Campgrounds


Te Mana o Ngāti Rangitihi manages three campgrounds on behalf of the Department of Conservation.

Tapahoro Campground

The Tapahoro campground is located on a reserve at the eastern end of Lake Tarawera, and is a place of historical significance to Ngāti Rangitihi.

Ash Pit Road Campground

Camp on the shores of Lake Rerewhakaaitu; take binoculars for watching water birds.

Brett Road Campground

Camp on the shores of Lake Rerewhakaaitu – there is good fishing, swimming and walking nearby.

Tapahoro Campground

(Tarawera Outlet)


 

The Tapahoro campground is located on a reserve at the eastern end of Lake Tarawera, and is a place of historical significance to Ngāti Rangitihi. The campground is managed by Te Mana, and as Ngāti Rangitihi we encourage you to experience the area which was once a long-term residence of the iwi and is now a vital part of our heritage.

Tapahoro Campground

Campsites

The campground fronts the eastern shore of Lake Tarawera. There are 50 campsites available on a first-come-first-served basis with payment made at the collection box or to the Campground Manager. Booking cannot be made in advance other than by schools or education groups.

Campers are expected to be familiar with the Campground Rules which help ensure you have a safe and enjoyable stay.

Facilities include

  • Tap water
  • Toilets
  • Showers
  • Picnic table
  • Shelter for cooking
  • Boat Ramp
  • Jetty

Fees

  • Adult (18+ years): $13.00 per night
  • Child (5 – 17 years): $6.50 per night
  • Infant (0 – 4 years): free

Schools and other educational groups are discounted by 30% (details below)

Getting there – Driving

You can access Tapahoro from Kawerau township (off SH 30 between Rotorua and Whakatane) via private forestry roads if you have an access permit (see below). The forest gate is closed during the hours of darkness. The forest road may be closed in summer when fire risk is high.

Access Permits to the Campground cost $5 per vehicle and can be picked up on the day of entering the forest from:

Kawerau Information Centre
Plunket St, Kawerau
Phone: +64 7 323 6300
Email: kawerauinfo@xtra.co.nz
NB: The Centre is open daily 9am – 4pm and 8am – 6pm from December 15 to January 29

Application forms for access permits are also available online at KawerauOnline. Allow three business days to secure a permit by email.

Getting There – Boat

You can also access the campground by boat. There are a number of concessionaires that run either boat or helicopter transport around the Rotorua Lakes area, creating a variety of options for connecting trails or getting to/from campgrounds. View guides and tourism providers

Activities

Tapahoro is one of the access points to the Lake Tarawera Scenic Reserve which contains many recreation and cultural sites including Tarawera Orchard and Humphries Bay. A bridge links the campground to several tracks including tracks to Lake Okataina and the Tarawera Falls.

Trout fishing and water sports on the lake are popular in the summer. Fly fishing season is 1 October – 31 May and you can apply for a fishing license through the Te Arawa Lakes Trust from 1 September each year by registering with the Trust and completing a Register of Interest form.  Successful applicants will get a 50% subsidy from the Trust (or no charge if aged 65 years and over).

School and Education Group Visits

School and other education groups can book campsites at Tapahoro. It is a beautiful environment which offers a great camping experience along with a range of activities including bush walks and kayaking (please note, schools will need to bring their own kayaks).

Fees for educational groups are discounted by 30%.

You can download your booking form here. If you have queries about educational visits, contact Dougal Stewart at 0800AKATEA or dougal.stewart@ngatirangitihi.iwi.nz

Ash Pit Road Campground

(Rerewhakaaitu)


 

Camp on the shores of Lake Rerewhakaaitu and be sure to bring your binoculars to watch water birds.

Getting there

  • Turn off SH 5 into SH 38, then turn into Rerewhakaaitu Road
  • After 2.7km turn left into Brett Rd and follow to end
  • Turn right into Ash Pit Rd and follow the sealed road to camp

Fees

  • Adult (18+ years): $8 per night
  • Child (5 – 17 years): $4 per night
  • Infant (0 – 4 years): free

Payment is required on arrival at the self-registration stand and a camp manager is likely to visit during your stay.

Know before you go

  • Fires are not permitted at any time
  • Dogs are not allowed in areas administered by DOC in the Rotorua area

– Department of Conservation

Ash Pitt Road Campground

Brett Road Campground

(Rerewhakaaitu)


 

Camp on the shores of Lake Rerewhakaaitu where there is good fishing, swimming and nearby walks.

Getting there

  • Lake Rerewhakaaitu is 29 km south-east of Rotorua.
  • Turn off SH5 into SH38, then into Rerewhakaaitu Rd and follow for 2.7 km.
  • Turn left into Brett Road, Awaatua Bay and follow for 4.5 km to the campsite.

Fees

  • Adult (18+ years): $8 per night
  • Child (5 – 17 years): $4 per night
  • Infant (0 – 4 years): free

Payment is required on arrival at the self-registration stand and a camp manger is likely to visit during your stay.

Activities

  • Fishing: Visit the Fish & Game website for further information on how to obtain a license to fish
  • Kayaking: Kayakers often enjoy the lake and the surrounding birdlife

Know before you go

  • Fires are not permitted at any time
  • Dogs are not allowed in areas administered by DOC in the Rotorua area

– Department of Conservation

Register with Te Mana o Ngāti Rangitihi Trust