Lake Rotokare Scenic Reserve


4.9 from 19 users


365 Sangster Road, Rawhitiroa, North Island


Lake Rotokare Scenic Reserve is a stunning 230 hectare forested hill-country catchment with extensive wetlands and 17.8 hectare natural lake. Lake Rotokare Scenic Reserve is located at the end of Sangster Road, via Rawhitiroa Road in an easterly direction from Eltham. The Reserve is fully enclosed in a pest proof fence and there is a double gate system at the entrance. Freedom camping is permitted in two areas; Area A - Up to three self-contained vehicles may freedom camp in the area directly in front of the estuary area. Area B - Up to three non-self-contained vehicles may freedom camp in the area directly outside the public toilets and information centre. No person may freedom camp for more than three (3) consecutive nights in any calendar month, at any one site. Boating, water-skiing and kayaking are popular pursuits on the lake, although power craft are excluded from the lake from May to November to provide a peaceful refuge for birdlife. There is a is a 4.2 km bush walk around the Lake. Dogs are prohibited in the reserve at all times.

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Lat: -39.454304 Lng: 174.408477

User Reviews


User 251279

Amazing spot! Beautiful view, walks and how good to have wifi! Toilets clean, shower is cold. Heaps of bird life. Very grateful to have these facilities available for us NSC people.



If you find a better camping spot, contact me. Also, I would rate the walking/hikes here above the Tongariro Crossing; the best I've done so far. Such a unique cultivation of forest, animals, and tranquility. Take the time to slow down, breathe, and be at one with nature as the energy is very strong here. Allow yourself to be recharged and leave your worries at the double gate entrance, you can take them with you when you leave, if you like. Also, if you are able to, dontate at least $5 or $10, and buy a $20 bottle of honey made right here in the reserve.


User 233408

Beautiful place... volunteering so-fr 9am to 12 off... nice people to go with


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