Pokaka Mill Campsite

Pokaka Mill Campsite

Taurewa, Tongariro Forest Conservation Area



5 Rankers Reviews

1 Face-to-Face

375 Basic Camping

39 Tongariro / National Park Village



Pokaka Mill Camping Ground


Rough gravel access road - 4WD recommended. Very remote and a pretty cool experience. Make sure you camp on a bit of higher ground if it starts to rain as there can be a bit of surface flooding.


Feature Value Info


North IslandRuapehuTongariro / National Park Village


  • Basic Camping
  • Free






HollyB4's avatar


Ranking: 3/10

Very secluded. Got an average spot at the entrance of the camp by the first toilet. Didn’t want to go in further as looks to be someone living down there permanently in a makeshift tent/Gazebos. Looks intimidating.
They have alot of visitors come and go through the night. Resulting in no access to water.
Quite a lot of toilet paper around the place and people not disposing of their rubbish correctly. No mosquitoes but large amount of bees. Wont be using this one again.

Didn’t get a chance to explore the caves.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Sam's avatar


Ranking: 1/10

This place was from a horror movie. It took almost an hour to drive there from the main road because it’s gravel. If you have 4 wheel drive it’s probably fine but I was worried for my tires. Then when we got there it’s just an empty wasteland with a toilet but. Very creepy vibes. If you have a group of people or don’t mind being completely isolated it fine but not for us.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Jo's avatar


Ranking: 1/10

It's really far outside, over 10 km of one lane rough gravel road. Campsite itself had nothing special to offer, a lot of space obviously, because nobody takes this long way. You won't find more than a simple toilet. Would recommend another campsite with easier access, even if in distance.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Sam's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Takes a good while to get to. Possible to get to the campsite with non 4WD vehicles, but as the description states, 4WD would be recommended. Definitely secluded. Can get to the main site next to the toilets, but any further progress by car will require a large clearance between the bottom of the car and the ground, as there are some deep tire ruts in the road. There are some hiking trails in the area, but wouldn’t recommend as a ‘base of operation’ over a long period of time due to the length of time it takes to get back there. There is a sign at the entrance of the road that states no camping allowed, but this refers to the forest preserve that the road passes through before the National forest you’ll enter before you get to the campsite.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Marlena's avatar



Ranking: 7/10

Clean, quiet, a little bit too spread out, but friendly.

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in February 2009

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