Trout Pools Reserve

Trout Pools Reserve

Okere Falls


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2 Hamurana

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


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Rotorua Lakes Council

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North IslandRotorua RegionHamurana


  • Basic Camping
  • Free


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Vanessa's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Great place to stay. Long drop toilet however very clean and tidy. Beautiful spot to swim and cool off. You can also watch the kyakers and Whitewater rafters go down the river. We ended up staying 2 nights here as found it much nicer than staying in Rotorua. Expecially on a hot day. Only downfall was no Vodafone reception in the area.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

Joannda's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Great quiet spot for staying overnight free of charge close to Rotorua. Make sure you head past the first car park to the top / second car park which is where camping is allowed. The only downside is that there’s only a long-drop toilet there with no water (hand sanitiser provided). The toilet at the bottom car park is much nicer. Also the phone signal is hit and miss. The walk along the river is lovely and you’ll often spot groups of rafters heading down the waterfalls here.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Carl Bright

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

We stayed here on 2 different nights, well sign posted easy to find, plenty of space & peaceful

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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Ranking: 7/10

We went there to do the jump off the cliff. Nice jump but fast current makes it a bit difficult the first time.

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in February 2017

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Fifi and Jay

Ranking: 7/10

Hey, it's free and close to city centre, beautiful walks here and basically on the trout pools. But smelly gross toilet and lots of noise from kayakers as this is their base. still, it was free and convenient. Quite a few people here when we stayed too.

Reviewed about 5 years ago

Sarah's avatar


United States

Ranking: 9/10

Excellent spot for paddlers. The trash and toilets are the only drawback, otherwise worth the trip from Rotorua.

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in November 2016

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Chas Bronson

United States

Ranking: 9/10

If you like to kayak, there is world class white water on the Kaituna!

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in November 2016

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Mark Haydon


Ranking: 6/10

Busy location with kayakers as well as motor-campers. Some smell from the heavily used drop loo, but well maintained.

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Christine Allgaier

Ranking: 4/10

It's just a small parking lot with concrete and a rather smelly drop loo. In the early evening whole bunches of kayakers came out and would be picked up here. Same really early in the morning and they made A LOT of noise. Didn't stay longer than one night as we didn't feel really safe with all the people trafficking... Though it's a free place around Taupo but there are better options.

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Megan Jurgensmeyer

United States

Ranking: 7/10

Great place to stay with a lot of local kayakers. It is a large parking lot with a bathroom. There were great walking trails from the lot.

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Michelle Smit


Ranking: 8/10

Free camping for self contained vehicles in the carpark only 15mins from Rotorua. Toilet ok. Nice walks and views of the trout pools and falls. Sadly there is a lot of rubbish lying around.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago

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Jon Puttick

Ranking: 7/10

20 km from town, a car park with a rather smelly long drop toilet. But a convenient and free site to stay at in Rotorua!

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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Tomas Soldat

Ranking: 5/10

Small car park close to the river. There is a very smelly toilet, possums eating rubbish and no place to sit and eat your dinner. In early morning around 6am there already were people with kayaks.

Reviewed over 6 years ago