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Camp in scenic surroundings. Relax in the natural hot springs in Te Rata Bay. Enjoy water sports or explore the tracks in other areas around Lake Tarawera.

Campsite overview


  • Boat
  • Foot


  • Rivers and lakes


  • Category


  • Bookings

Bookings required


  • Shelter for cooking
  • Water from stream
30 non-powered/tent sites

Seasonal restrictions

  • Extremely popular during the summer months.

Dog access

No dogs

  • Check, clean, dry

    Stop the spread of didymo and other freshwater pests.

    Remember to Check, Clean, Dry all items before entering, and when moving between, waterways.

About this campsite

Getting there

There are a number of commercial operators that run either boat or helicopter transport around the Rotorua Lakes area, creating a variety of options for connecting trails or getting to / from campsites. Find commercial operators for Lake Tarawera Scenic Reserve


NZTM2000 coordinates: E1900487, N5761583
Latitude: -38.24410046, Longitude: 176.43375623


Hot Water Beach.
Hot Water Beach

  • Adult (18+ years): $10 per night
  • Child (5 - 17 years): $5 per night
  • Infant (0 - 4 years): free


Visitors need to book a campsite and pay the total fee prior to arrival. Booking reduces the pressure on space, facilities and environment at this popular campsite and provide visitors with a better atmosphere and experience.

Bookings are made through the Whakarewarewa Village Charitable Trust who manages the campsite.

Book on the Whakarewarewa website or contact:

Whakarewarewa Thermal Village Tours
17 Tryon Street
Whakarewarewa Village
Phone: +64 7 349 3463 ext. 101

Know before you go

  • Limited lakeshore mooring posts.
  • Water from the lake must be boiled for drinking.
  • Fires are not permitted at any time.


Rotorua Office
Phone:      +64 7 349 7400
Full office details
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