Motorhome and campervan facilities in the Rotorua district
The Rotorua district is the perfect place to explore by motorhome or campervan. In the spirit of manaakitanga, the local community not only takes a hosting role but also has one of guardianship over our beautiful environment. As Rotorua works towards being a sustainable visitor destination, we ask that visitors play their part in contributing to the district's well-being while enjoying our magnificent natural resources.
Specifically we ask all visitors to please:
- Refrain from toileting on the ground and/or in the bush/forest.
- Ensure they discharge motorhome or campervan black water (sewage) and grey water (sink and hand basin water) at designated wastewater dump stations only.
- Place litter in rubbish receptacles.
- Refrain from using our waterways for bathing, laundering clothes or washing dishes.
Listed below are the local facilities visitors require to service their motorhome or campervan.
Tourism Rotorua Travel Office and Information Centre
Call in and ask the friendly staff at the Tourism Rotorua Travel Office and Information Centre for a copy of a free brochure designed to assist motorhome and campervan visitors to get maximum enjoyment from their visit to Rotorua. Staff are on hand to offer free advice, information and bookings on visitor attractions, activities and accommodation in Rotorua and the rest of New Zealand. The centre is also home to a souvenir store, currency exchange, café (with internet access), public restrooms and showers.
Overnight parking in public places
The Rotorua District Council does not permit camping and overnight parking of occupied vehicles on Rotorua streets, reserves, parking lots, rest areas or road laybys that are not specifically signposted as designated camping and/or overnight parking areas for motorhomes and campervans. Persons found camping or overnight parking in a non-compliant area by after hours security staff will be required to relocate to a holiday park, campsite or reserve designated for overnight parking.
Holiday parks, campsites and reserves
Visitors wanting to occupy their motorhome or campervan overnight are required to check into one of Rotorua's 15 holiday parks, five campsites or three reserves in the Rotorua District as shown below. Holiday parks have full service facilities and onsite management. Campsites and reserves designated for overnight parking have limited facilities, signposted conditions and periodic patrols. Fees for overnight stays are applicable at all 23 sites.
Sewage and sink-water cassettes/tanks
Motorhome and campervan black and grey water cassettes/tanks can be emptied for free 24 hours a day at the Rotorua Waste Water Treatment Plant on Te Ngae Road between Fenton and Sala Streets. Free public wastewater dump stations are also available at Gull Gas Station - Ngongotaha; Boatshed Bay - Kariri Point Lake Tarawera; Otaramarae boat ramp - Lake Rotoiti; and Okawa Bay Reserve Trailer Yacht Club - Lake Rotoiti. All holiday parks also have wastewater dump stations available for guest use.
All commonly recyclable materials can be disposed of at the Rotorua In Town Recycling Centre (directly opposite Countdown supermarket on old Te Ngae Road between Fenton and Ti Streets). Many holiday parks also encourage guests to be sustainable by providing on-site recycling facilities.
Small amounts of rubbish can be disposed of at the Rotorua Waste Water Treatment Plant. Larger quantities of rubbish can be disposed of at the Rotorua District Council Landfill on the Atiamuri highway (SH30), turn off SH5 1km south of city limits. All holiday parks and camping grounds also have rubbish disposal facilities for guests.
Metered and timed street parking may be used by motorhomes and campervans so long as the vehicle does not extend beyond the end of the white line which marks the parking space. A parking lot for over-length motorhomes that don't fit in street parks is available at the lake end of Hinemoa Street on the left immediately before the roundabout at Polynesian Spa.
Motorhome travel in other parts of New Zealand
The www.camping.org.nz website is a useful information tool for planning motorhome travel in New Zealand. There are helpful tips on how you as a visitor can engage in responsible tourism and also links to regional information on camping regulations and motorhome facilities.
Where can I camp?
If in doubt, assume nothing – always ask here:
All the best in your trip planning and we look forward to hosting you soon!