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Fires are not permitted at any time.
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.
Permits to the Tarawera Falls and Tarawera Outlet cost $10 per vehicle.
Where to get a permit:
Monday to Friday, 8.30 am to 5 pm
Weekends and public holidays
Order online in advance: Māori Investments Limited
Kawerau i-SITE Visitor Information Centre
Plunket Street, Kawerau 3127
Phone: +64 7 323 6300
Opening hours for Kawerau i-SITE Visitor Information Centre
NZTM2000 coordinates: E1906584, N5767896
Latitude: -38.18501393, Longitude: 176.50314606
Payment required on arrival, at the self-registration stand. A camp manger is likely to visit during your stay.
The DOC/NZMCA Campsite Pass can be used at this campsite except between the Friday before Christmas and the end of Waitangi weekend. In 2020/2021, this is 18 December 2020 to 9 February 2021.
Backcountry Hut Passes cannot be used at this campsite.
Trout fishing is popular.
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.
Dogs are not allowed in areas administered by DOC in the Rotorua area.