This campsite is extremely popular during the summer months.
Fires are not permitted at any time. See fire rules on conservation land.
The DOC Campsite Pass cannot be used at this campsite.
Visitors need to book a campsite and pay the total fee prior to arrival. Bookings are made through the Whakarewarewa Village Charitable Trust, managed by Totally Tarawera.
Access by boat (water taxis are available) or walk in via the Tarawera Trail. Find commercial operators for Lake Tarawera Scenic Reserve.
NZTM2000 coordinates: E1900487, N5761583
Latitude: -38.24410046, Longitude: 176.43375623
Be careful of patches of hot sand at the beach and scalding water areas within the foreshore of the camp.
Lakeshore mooring posts are limited.
Do not use water from the lake near the beach or stream for drinking or food preparations. The water may contain the naturally occurring chemical arsenic, found in volcanic and geothermal areas.
Water collected from the main part of the lake could contain other contaminants and must be boiled for drinking. It is recommended you bring your own water.
Due to the ongoing risk of rockfall, campsites 1, 2, 4, 5 and 6 are closed to camping. Danger signs have been placed to warn against entering this hazard area of the camp. The beachfront is the safest way between camp and thermal pools.
The rest of the campground remains open for bookings.
Dogs are not allowed in areas administered by DOC in the Rotorua area.