Government Gardens Thermal Area

Government Gardens Thermal Area

Overnight Campervan Parking



22 Rankers Reviews

1 Face-to-Face

212 Freedom Camping

41 Rotorua




Self-Containment Warrant and Responsible Camper stickers must be displayed at all times on your vehicle.
Please take your rubbish with you.
Alcohol may not be consumed in any public places.


Feature Value Info


North IslandRotorua RegionRotorua


  • Freedom Camping
  • Free


Showing 13 reviews of 22.

Steve Mac's avatar

Steve Mac

Ranking: 7/10

Nice location, but spots are hard to get later in the arvo. We tried to squeeze in without actually being in a parking spot. But at about 8pm security knocked on our door and told us to move on. He kindly told us that the Sudima hotel, which is only a stone's throw away, happily take the overflow. Sudima was nice and quiet, and huge

Reviewed 15 days ago

Sven's avatar


Ranking: 7/10

Parking lot in the centre of the governmental garden. Filled up very fast even though its off season We recommend a visit to the Polynesian spa.

Reviewed 21 days ago

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Alison's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Small freedom camping site in car park directly opposite the Polynesean spa. This site fits 15ish campers and was filled by 5pm (we were here in June). The only other freedom site in Rotorua only has 3 campervan spaces so I’d plan to get here early.

Lovely little site with a waterfountain and public toilets (turn left towards the bowling club) although these closed at night. Free WiFi from Polyneasan spa which is open to 11pm for bathing/showering!

Reviewed 4 months ago

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David Wilson

Ranking: 8/10

Relatively plentiful spaces (12-15), compared to other freedom camping spots, it did still get full around 5pm in winter.

Ideal for walks around the city centre attractions, and those a little drive out.

There are good toilet/shower facilities available at the visitor centre (5 min walk) for 5 dollars.

It does smell, as the rest of the city does, but surprisingly quiet.

Reviewed 4 months ago

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Becca's avatar


Ranking: 7/10

Situated in a car park just outside the polynesian spa in the government gardens. Quite a few spots but these filled up early afternoon, even in winter so get there early. There are toilets a couple of minutes away but these were locked overnight. Easy access into the town centre. There is a fountain in the gardens but it's not too loud and there is a wiff of sulphur!

Reviewed 5 months ago

Lucy751's avatar


Ranking: 7/10

Great location, only downside is the lack of nearby toilets at night. Places fill up fairly quickly but there is parking near the lake, follow the road all the way round. There are no signs but a few locals park their vans here and we were fine for the night (although lots of flies!) The Polynesian Spa cafe does a great $10 eggs Benedict bagel and coffee!

Reviewed 7 months ago

Courtney's avatar


United States

Ranking: 8/10

Car park in the middle of town. Bathrooms are just a short walk away near the bowling club. Lots of shops, restaurants, and siteseeing to be had within walking distance. The spots do fill up early, even in the slower season. We visited in late February and all parking spots were filled before noon. The iSite is close and offers showers if needed. Be prepared that most of the town does have a strong sulphur smell.

Reviewed 7 months ago

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Matthias's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Small quiet place almost dead centre in town.
Spaces are limited to approximately 15 and the nearby toilets at the local Lawn Bowls Club are locked at night, from earlier than 8p.m. to later than 8a.m. - at least when I visited. Opening times are not displayed.
There are no other facilities.

Reviewed 8 months ago

Johnston’s's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Great wee spot. Easy walk to shops, and attentions. Only a few parks so get in early. It is monitored so you feel safe. Toilets a short walk away too

Reviewed 12 months ago

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The Flip Flop Family

United Kingdom

Ranking: 5/10

Free carpark opposite The Polynesian Spa. Only a 10minute walk into town from there. There are clean toilets but they are a 4minute walk from the carpark. Due to the sulphur pools, the are does smell of rotten eggs. There is a night food market in Rotorua on Thursday nights. Happy Camping from The Flip Flop Family

Reviewed about 1 year ago

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Claudia's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Good spot! Right next to town, and the lake. Public toilets a 2 min walk away but do close at night. Car park was full by the evening, and that is even out of peak season!

Reviewed about 1 year ago

Tiago's avatar


Ranking: 7/10

Location is perfect, right on the city and near all shops but the problem is the size. Only few parking spots which became full early in the morning. We arrived and found no places to stop, finally we have to pay one TOP10 to overnight.

Reviewed about 1 year ago

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jarren Verbeek


Ranking: 9/10

Great place in central Rotorua. Right next to the Polynesian spa, toilets are half a minute walk away bit close overnight. Ideal if you want to visit Rotorua. Do come in time as it's a busy spot, even know winter all places are occupied.

Reviewed about 1 year ago