

One of the various camping areas

One of the various camping areas

Many toilet and shower blocks recently refurbished

Many toilet and shower blocks recently refurbished

Mclaren Falls

Mclaren Falls

Contact Details

Tauranga Address:
McLaren Falls Road

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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

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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.

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Haley Everitt

Ranking: 10/10

Absolutely stunning park! Sheep everywhere, a gorgeous waterfall, and a quick 10 minute night walk to see glow worms (included in the price of camping rather than spending $50 in Waitomo!) Would recommend!

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Heike Buchmann

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Very, very nice park, great architecture of landscape - lake, rivers, trees and bridges.

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Dominique

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

The falls look nice but the park is the real highlight. And everything for free.

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Maartje Mulders

Ranking: 9/10

Great location with tons of little walks. There's a short hike with glowworms on the campgrounds, as well as some beautiful waterfalls to look at. We deducted half a point since it was quite busy, and another half point for cleanliness (showers and toilets were suffering from some moulding and weren't the cleanest); would however totally recommend this place as it felt very safe, and location makes up for the cleanliness of the shower&restrooms.

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Elena Rusalen

Ranking: 7/10

I went with a tent, there are a few areas to camp, the ones closest to the waterfall walk/entrance/glowworm were very busy mid march but the one further away at the top was quiet. Lovely view over the lake, lots of birds. Access to toilets and water points at all camp areas and you could do the short walk or drive back to free hot showers or the glowworm walk in the evening. There's a cafe on site and lots of activities if you are here in the daytime. Gates shut at 7.30 in the summer so you need to be in before, though you can leave whenever you want in the morning. Park ranger drives around picking up fees.

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