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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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63 reviews with the most recent first, showing page 1 of 11.

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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!

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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!

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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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