Lake Okareka Campsite

(Lake Okareka Scenic Reserve)

Lake Okareka Campsite


57 Rankers Reviews

26 Face-to-Face

5 Tarawera


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Lake Okareka Scenic Reserve


This is a small and pretty campsite 15 minutes out of Rotorua City.


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North IslandRotorua RegionTarawera


  • Basic Camping


Showing 8 reviews of 55.

Emer's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Lovely campsite by the lake. Was quite busy when we visited (New Years). First come first serve (no bookings). Ranger comes around in the evening around 7pm ish to check you in and collect fees. Long drop toilets. No showers but there is cold showers 2 min drive down the road at the Boyes beach site (campervan only site). Very peaceful except for the young guy doing burnouts at 1am in his car!

Reviewed 15 days ago

Josiah's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Nice spot. Could be a bit cheaper but for a site right on the lake it's just what you want, close to Rotorua but quite secluded. Quite popular in high season so definitely get in before 5pm.

Reviewed about 1 year ago

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Jenny's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Great cheap camping spot right by the lake. Basic facilities but fantastic views made up for it! Get there early to make sure you get a spot - it fills up quickly

Reviewed about 1 year ago

Izzy's avatar


Ranking: 7/10

$15 each per night. Quite pricy considering very basic with only long drop toilets. No running water. Pretty spot overlooking lake, can swim in it. Quite busy so recommend getting there early - ish for a good spot. Vans basically parked right next to each other. Location is a bit out of Rotorua. Warden came round about 8pm to collect payment.

Reviewed about 1 year ago

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Julianne McKie


Ranking: 8/10

Scenic waterfront location, quiet, only one other campervan there with us. Long drop toilets. Chickens and sparrows to keep you company. Nice spot.

Reviewed about 1 year ago

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Loretta's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful peaceful spot. Long drop toilets but not smelly which is a bonus. No running water only waste water disposal.
Reggie the Rooster was our constant companion. Say hello if you see him

Reviewed over 1 year ago

Andrea's avatar


Ranking: 1/10

I arrived to this campsite today with my boyfriend and we set our tent.We went out for an hour to buy some food and when we came back, our tent wasn't there.It isn't a safe place.

Reviewed about 2 years ago

Matt MacD's avatar

Matt MacD

Ranking: 3/10

Nice view but no morning or afternoon sunlight so pretty cold everything gets really wet. Basins for washing but no running water. Loads of loud people showing up around 9pm and leaving at 6am to avoid camping fees. Pretty bad experience.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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