McLaren Falls Camping Area

McLaren Falls Camping Area


80 Rankers Reviews

34 Face-to-Face

3 Tauranga


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    McLaren Falls Camping Area

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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.

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One of the various camping areas
Many toilet and shower blocks recently refurbished
Mclaren Falls


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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North IslandBay of PlentyTauranga


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ML's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Best campground in the area, by far. Book online for 10,50 per adult. Decided to stay another night and try out the awesome disc golf course (discs can be rented for 20NZD -15nzd deposit- or purchased at park cafe). Good for an easy stroll and hot shower. Nice walk to a waterfall and at night definitely go for the glowworm track!

Reviewed 10 months ago

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Sue Atkinson


Ranking: 10/10

Camped here one night. Best campsite we found. Hot showers, clean washrooms, just beautiful well kept park. Did the walk to the waterfall then the glow worm walk. Amazing. Don’t pay at the other spots just camp here and walk along the river. Friendly ranger gave awesome directions. Wish we’d had time to stay another night and do more of the walks

Reviewed about 1 year ago

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Delphine's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

You have hot showers, toilets, bbk, water and tables.
21$ (2 persons 1 night).
Verry nice place.

Reviewed about 1 year ago

Moritz's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

10$ pP unpowered tent side. Was quite busy but there is much space. You are inside the national park, gate locks at 19:30 in the summer (you cannot get in and out after that time!). Showers were really great and clean, you MUST go to the glowworm track after sunset! Get your flashlights ready for the way back but enjoy the walk without light in the night. Best experience!! You will not regret it.

Reviewed about 1 year ago

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Rachael's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Awesome clean facilities, hot showers, sinks for washing up with hot water, bbq, and all for $10pp (pay in the info centre on the way into the park). Amazing :) (only downside was a vast amount of bird poo on the grass but nothing can be done about that as its their home too!)

Reviewed over 2 years ago

Donkcfull's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Great! Thats it ^^

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Top Ranked Awards 2015 Basic Facility Camping Finalist

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Arno Nym

Ranking: 3/10

3 of the 4 camping grounds in the park were closed, just the pin oak camping ground was open. we have been at the camping ground 3 years ago and it was amazing, however today it was really crowded, many loud children playing and absolutely not the quiet and peaceful place we had last time. we are really disappointed however in summer season when the other camping grounds are open I would recommend it. before you pay don't make the same mistake like we did and inform you at the reception if the other camping grounds in the park are open, I don't recommend pin oak.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

Axel's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Awesome spot! $10/night with hot showers! Can t do any better!
Don t miss the glow worms track.
Ranger over friendly and helpful. Don t get there after 5.30 as the doors to get in the park close.

Reviewed over 2 years ago