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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

Tauranga Address:
McLaren Falls Road

Map

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67 reviews with the most recent first, showing page 1 of 12.

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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 9 months 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 10 months ago

  • 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.

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

67 reviews with the most recent first, showing page 1 of 12.

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 3 months ago

Conservation Campsite Pass

Save up to 70% on campsite fees! Support conservation and experience the natural beauty of NZ. 96 Department of Conservation campsites, one convenient pass.

Get the Pass

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 3 months ago

Top Ranked NZ Deals Pass

Access savings worth hundreds of $$ on Top Ranked NZ Accommodation and Activities for just $1 per day.

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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 3 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…

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 3 months ago

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Camping NZ App

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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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 9 months ago

Award-2-24px Congratulations McLaren Falls Camping Area

Top Ranked Awards 2015 Basic Facility Camping Finalist

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 10 months ago