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Where to camp in Rotorua

Friday, 6 December 2019

Over the warmer summer months camping in Rotorua is an awesome option for accommodation but with so many fantastic campsites, you may need a  little help choosing where to camp. Rotorua camping puts you in the heart of nature with all the fun right at your front door! Camping is also a great way to save some money for all those amazing activities Rotorua has to offer and a fantastic option for those travelling with families.

If you’re stuck with where to camp in Rotorua, we’ve put together our top 4 camping Rotorua options below:

  1. Blue Lake Top 10 Holiday Park 

  2. Hot Water Beach, Lake Tarawera

  3. Lake Okareka DOC Campsite

  4. Rotorua Top 10 Holiday Park & Camping


1. Blue Lake Top 10 Holiday Park

Imagine having a lake at your front door? Well that is the reality at the Blue Lake Top 10 Holiday Park. You can walk out of your tent, camper van or cabin, cross the road and be at the lakes edge. Warm up with a 6km loop walk around the lake or get your day started with an early morning dip. With awesome family friendly facilities at the holiday park and a child friendly lake just across the road it's a great choice for where to camp in this beautiful city, especially in the warmer months. 


Photo: The Blue Lake top 10 holiday park is a great Rotorua camping option.


2. Hot Water Beach, Lake Tarawera 

Keen trampers who want to tackle the 5-6 hour Tarawera Trail will be pleased to know this goregous campsite is waiting for them at the end! Soak your weary legs in the natural hot springs at Te Rata Bay and watch the sunet over Lake Tarawera. If you don't fancy a walk to get here, you can book a water taxi or take your own boat. It's essential to pre book these non-powered tent sites because they're super popular. Don't forget to boil the lake water before drinking it, and note that fires aren't allowed. If you’re looking for where to camp and wanting something a little different, this is the perfect Rotorua camping option.

Lake Tarawere camp ground - Where to camp in Rotorua

Photo: With its own hot water spring, Hot Water Beach campground is a secret gem of camping Rotorua


3. Lake Okareka DOC Campsite

Ever imagined being able to camp on the shores of a Lake in Rotorua? Well we have made dreams come true and only a 15 minute drive from Rotorua is a Lake Okareka DOC campsite. The campsite is first in, first served so you don't need to pre book and the cost per night is no more than $15 per person. Make sure you boil the water from the lake before drinking it and fires are also not allowed at the campsite. Camping doesn't get any better really - fishing and swimming right at your finger tips. 


Photo: You can't get a camping Rotorua spot closer to the lake than this!


4. Rotorua Top 10 Holiday Park and Camping

Our final pick for where to camp is located in central Rotorua, the Top 10 Holiday Park and Camping is an awesome location. Being nice and close to town means it is easy to walk around the city and check out what it our awesome town has to offer. The camp grounds have awesome facilities with the option of popping up a tent or parking up your camper van. It is one of the most kid friendly camping grounds in Rotorua with an awesome playground for the kids to spend hours on. You can't get camping any more central than this!


 Photo: If you’re deciding where to camp and want something central, then Rotorua Top 10 is the spot for you.


When camping in Rotorua you're spoiled for choice - with these awesome options the hardest part is choosing where to camp! But now that you've got your accommodation sorted you can start the fun part, choosing all the other things to do this geothermal hot spot! 

Check out the top things to do in Rotorua here


Topics: Staying in Rotorua