Lake Okareka Campsite

(Lake Okareka Scenic Reserve)

Lake Okareka Campsite


58 Rankers Reviews

26 Face-to-Face

10 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 56.

Brigit Pratt 's avatar

Brigit Pratt

Ranking: 1/10

Very expensive for a DOC campsite with basically no facilities apart from a Long drop loo. Interesting also that we turned up at around 5.30pm and less than 10 minutes later the "contractiol" warden turned up to collect the fee of $15 per person. What a rip off.....might ad well go to the Top 10 for a fraction more.
Interesting also that 2 more vehicles pulled in at around 10pm and nobody turned up to collect their fees. Weird.....yes it's a lovely spot by the lake but please make it fair for everybody!

Reviewed 4 months ago

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 10 months ago

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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 almost 2 years ago

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 almost 2 years 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 almost 2 years ago

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Julianne McKie's avatar

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 almost 2 years ago

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 2 years 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 3 years ago

DOC Managed

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 😍

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Nick Morrison

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