Family at Lake Okareka Campsite

Image: Nick Lambert | ©

Introduction

Scenic lakeside campsite 15 min from Rotorua; swim or fish in the lake.

Campsite overview

Access

  • Boat
  • Campervan
  • Car

Category

  • Category
Scenic

Bookings

  • Bookings

Bookings not required - first come, first served

Facilities

  • Non-powered/tent sites
  • Shelter for cooking
  • Toilets
  • Water from stream
  • Wheelchair accessible with assistance
12 non-powered/tent sites

Activities

  • Fishing
  • Swimming

Seasonal restrictions

Fires are not permitted at any time.

Dog access

No dogs
  • 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

Head east out of Rotorua on SH 30 towards Whakatane for approx 1.7 km. Take a right turn onto Tarawera Rd at the large roundabout, then left onto Okareka Loop Rd. When you reach the settlement of Okareka turn left onto Millar Rd. The turn-off to the Okareka campsite is on the right where the seal ends (access to the campsite is sealed).

Location

Latitude: -38.16203748, Longitude: 176.36073025

Fees

  • Adult (18+ years): $13 per night
  • Child (5 - 17 years): $6.50 per night
  • Infant (0 - 4 years): free

Passes

The campsite pass for rental campervans cannot be used at this campsite.

The DOC/NZMCA Campsite Pass can be used at this campsite except between 20 December and the end of Waitangi weekend.

Backcountry Hut Passes cannot be used at this campsite.

Activities

Swim or fish in the lake.

Know before you go

  • Water from the lake must must be boiled before drinking.
  • There is limited room at the campsite.
  • Site not suitable for vehicles over 6 metres in length. 
  • Fires are not permitted at any time.

Contacts

Rotorua Office
Phone:   +64 7 349 7400
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Email:   rotorua@doc.govt.nz
Address:   99 Sala Street
Rotorua 3010
Postal Address:   PO Box 1146
Rotorua 3040
Rotorua i-SITE Visitor Information Centre
Phone:   +64 7 351 7324
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Email:   rotoruavisitor@doc.govt.nz
Address:   1167 Fenton St
Rotorua
Postal Address:   Private Bag 3007
Rotorua
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