McLaren Falls Camping Area

McLaren Falls Camping Area



79 Rankers Reviews

34 Face-to-Face

73 Basic Camping

4 Tauranga


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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.


Feature Value Info


North IslandBay of PlentyTauranga


  • Basic Camping



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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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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 17 days 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 1 year ago

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Donkcfull's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Great! Thats it ^^

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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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 1 year ago

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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 1 year ago

Dave's avatar


Ranking: 5/10

We have stayed here multiple times and have loved it! Normally i would rate this campground a 10 however this time at the end of winter there were sheep everywhere and only 1 of the campground locations was open. There was still plenty of campers for all sites to be open but it seems they want to keep everyone contained in the 1 area - they should really lower the price during winter as sheep are loud during the night even if you are in a van/motorhome - Save this place for summer. Not worth the price for 1 small campsite open for multiple campers and hundreds of sheep. Otherwise the place is beautiful as always! And the sheep are very cute - just not when you are trying to sleep.

Reviewed over 1 year ago