Lake Okareka Campsite

(Lake Okareka Scenic Reserve)

Lake Okareka Campsite



52 Rankers Reviews

26 Face-to-Face

291 Basic Camping

12 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





  • Tent Site

    Number of tent sites - 12.

    Adult $13/day
    Child $6.50/day


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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 month ago

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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 10 months 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 1 year 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 1 year ago

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Alisa Makkaveeva

Ranking: 7/10

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.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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Laura David


Ranking: 9/10

Very well signposted, good surface under foot. Beautiful scenery. Good interpretation en-route.

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in December 2016

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deborah cooper


Ranking: 7/10

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.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Fabio Flepp

Ranking: 10/10

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.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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