Kaimanawa Road Campsite

Kaimanawa Road Campsite

Kaimanawa Forest Park


18 Rankers Reviews

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This camping ground is at the edge of the Kaimanawa Forest Park. It is situated in a wicked setting high above the river. Heaps of tramps start from here.


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DOC Central North Island

Central government organisation


North IslandTaupo RegionTurangi


  • Basic Camping


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Tedy's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Like this place. Toillet OK. The main picture of this campsite belongs to the near parking ;-) You need to go a bit up the hill on gravel road in from the first intersection after the bridge :-)

Reviewed about 2 years ago

Madeleine's avatar


Ranking: 1/10

Small sandpit. Lots of flies. Nasty toilet and lots if toiletpaper in the Forrest.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Lilith Prins

Ranking: 4/10

This is a necessity only stop over. So many people are here just for the night before starting a hike or bike ride. Arrive early and be prepared to defend your space. We were in an already tight campsite with 4 others and our cars were all parked in by 2 rude and late arriving vans who just rolled in and parked right on top of us. Do yourself a favour if you camp here, and park right by the exit so you can get out in the morning! Late December is mayhem at this campsite!

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Zelie Frechin

Ranking: 5/10

Small carpark style campground. Dry smelly toilets. No water supply as indicated on the app but free and well located to do the Tongariro Crossing.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Lucile Gendre

Ranking: 7/10

Very small place. Try to arrive early! Toilets not so good .. but free.

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Grace Craven

Ranking: 3/10

Not the cleanest or nicest of stays at this campsite. It is essentially a dirty car park with quite an unsightly drop loo in it. If you have the option, go to any of the other DOC campsites in the area as they are much nicer, have better views and access to the river. Even if you have struggled to find this campsite, the other two DOC's are literally 4 minutes away and worth the extra drive!

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Ninja Doerrenbaecher

Ranking: 1/10

We slept here last night and must say that it is the worst place where we have been so far. We love quiet and basic DOC campsites, but this one was really dirty, lots of rubbish everywhere and a toilet which no one used. It smells horrible. Cant recommend it at all.

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Crystal Elliott

Ranking: 3/10

Yes it's a free campground, but it was very dirty when we were there, especially the toilet (late Feb). Was essentially just a turnaround area that you could park up at. Other campers left rubbish around, not a pleasant place to stay.

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Felix Bröder


Ranking: 5/10

Basic campsite with just a long drop toilet. Was very dirty when we've been there.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago

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Katie Griffin

United States

Ranking: 7/10

Good basic free spot in the woods. Toilet was fine, setting nice. Close to Tongariro Crossing.

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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Ranking: 7/10

A basic free campground relatively close to Tongariro National Park as you come from the north. The campground is not very big and is in the middle of the forest, maybe a little wild, but has a toilet. No other facilities there. The path to get to it is a dirt track, so come with a prepared vehicle

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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Eva Marsikova

Czech Republic

Ranking: 9/10

Free DOC campsite, very basic, only a long drop toilet, no water! Very quiet in the middle of nowhere. We were glad we were not alone there - we would be so scared!

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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Elisabeth Ringswandl


Ranking: 8/10

A little bit far out, toilets also a little bit dirty. But nice people, lots of space and beautiful forests.

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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