Camping, picnicking, swimming and boating are all popular recreational activities at Lake Rerewhakaaitu Recreational Reserve.
Lake Rerewhakaaitu lies at the base of the southern slopes of Mount Tarawera and, due to the eruption in 1886 of this maunga, the land surrounding the lake is rich with volcanic soils.
A significant site for wildlife, the lake supports breeding populations of native water fowl such as dabchicks, scaup, and the district’s largest breeding population of the banded dotterel.
Despite being relatively shallow, Rerewhakaaitu is usually beautifully clear. It is surrounded by farmland and native manuka grows around the edges.
Fires are not permitted in this area. Mobile phone coverage is intermittent.
Please take care of the environment, and dispose of all rubbish responsibly.
Guy Roe ReserveGuy Roe Reserve is the first recreational area you come to along Brett Road, and a popular spot for picnicking, fishing and boating.
Facilities include a children's playground, barbecues, picnic tables, toilet facilities, jetty and boat ramp.
The walkway and the bush area are administered by the Department of Conservation (DOC).
Are dogs allowed?Yes, dogs on leads are permitted. Please dispose of dog waste responsibly.
Brett Road CampsiteFurther up Brett Road is Brett Road Campsite in Awaatua Bay.
Twenty-five non-powered campsites are located along the shore of Lake Rerewhakaaitu and enjoy good swimming, walking and fishing. Online bookings are recommended and waive the booking service fee.
Facilities include a shelter for cooking, non-flush toilets, un-treated tap water, and boat ramp.
Are dogs allowed?No, dogs are not allowed in areas administered by DOC in the Rotorua area.
Ash Pit Road CampsiteContinuing north along Brett Road to Ash Pit Road, at the northern-most point of the lake, you’ll find Ash Pit Road Campsite, which offers the same provisions as Brett Road Campsite, however, here there are 51 non-powered sites.
Are dogs allowed?
No, dogs are not allowed in areas administered by DOC in the Rotorua area.