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Maraetotara Reserve

star rating of 4

by Chris Gaelic

237 Pohutukawa Avenue, Ohope Beach, Eastern BoP, Bay of Plenty

rvexplorer id: 17467

Lat-Long: -37.9708, 177.05751

Overnight Parking sign

Public dump station near the toilet facilities

Public dump station near the toilet facilities

Public toilets

Public toilets

The Maraetotara Reserve is a magic place for families with young children. The play area includes a wide range of activities, as well as direct access to the beach. Overnight parking is now allowed for self-contained vans.


When we first visited there was  a large No Camping sign at the entrance, but the council have since made it available again for self-contained motor caravanners.


On a sunny afternoon, this is a stunningly beautiful location, with plenty of room for parking, and  a well maintained public toilet. But the standout feature for families travelling with young children was the children's adventure playground which included a wide range of activities, and even a flying fox.


There were a few families taking advantage of the park, and I imagine that it would be well used over the summer holidays.


There is a limit on the number of parking areas available for staying overnight, so it would pay to arrive earlier in the day during the busy summer season. However, there is also overnight parking available at the Port Ohope reserve.

Maraetotara Playground



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08:59 PM 26-Apr-17 by Our shooting star from BOP Public
Believe it or not I live locally and this is one of my favorite spots. If it's not full.y grandkids love the park and playground. Lots of loos too. Save out Grey waster. It's just beautiful going to bed and waking up to the sometimes roar of the ocean. Fantastic place thanks ftreedom campers and whakatane district council your the best
12:18 PM 24-Apr-17 by Denise from Whiritoa Public
A lovely camping place right by the beach with toilets, potable water, rubbish bins and a new dump station. There is a designated camping place which comfortably took five [two caravans and three campers] the night we stayed.
01:17 PM 14-Oct-14 by Chris Gaelic from Auckland Public
Thanks for pointing that out Mike. We've just had a chance to visit again, and have updated the article. Great to see!
09:03 AM 20-Jan-14 by mike.williams from Otakiri Public
This has recently been changed and now there is marked parking for up to 3 RVs for a max stay of 2 nights