Summer Kiwi Camping Essentials

So, you've set your sights on a summer camping adventure with your little ones, cruising across Aotearoa during the school holidays? Well, you've picked the right place to visit on your journey.
Rotorua Thermal Holiday Park is in the heart of the North Island, offering you and your whānau an unforgettable experience. To ensure a good old Kiwi-style camping trip, you'll want to ensure you have all the gear.

Here's a checklist of must-haves to make your camping adventure a breeze:

  1. Sunblock: The Kiwi sun can be harmful, so you'll want to grab an SPF sunblock to protect your skin from the summer rays.
  2. Bug Spray: Insect repellent is your best friend for outdoor activities. Choose a kid-friendly bug spray to help protect you from biting insects like mosquitoes and sandflies.
  3. Warm Knitwear: Even in summer, Rotorua nights can be a bit chilly. Pack some warm clothing in your bag, like a fleece or a woollen blanket, to keep warm on those cool mornings.
  4. Hats and Sunglasses: Remember to pack your hat and sunnies to keep that blistering sun off your face and your eyes while enjoying our scenic walking tracks and exploring the area.
  5. Togs: With Rotorua’s gorgeous lakes and swimming holes, we recommend packing togs for the kids. There's nothing like a dip or a splash around to make special summer memories.
  6. Water Bottles: Stay hydrated while you're out and about. Fill up your reusable water bottles, and if you plan on going off track, consider getting a water purifier.
  7. First Aid Kit: Accidents can happen, especially with tamariki running around. Pack a kit with bandages, antiseptic wipes, pain relievers, and prescription meds.
  8. Decent Footwear: From mountain biking our world-renowned trails to lounging by a lakefront, ensure you have comfy, durable footwear that can handle all Kiwi terrain.


Remember, a well-prepped camping trip equals an unforgettable adventure. By ticking off these essentials, you'll be all set to create some fantastic memories with your whānau during your summer camping adventure.

Rotorua Thermal Holiday Park can't wait to welcome you with open arms, and if you haven’t already secured your trip, book your stay today.



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