52 Rankers Reviews
291 Basic Camping
This is a small and pretty campsite 15 minutes out of Rotorua City.
North Island ▷ Rotorua Region ▷ Tarawera
Number of tent sites - 12.
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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
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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.
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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.
This was one of our favourite sites of our whole trip. Beautiful and peaceful Lake, small site, a hiking trail leads through the forest to the next beach site, easy swimming and relaxing without the sounds of roads. If you’re in a camper van, there are only a few spots that allow you to back directly up to the water (though we got there late both times and were able to squeeze in to front row Lake views). Otherwise you’ll be behind one row of cars. Plenty of lawn space for tents. We stayed over Christmas and despite the crowd, it still felt cozy. Pit toilets are one drawback, though they were very clean, and there was a covered cooking area. If you’re looking for a quiet and beautiful spot, you found it!
Not enough space, there are lots of ducks near the water where tent places are located. Those ducks awake us up at 5am. No water at all, just only the lake. The lake is very beautiful and warm to swim.
They don’t accept cash, just only cards. The staff come every evening there to get payments.
Very well signposted, good surface under foot. Beautiful scenery. Good interpretation en-route.
Had planned on staying here with Free Camp Pass, but when we arrived it was car park camping only for campervans. For this I only give it 7/10. Tents had stunning spots to camp right on the water. We went back to Boyds Beach Camp.
Glowworms and Wallabies.
A community run DOC campground very close to Rotorua, but a completely different world. Was very full with locals on Waitangi Day, but very peaceful the following days. The volunteers provide you with great information about the region, the glowworm cave, the wallabies that surprised us. They are just making the hiking trail wheelchair accessible! Very clean toilets. Tent 2m from the beach. One of our top 3 campgrounds in New Zealand.
Thanks to all the good people working for the NZ Department of Conservation - for all your hard work - making NZ more beautiful, accessable and healthy! Cheers 😍