Government Gardens Thermal Area

Government Gardens Thermal Area

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26 Rankers Reviews

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226 Freedom Camping

38 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.


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North IslandRotorua RegionRotorua


  • Freedom Camping
  • Free


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Isadora's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Nice place, 17 spots, toilet not far way, but full around 4 pm.

Reviewed 4 days ago

Stuart's avatar


Ranking: 7/10

Was full when we got there but saw a review saying an overflow car park owned by the council by the Sudima Hotel which can confirm is true (just a 30 second drive away). No rangers so we were unclear as to whether it was an official freedom camping spot, but at least 8 campervans there. Only downfall is you’re about a 5-10 walk from a toilet, which locks overnight. In probably the nicest part of Rotorua near the Government gardens, and yes it does smell of sulphur.

Reviewed 6 days ago

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Ranking: 6/10

It's free, its well located at the city centre and public toilet walking distance (open from sunrise till sunset). There is vigilance at night. Ok place to stay in Rotorua.

Reviewed about 1 month ago

Lianne's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Central and nice spot near the park, heaps of space (around 18?). Though, we came here at 3:30 and took the last spot. Make sure to be on time!

Reviewed about 1 month ago

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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 3 months 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 3 months ago

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 6 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 7 months ago

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 7 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 9 months ago

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Courtney's avatar


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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 9 months ago

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 10 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 about 1 year ago