Hot Water Beach

Image: DOC


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


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

Seasonal restrictions

This campsite is extremely popular during the summer months.

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

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


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


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

NZMCA / DOC campsite pass cannot be used at this campsite.

Backcountry Hut Passes cannot be used at this campsite.


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

Water supply is not reliable due to intermittent toxic algal blooms in Lake Tarawera (more prevalent over the summer period) - take your own water supply as the lake water may not be drinkable.

Lakeshore mooring posts are limited.


Rotorua i-SITE Visitor Information Centre
Phone:   +64 7 351 7324
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Address:   1167 Fenton St
Postal Address:   Private Bag 3007
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