Te Rata

Step out of the hustle and bustle of daily life and into one of the most beautiful and remarkable areas of New Zealand with a stay at Te Rata Glamping site – a short 20 minute drive from Rotorua by road + 20 minutes by boat across stunning Lake Tarawera.

Located in a stunning private lakeside, native bush location, with amazing views of Mount Tarawera, this 1-tent campsite is for those who want to get away from it all or enjoy the activities this area has to offer. Rich in Maori culture and history, our campsite reflects this in its design, furnishings and values.

The individual tent accommodation is constructed to reflect a local Maori cultural feel using sustainable environmental practices.

You’ll enjoy the sun rising in the morning over the sparkling clear water… a glass of wine watching the sun setting on the mountain… relax in the natural hot pool under the stars or just snuggle into the luxurious, queen-sized bed – with pure cotton bed linen, comfy pillows and thick, feather duvet.

Te Rata is a truly special place to unwind, switch off and reconnect. Immerse yourself in the stillness and peace of nature, switch off your phone and take some time to fully enjoy life’s simple pleasures.

Had enough relaxing? Try kayaking around the secluded bays, try cooking in the geothermal sand. Try one of the day walks or a night excursion to the glowworm grotto.

Your accommodation includes the return scenic boat ride to the glamping site. Alternatively, you may choose to walk into the site along the stunning Tarawera Trail while we take your clothes and food on to the glamping site so everything is ready when you get there.

Te Rata Bay Glamping is the ultimate location for a special few nights away with your significant other – you’ll never forget this place.

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Your stay includes

  • Return water taxi ride from Tarawera Landing to the campsite, including all your personal gear.
  • Introductory commentary on the areas geothermal and cultural history by our experienced driver/guides
  • When you arrive at the Glamping site you will receive a personal tour of the site and its amenities so you feel comfortable and at home in your new surroundings.
  • Exclusive use of campsite, with one tent and up to 2 people.

Optional Extras – Food Hampers

Dinner and Breakfast Hampers suitable for a couple are available for you to cook and finish off yourself, at your leisure.

Dinner Hamper:
Hamper includes either Beef, Lamb, Chicken or Vegetarian main option, seasonal vegetables, salad with homemade dressing, ‘tried and true’ family dessert cake with fresh yoghurt, locally sourced cheese for your personalised cheese board, NZ Kawakawa craft beer and our choice of a NZ wine.

Breakfast Hamper:
Homemade granola with fresh seasonal fruits and yoghurt, sourdough bread for toasting with homemade jam or marmalade, free-range eggs and bacon. Enjoy with the fresh coffee or tea you have in your kitchen.

Prices: Dinner Hamper $125 Breakfast Hamper $75

Contact us to organize your booking and arrange the transport of your personal gear if you choose to walk in. We will give you all the information you need to know to have a fantastic visit.


Season (1 November – 30 April)
We have NZ’s first ever concession for Glamping on Department of Conservation land. Our concession is for this time period.

Closed (1 May – 30 September)

Minimum Stay

Te Rata Bay has a standard minimum stay period of two nights This includes your return boat transfer. The minimum booking period for Easter is 3 nights.


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  • Wonderful friendly & helpful service. The staff were very friendly, and the trip was a great conclusion to the weekend
    Roam 414 via TripAdvisor   -   November 2018
  • Above and beyond. Super helpful, friendly service returning from Hot Water Beach.
    MMDunedin, via TripAdvisor   -   November 2018
  • The cruise was really great: David is a passionate guide who knows a lot about the history of the landscape around the lake and also about the people who lived there and live here today: so interesting!
    Leopold L, via TripAdvisor   -   August 2018