Great spot! Only three spots, we took the last one at 5pm. We had a peaceful night and 24h toilets just a 200m
Only 2 spots now available very disappointed
3 carparks for overnight parking. If these are full, DO NOT GO TO HATUPATU DRIVE parking area as suggested in previous posts. This is not a camping area and you will be moved on.
ONLY 3 SPOTS! We thought the other spots, left of the parking description, were also for overnight camping.
Exactly what Charlotte says underneath. We were also guided to that other spot. Even though the place was big and with toilets nearby, there was a intense sulfid smell and some people who stayed up late. It seemed like some people (maybe homeless) settled there as if it was their home.
However, we were happy we got friendly moved to a spot with overnight camping.
After reading some reviews here we went straight to Hatupatu carpark. It's not entirely clear if it's a freedom camping spot as there were no signs related to camping, but it was very busy there with at least 30 campervans and motor homes plus two tents. The coastguard drove through around 8:30pm but didn't take any notice of all the parked vehicles. The toilets were open when we needed them (20:15 and 07:00) and didn't appear to have been closed during the night. In the evening we had no trouble with bugs but there were swarms of them in the morning. It's a beautiful place to park up for the night and we would recommend staying here if you're looking for a site near Rotorua.
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Only 3 spots, which were full when we came early afternoon, therefore the few points.
We went to hatupatu car Park, which is also right at the lake 5 Minutes drive away.
Pretty nice view over the lake there too. Need to be fully selfcontaint. There are flush Toilettes, but rather dirty. All in all for free a good campsite 7/10 for that.
Place is only for three cars, right next to the road and batrooms are pretty far, but not bad. We left and went to hatupatu car par, since we read it is nice and more quiet with bathrooms and it is allowed to sleep there. During the night I suppose locals came several times to wake up everybody by car horn and load music. Very bad experience with rotorua.
Unbelievable... only 3spots here.
Only 3 spots, a 4th can fit, but no marking on the ground. I parked there and was sent away. Guy told me I can park next to the toilet block, which is like 100m away. So I stayed there and had no more trouble. Yes, that's stupid, but who cares?!
Only 3 spaces which were all full when we got there about 5pm. We ended up parking next to the designated spaces as there were a few other campers already there. Toilets a short walk away.
We did however get woken up by security about midnight and asked to move (fair enough we weren't meant to be there!).
Thankfully they were friendly and moved us to a car park further round the lake which was much nicer! Right next to a toilet block, next to the lake and away from main road. Called Hatupatu car park.
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Only three spots but we were lucky and got one of them. Stayed here for two nights. Even tho In a parking lot it felt super safe with security driving at night. Super popular every other minute people came in their campers to see if it was free so we got super lucky. Very nice and central. Toilets is a short walk but nice and clean.
This site has only three spaces which are basically filled up first thing in the morning. We tried twice and didn’t get in. Very quick access ;1-2mins walk) to lake and 5-10mins into town centre. If planning to go, aim to be there early and have a back up option
This spot we found was less crowded. Security car did drive by which was good. Still good company around. You are under street lights, but thats fine
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Got here early, around 12:30 pm and snagged the last of only three spots. No shade, so your vehicle will be in the sun all day. Never mind. Looks across some asphalt on the lake. Can restroom s maybe a 150 to 200 meter walk. Curious why Rotorua doesn't offer more Freedom Camping.
Space is far left corner when u facing lake.very limited spots
U will be moved if u park on right side near to the disability area
Thanks for council to dedicate some spots in prime location
Nice place, right on city Center. We could not stop because it was already full. There are only few spots, try early if you want to stop over here. Use the delimited area for Campers. We saw the police asking to the ones parking on wrong places to remove their cars.
Nice and practical spot to explore the city center. Seems to be famous as it was already full when we first tried it.
Only 3 places for camper-van! The security said, its not allowed to stay at the other places next to it. We have to move inside Rotorua Lakefront Reserve, the other side of the park (Oruawhata Drive).
We got there on our first night around 5:30 and the three car parks had already been taken, the sign isn’t clear if the other car parks nearby are overnight so we thought we could stay there but a security guard told us to move along, the next night we were able to get a park but others parked nearby and weren’t told to move on. So you might get lucky if it is full.
Just a car park, the designated camper van spaces are marked and these are the only spaces you are allowed to park in- a ranger came round in the evening to check. Nice public toilets just across the green. Short walk into town so good location and close to the lake.
Quiet parking lot overlooking the water. You can watch the sun rise right from your car. There were flushing toilets less than a minute walk away. You are side by side with the other cars but no one disturbed one another.
One of the only options round here for freedom camping. Conveniently located near the lakefront, and easy access to the town. It’s not completely clear where you should camp, there are three spots that have campervans marked on them, but the sign doesn’t specify that those are the only spots that should be used. The ones closest to the toilets and water do say no overnight camping, so we didn’t risk it although some did. 200m walk to the toilets across the grass, but they were clean and open overnight.
Car park near the lake and with nice views but there is space only for 3 campervans.
Nice spot at the lake. Felt very safe and comfortable. Public toilets close by.
Really busy place right at the street. For a free night ok, toilets 2 minutes away. Spooky guy knocked on every campervan at 3 a.m. waking everybody up asking for money telling strange stuff...
Free. Nice parking near the lake. 3 spots designated but the spots just nearby (where we parked amongst others) didn't cause any problem. 8-10 spots max!
Fine located within Rotorua, toilets at a 2mins walk.