Lake Okareka Campsite

(Lake Okareka Scenic Reserve)

Lake Okareka Campsite



56 Rankers Reviews

26 Face-to-Face

206 Basic Camping

6 Tarawera



Lake Okareka Scenic Reserve


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


Feature Value Info


North IslandRotorua RegionTarawera


  • Basic Camping




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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 10 months 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 11 months ago

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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 12 months 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 12 months 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 about 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 almost 2 years ago

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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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Thomas Syesha

Ranking: 10/10

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!

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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