Eating and Drinking
Te Rata is self-catering. You'll need to bring your own food and cook meals using the BBQ and cooking rings provided in your private camp kitchen. You'll find all the cutlery, crockery, pots and pans that you'll need as well as environmentally-friendly detergents and basic condiments such as salt and pepper. Remember, once you're there, it's either a boat ride or a four hour walk back to The Landing, so make sure you're thorough - and bring all the supplies you'll need.
Have a go at cooking in the geothermal hot water and sand of Hot Water Beach! Try some recipes in the Totally Tarawera cookbook - designed especially for cooking this way. This is available in Te Rata kitchen or emailed to you on request if you would like it before you come.
The best place to stop for groceries on your way to Te Rata, would be the Countdown or Pak N' Save supermarkets, located near the centre of Rotorua. Closer to the lake, at the turn off to the Blue Lake and Lake Tarawera (Te Ngae roundabout) is the Redwood Centre. It has a good range food stores including any pharmacy requirements.