Motorhome friendly

Rotorua Lakes Council is pleased you have chosen to spend part of your mobile holiday with us here in Rotorua.  Rotorua is a fantastic city with much to see and enjoy.

While you are in the inner city  there is a free daytime parking area to cater specifically for visiting camper vans and motorhome drivers. The aim is to provide an easily accessible parking facility within a few minutes’ walk of the inner city, museum, pools, supermarkets and our new Green Corridor which offers a designated route for cycles and mobility scooters through our city to Kuirau Park to the east of Ngongotaha. 

The new designated parking venue is located just behind The Arts Village in Government Gardens, inside the Hinemoa Street entrance. It has free all-day parking spaces marked out for the larger vehicles, as well as providing parking spaces for cars.

Camping is not permitted on most of our parks or neighbourhood recreation reserves, however, council does have some specified overnight camping locations in the Rotorua District.

These are:

Boyes Beach - Right on the lakefront, great view and awesome swimming spot. Vehicles with purpose built sleeping facilities (eg. motorhome, campervan, caravan, house bus etc) are permitted to park overnight for a fee in designated spaces within the existing carpark area. No cars, utes, passenger vans etc. No tents.

Click here for more information about the Lake Okareka Campsite


Guy Roe Reserve - Guy Roe Reserve is located on Brett Road, Lake Rerewhakaaitu. The reserve area, commonly known as the Homestead Arm, has been a popular fishing spot for many years. Camping is permitted on part of the reserve and an honesty box is provided for payment. The reserve is also popular for picnics and boat access to the lake. Other camping areas are also provided further around the lake by the
Department of Conservation.

Trout Pools Reserve - Okere Falls
Vehicles with purpose built sleeping facilities (eg. motorhome, campervan, caravan, house bus etc) are permitted to park overnight for free in designated spaces within the existing carpark area. No cars, utes, passenger vans etc. No tents.

Lake Okaro Reserve
This reserve can be accessed from Waimangu Road. This lake is an important wildlife habitat for water birds such as the grey teal, paradise shelduck and dabchick. The lake is popular for trout fishing and water-skiing. Water quality is not as good as other lakes in the area due to run-off from surrounding farms. It is however
quite safe for recreational activities.

Camping on our Reserves

​ReserveCampervans​Tents​Fees-AdultsFees-Child​Under 5​how to pay
​Trout Pool Road​Yes​No​No fees​No fees​No fees
​Lake Okaro Reserve​Yes​Yes​$8​$4​Freeenvelopes supplied
​Boyes Beach​Yes​No​$10​$5​Freeadministered by camp wardens​
​Guy Roe Reserve​Yes​Yes​$8​$4​Free​envelopes supplied
​Lake Rarewhakaaitu​Yes ​Yes$8​$4​Free​​envelopes supplied

Department of Conservation

The Department of Conservation administer six conservation campsites in the Rotorua District. For more information click here. Find out more about Freedom Camping here.

Page reviewed: 16 May 2017 4:13pm