Orakei Korako allows overnight parking in their carpark as part of admission to Orakei Korako, however they do not have powered sites. Toilets are usually open 8am - 5pm, so it is essential that the vehicle/camper is self-contained. There is strictly no dumping of rubbish in our bins or disposal of grey water allowed.
North Island ▷ Rotorua Region ▷ Reporoa
Amazing freedom camping spot. No facilities, so you need to be self-contained, but beautiful spot where you can watch geysers across a lake, while the sun sets, and then wake up in the morning and go to Orakei Korako. Only 2 of us camping there in October.
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Just a car park, but arguably the car park with the best view in New Zealand. The view over the lake to the terraces is stunning, and we sat back and watched a geyser erupt every half an hour. And we were the only people there.
Directly next to the car park, hot water flows from the ground into the lake: we swam there, though in places the bottom is so hot it's uncomfortable. I would recommend you arrive before closing time and ask them where you should swim.
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Amazing place to stay on the lakeside with views of the geothermal area. Friendly owners who allow free use of WiFi. Lots of space and toilets open 8 - 5:30.
María del Carmen Escandell
Great and beautiful place to stay for free if you have been (or going to enter) to Orakei Korako. Located by a lake with great views of the geothermal activity. You must be self contained. We decided to stay after the visit as it was getting dark.
2 adults & 2 children (7 & 3 years old). Stayed in July.