McLaren Falls Camping Area

Do to the changing COVID-19 environment...

McLaren Falls Camping Area


82 Rankers Reviews

34 Face-to-Face

20 Tauranga


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    McLaren Falls Camping Area

    Unpowered Campsites

    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.

Do to the changing COVID-19 environment, all camping at McLaren Falls will be closed until 17 January 2022 and will be reviewed again at this time.


Feature Value Info


Lower Kaimai

Commercial organisation


North IslandBay of PlentyTauranga


  • Basic Camping

Operating Season And Hours

Do to the changing COVID-19 environment, all camping at McLaren Falls will be closed until 17 January 2022 and will be reviewed again at this time.


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Maurice's avatar


Ranking: 1/10

Closed until further notice!

Reviewed 5 months ago's avatar

Ranking: 10/10

Highly recommended, even in winter. Cheap and close to Tauranga, and ranger on-site morning and arvo to check in on people which is nice and makes feel secure if travelling alone. Fishing for trout is a must and glow worm track and smaller water fall on the glow worm track is beautiful. Bring a head torch as can explore park at night. Clean and tidy amenities and really good hot showers. A must for all travellers and plenty to do for three nights you will want to stay longer.

Reviewed 11 months ago

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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 almost 2 years 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 2 years ago

Delphine's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

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

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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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 over 2 years ago

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 3 years ago

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Ranking: 10/10

Great! Thats it ^^

Reviewed over 3 years ago