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5 Free Camping Spots in Rotorua

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Freedom camping in Rotorua.

Nothing sounds sweeter to a backpacker’s ears than the word “free”. Freedom camping in Rotorua is a great way to save on the cents when travelling around New Zealand. The Rotorua district has a limited number of free camping spots, most of which are only open to certified self-contained vehicles. Take a look at the list below for the free camping spots in Rotorua.

Although the options are limited from freedom camping in Rotorua, there is a good selection of low-cost Department of Conservation campgrounds. For more information, check out Where to Camp in Rotorua.

Wherever you decide to camp in Rotorua, remember to camp responsibly by following the 11 Golden Rules of Camping in New Zealand.

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1. Trout Pool Road

You can sleep in any vehicle in the car park at the end of Trout Pool Road, although tents are not permitted. Toilet facilities are available. Make use of the Okere Falls Track and watch people white water rafting. Find out more about white water rafting here at 7 Places to go White Water Rafting in New Zealand.

Location: 103 Trout Pool Rd, Okere Falls
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2. Hinemoa Street Car Park

Self-contained vehicles can park here overnight for free. There are no facilities so make sure you take all your waste with you.

Location: eastern end of Hinemoa Street just before the Polynesian Spa.
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3. Lakefront Drive

A suitable overnight parking area for certified self-contained vehicles. There are no facilities nearby so please take all your waste with you!

Location: Marine Parade and Lakefront Drive near the War Memorial Park.
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4. Haupapa Street Car Park

Certified self-contained vehicles can park overnight for free between the hours of 5pm and 8am only. You will have to pay for parking outside of these hours.

Location: Mid-way down Haupapa Street in Rotorua city centre
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5. POP in Mamaku

Those with a self-contained vehicle can stay on this park over property in Mamaku on the arrangement with the owners, David and Steph Fleet. Contact: 07 332 5728.

Location: 22 Tarena St, Mamaku
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