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

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


Until 30 June 2019:

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

From 1 July 2019:

  • Adult (18+ years): $15 per night
  • Child (5 - 17 years): $7.50 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 online or contact:

Whakarewarewa Thermal Village Tours
17 Tryon Street
Whakarewarewa Village
Phone: +64 7 349 3463 ext. 102

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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