PLEASE NOTE THAT FREEDOM CAMPING WHICH INCLUDES SLEEPING
IN ANY VEHICLE OR IN A TENT IS ILLEGAL ON THE BEACH, RESERVES,
ROADSIDE AND IN THE 4 CARPARKS AT HOT WATER BEACH. The penalty
if caught doing so is a $200 fine and council inspectors check for campers each night.
There are 3 motor camps nearby, one at Hot Water Beach itself, one at Whenuakite
on the main highway just before the Hot Water Beach turnoff and a third at Hahei, 10
minutes drive from Hot Water Beach. The campground at Hot Water Beach will allow
customers to arrive after hours and settle their account the following morning and there is
often a security person on duty to direct a late arrival to a designated area to camp.