Te Rata Family glamping

Hot Water Beach, Lake Tarawera, Rotorua

Take the opportunity to experience camping with the family where everything is already setup for you in a beautiful semi-private location.

Just bring your clothes, sleeping bags and food and just enjoy your relaxing, fun outdoor experience.

Maybe the family has never been camping before or you are over transporting and setting up all that camping gear when you get there. We have the answer for you.

Your campsite is located 100m along the beach from the Hot Water Beach DOC campsite.

It is set within a grove of mature Kanuka Trees just 50m from the edge of the lake where you can enjoy the lakes thermal waters.

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Hot Water Beach

The campsite is located in Te Rata Bay at the southern arm of Lake Tarawera and is only accessible by boat or via the Tarawera Trail. This means you can go over in your own boat, jump on our water taxi or walk in the trail with us bringing in you gear so it is there before you arrive. This makes your holiday experience a real adventure.


What we Provide:

Bedroom Tent

  • 2 room canvas tent with an entrance porch.
  • Double bed with a foam mattress. (Front room)
  • 2 sets of bunks (Backroom)
  • Solar-powered lighting

Dining/Kitchen Tent

  • Hexagon shaped with permanent mesh 4 sides
  • Washup Sink, Storage units 20ltrs container water, crockery, utensils
  •  2 burner gas hob, gas grilling plate.
  • Kitchen table and chairs
  • Solar lighting and lantern

Bathroom Tent

  • Chemical toilet
  • Hand washbasin


  • 6 outdoor chairs
  • Clothesline
  • Private beach access
  • Nearby hot pool
  • Bushwalks
  • Children’s games

Hot Water Beach Cooking

On request, we can email you free our Hot Water Beach Recipe book so the family can try cooking in the geothermal water and ground.

It will give you recipes of how-to and what you require to cook your food successfully from an egg to a leg of lamb. (Note you should always put items to cook in a sealed bag or container)



What you bring:

  • Sheets or duvet for a double bed.
  • Pillows
  • Sheets or sleeping bags for children. (Self- inflating mattress provided for bunks)
  • Towels
  • Personal clothing, toiletries, sunblock, insect repellent
  • Food, beverages, conderments,
  • Chilly bin for frozen foods including ice-packs.
  • Torch for exploring

Please note: if your personal gear is being transported by boat try to pack so there are not too many bags and items can easily be lifted on and off the boat.

Enjoy your experience.



Camping up to 2 adults and 4 children $250/night (minimum 2 nights)
Boat Transport   Return for Family +gear    $120.00


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  • "Our hiking group really enjoyed the Tarewera Trail and the excellent service of the taxi boat. The taxi arrive on time and the shuttle to the car park was waiting for us in Tarawera landing, it was a really nice trip. The staff was very friendly." - Javier R
    Excellent service. Highly recommended   -   August 2021
  • "Excellent service and we were picked up on time. Free shuttle service from the landing to the car park. Friendly staff." - Ronil P
    Excellent   -   August 2021
  • "Great service that was easy to book. The taxi arrived in good time at Hot Water Beach and the shuttle was waiting after the journey to take us back to the car park. I feel confident to use the service again for other trips on the lake!" - Jane F
    Great Service   -   July 2021
  • "Brilliant service, fast comfortable boat, Captain Dave very informative, really useful pick-up from the Tarawera Trail carpark."  - Chris Tyler
    Exceptional Service, Lovely Bush Walk, Hot Pools   -   July 2021
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