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Lake Okareka DOC Campsite

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Hamilton, New Zealand
Reviewed 28 November 2016

We visited the campsite in November, and really loved it. It is situated right on the lake, away from the business of Rotorua. It is relatively easy to find; simply drive down Millar Rd (coming from Rotorua), past Boyes beach. The campsite is located at the end of the road. Beware though, space is limited. So you might find yourself...

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Surrey, United Kingdom
Reviewed 1 November 2016 via mobile

We ended up staying here for 3 nights. Was so beautiful and quiet. No running water and a long drop- smelly, however very very clean. Was a pleasant stay and super close to Rotorua town, campsite easy to access and find.

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Reviewed 30 October 2016

We arrived just before dark, and managed to get ourselves sorted before the darkness fell. It is a beautiful location, althought it was slightly difficult to find. There is a long-drop toilet and a basin to wash dishes etc outside of the toilet. There is also an eating area with a roof, so perfect for rainy days. It was a...

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Mount Maunganui, New Zealand
Reviewed 17 March 2016

Visited this campsite for the day in 2015 and decided we would like to camp there in the future. Stayed there in February this year for a night. It is a beautiful place surrounded by natural bush. The lake is clean and safe. It is a great swimming spot, good for water sports as well. The toilets are clean and...

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Lichfield, United Kingdom
Reviewed 10 January 2016

We stayed with two small tents for two nights. Be aware it is a basic site with no running water, closed vault toilets and take your rubbish with you. But it's very well looked after and the warden is friendly. Absolutely beautiful, plenty of people swimming in the lake. Worth it for the sunrise. Conveniently located for Rotarua. Highly recommended....

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
Reviewed 3 April 2015

This was our first DOC site in New Zealand and we had a pleasant stay, it can get very busy at times and on the night we stayed it was full and the grass area completely covered in tents. The view of the lack was stunning and this is a must stay at site if you are in the area,but...

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Rotorua, New Zealand
Reviewed 15 February 2015

I have just spent a few days here camping with friends. What a great spot to stay. There are "closed vault toilets" which are keep very clean, a shelter if need to cook under. No running water and it is a "take your rubbish in and take your rubbish out" area. Two basins have been set up to wash dishes...

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Thank Strickes
Reviewed 10 February 2015 via mobile

Super busy all long weekend, but that's to be expected with such good weather! Don't think it would usually be so busy! Really nice location on the lake and close to other lakes. Good spot to swim. Saw some people cliff jumping at a spot to the right if you're into that. Clean toilets and good area for cooking. Have...

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London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 9 March 2014

This is a really beautiful spot, and well worth the extra bit of driving. It does get really busy so make sure you arrive early (before 6pm if possible) to get a space, especially if you're in a van. Views are brilliant and you can swim if you want. Facilities are limited to three long-drop toilets - no water, no...

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Amenities

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  • Free Parking
  • Beachfront
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  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
  • Beachfront
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  • Free Parking
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
The Lake Ōkareka campsite allows campers on a budget to camp in a safe and secluded setting on the picturesque northern shores of Lake Ōkareka. It's located 15 minutes from central Rotorua. Take your kids fishing, kayaking and canoeing, there’s a fantastic playground at nearby Boyes Beach and a trail to an infamous jumping rock nearby. Toilets, a cooking shelter and tables are available for use. Fees Adult (18+ years): $13 per night Child (5 - 17 years): $6.50 per night Infant (0 - 4 years): Free Payment required on arrival, at the self-registration stand. A camp manager will visit during your stay. Campsite Details No Reservations​ Number of non powered campervan sites - 12 Room for many tents on grassed areas The campsite is managed by local volunteers from the Lake Ōkareka Community Association under contract to the Department of Conservation. Directions Drive east out of Rotorua city on state highway 30 towards Whakatane for 3km. Take a right turn onto Tarawera Road at the large roundabout and drive for about 4.5km and turn left onto Ōkareka Loop Rd. Once you reach the settlement of Ōkareka turn left onto Miller Road and continue for 2km. The turn-off to the Ōkareka campsite is on the right where the sealed road ends. (Access to the campsite is sealed.) Know before you go Lake water must be boiled before drinking. There is limited room at the campsite. Site not suitable for vehicles over 6 metres in length. Fires are not permitted at any time. Dogs are not allowed in areas administered by DOC in the Rotorua area. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Lake Okareka DOC Campsite

Address: 231 Millar Road | Lake Okareka, Rotorua 3076, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Bay of Plenty Region > Rotorua District > Rotorua
Price Range: $5 - $10 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 12
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“Best to get there late afternoon if you wish to secure a campsite near the water as the place fills up fairly quickly.”
Judith777, 16 Mar 2016 | Read review
“Arrive early to get a space.”
EllieandAlexis, 9 Mar 2014 | Read review
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