Te Rata Glamping - Lake Tarawera

Glamping / East

Te Rata is open from 1st November – 31st May. This is the only Glamping site located on Department of Conservation land in New Zealand. There are restrictions on the time we can operate on this DOC land but is still worth it for the location we have.

With the access to this stunning lake-edge glamping site by boat or 4-hour hike and being alongside an actual geothermal beach, this is one of the most stunning off-the-beaten-path campsites in New Zealand.


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 but well away from any croweds.

Steam rises sleepily from the lake edge - the result of hot thermal springs trickling into the water and from below the ground. The sand at one end of Hot Water Beach heats up to around 86 degrees – so you can cook your dinner under the sand (We provide a recipe book and everything you need to make this happen) while you have a soak in the nearby warm water..


Te Rata Glamping site is in a native forest setting not far from the water and just along from a small DOC campground. The location gives guests the comfort of not feeling too isolated if not used to it – while at the same time creating a very private space to enjoy. The setup consists of one large tent with a queen-sized bed, tastefully decorated for comfort and relaxation. A camp kitchen, dining area and a separate camp bathroom set a short distance from the bedroom tent, providing everything you need for a comfortable close to nature stay.


With so much to do you will not want to leave.

How to find us?

Mariners House, Tarawera Road, Lake Tarawera, Rotorua, New Zealand