Te Rata, Lake Tarawera

NOVEMBER SPECIAL - Book a stay for November and only pay $210 per night ($40 per night off the standard rate).

Glamping at Te Rata

From $210 p/n
Sleeps 2

With the access to this stunning lake-edge glamping site by boat or 4-hour hike only - Te Rata is one of the most off-the-beaten-path campsites in our collection.

Set on Department of Conservation (DOC) land on the edge of Lake Tarawera, Te Rata is a very special place. It's right in the very heart of the thermal Rotorua district. Steam rises sleepily from the lake edge - the result of a hot thermal spring trickling into the water. The sand on part of Hot Water Beach heats up to 86 degrees - hot enough to cook a meal 'hangi-style' beneath the surface.

Trail blazers and all-round lovely couple, David and Karen of 'Totally Tarawera', are the owners and operators of Te Rata. They are the first people in New Zealand to apply for and gain a concession for glamping on DOC land. 

Te Rata campsite itself is set next to a DOC campground, but is separated from the neighbouring campsite by a small hill, natural rocks and bush - creating a private space. It consists of one large tent with a queen-sized bed, tastefully decorated with touches of Maori design. A camp kitchen, dining area and camp bathroom are set a short distance from the tents, providing everything you need for comfortable camping. While Te Rata is nicely separate from the neighbouring DOC campsite, it is best suited to those that aren't looking for complete seclusion. There will be others enjoying the beach and thermal springs nearby. (If you are looking for a more private lakeside retreat - David and Karen also have a second luxury campsite on the lake edge, Kanuka. Kanuka is situated on very special Maori land, a one and a half hour walk from the Te Rata site and is completely secluded.)

There's plenty to occupy you during your stay at Te Rata! Explore the lake edge on a kayak (provided on request), discovering untouched bays and magical hot pools. Walk part of the Tarawera Trail, passing historic sites and past settlements, crossing spring-fed streams teaming with trout in the spawning season, with magnificent rata and pohutakawa trees and groves of giant mamaku ferns. Take a night wander to the nearby glow worm grotto - 5 minutes from the campsite.

As evening comes, cook a meal under the sand using the recipes from Te Rata's very own cook book. Then, as night falls, enjoy a soak in the heated water of the lake and listen to the gentle sound of the waves as you drift off to sleep. 



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