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Whakamaru Lake Reserve

star rating of 4.5

by Chris Gaelic

Off SH30, Whakamaru, Taupo, Waikato

Phone: 07 885 0340

rvexplorer id: 19170

Lat-Long: -38.42551, 175.82108

Parking overlooking the lake

Motorhome parking

Lakefront camping

Public toilets

Public toilets



Whakamaru Lake Reserve is a huge reserve on the shores of Lake Whakamaru. Surrounded by forest, it is stunningly beautiful and sheltered.


We visited on a beautiful clear morning in late autumn. There were still campers there, enjoying the forest environment overlooking the lake created from the Waikato river when the Whakamaru hydro dam was built.


This would be a great location in the summer time. It takes the sun a bit longer to come up in the autumn, and could be cold and miserable in bad weather. 


There is plenty of room for motorhomes and caravans of all sizes. There are clean toilets, and strategically placed rubbish bins.


Self-contained caravans and campervans can stay the first two nights free then a camping permit is required for a longer stay. Camping in tents and vehicles requires a camping permit. This can be purchased from the South Waikato District Council offices or the district’s Information Centres. Click here for full details on the council website.



Lake Whakamaru


Lake Whakamaru




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03:28 PM 13-Feb-19 by Chris Gaelic from Auckland Public
I've just check with the council, and the reserve is only closed while they are cutting down some of the trees. It will reopen again after that is finished - maybe within 6 months from now. Check the council website using the links above.
02:15 PM 13-Feb-19 by Eddie Aldridge from Kerikeri Public
The Reserve is closed
01:55 PM 24-Mar-17 by Denise from Whiritoa Public
Whoops... south to Atiamuri!
01:52 PM 24-Mar-17 by Denise from Whiritoa Public
A great place to park the camper if you want to cycle The Waikato River Trails which run right through the campsite. You can cycle both ways from the camp, north to Mangakino and south to Arapuni. Lots of room and still half a dozen campers at night when we were there later in March.