Boyes Beach Reserve

Boyes Beach Reserve

Lake Okareka


34 Rankers Reviews

3 Face-to-Face

12 Tarawera


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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.


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North IslandRotorua RegionTarawera


  • Basic Camping


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CJ's avatar


Ranking: 5/10

Beautiful spot. Exceptionally over priced. Used to be cheaper but now it is the same as a holiday park, without all the amenities. Nice toilets. Lots of day visitors during peak times. Plenty of litter left by locals.

Reviewed 10 months ago

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Ranking: 6/10

Cost per person is now $20 which is (as others have said) rather overpriced for what you get. We paid less at a lovely camp ground in Ngongotaha (Willowhaven) with kitchen and hot water so not sure where the council is getting their pricing from. Quiet enough overnight, but extremely popular with day visitors. Not surprising as it is a lovely spot - great for swimming, water sports and a picnic :)

Reviewed 10 months ago

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A Brad in a van

Ranking: 3/10

Pretty car park beside the lake. Basic toilets. That’s it - for $20 per person. It seems like the council is just providing this facility to say they have one. Here on a beautiful day in late November and not another soul here.

Reviewed 11 months ago

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Jennifer Millar

Ranking: 8/10

Stayed in July, only 5 campers so lots of space. New amenity block with lots of clean toilets, outside showers, drinking water and outdoor sinks for washing up and plenty rubbish and recycling bins. Big playpark for kids too. Great spot would be great in summer and have a swim in the lake. Cost was $15 per adult and $7.50 per child via honesty box.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Piotr Kostiw


Ranking: 3/10

It's only carpark at the lake beach. Price 15$pp is too high, should be for free.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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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 over 2 years 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 over 2 years ago

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Liam Gardiner

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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 4 years ago