Boyes Beach Reserve

Boyes Beach Reserve

Lake Okareka

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29 Rankers Reviews

3 Face-to-Face

257 Basic Camping

10 Tarawera



Okareka magic morning


Right on the lakefront, great view and awesome swiming spot.

Rotorua District Council managed reserve. Vehicles with purpose built sleeping facilities (eg. motorhome, campervan, caravan, house bus etc) are permitted to park overnight for a fee in designated spaces within the existing carpark area. No cars, utes, passenger vans etc. No tents.


Feature Value Info


North IslandRotorua RegionTarawera


  • Basic Camping



  • Unpowered Campsite

    Adult/Child $10/day


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Sarah's avatar


Ranking: 7/10

Beautiful spot. We were here for a night over Easter, so it was very busy.
Pretty expensive for having nothing except toilets and rubbish bins.

Reviewed 8 months ago

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Ranking: 8/10

toilets not the best but ok for one night. the price is 10$ pp but we paid nothing cause we arrived after 8pm and there was no donation box and no owner. so it was a good stay for us:)

Reviewed 9 months ago

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Liam Gardiner

New Zealand

Ranking: 5/10

Great views and location but the campsite itself is just a car park, personally think it should be free as $10 an adult to use grotty toilets and overflowing bins everywhere isn’t particularly good. There are definitely better campsites around!

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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Minnie Hayes

Ranking: 9/10

We were on our way to another spot when we came across this one. Great spot if travelling with kids.

Reviewed about 2 years ago

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Roger's avatar


United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Lake Okareka was full so stayed here in early March instead. Nice situation and good for a swim from the sandy beach. Facilities as described.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Mailhos Cécile


Ranking: 10/10

Very convenient for a journey while you visit Rotorua; peaceful, clean, and well organised.

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

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Jeff Carmean

Ranking: 6/10

A decent spot by the lake, very loud bugs in the trees but don't bite! Toilets are trashed and smelly. It's now $10 pp.

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

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Andy Bond

Ranking: 9/10

$10 adult night honesty box please use it to keep these places open, it is easier for locals to close these places than keep them open. Lakeside car park. Recycle bins (emptied about 9.30am). Toilets with water tap to connect hose pipe, it does say boil water for 3 mins, we never drink water from tank so ideal for filling and using as showers. Quiet site, level with spaces, also in the shade. 9 vans last night and still plenty of room. Bench seats by water side so great for evening meal seating. Good place for kayaking, boating, mountain biking or visit to Rotorua.

Reviewed almost 3 years ago