23 Rankers Reviews
229 Basic Camping
The Mangawhero Camping Ground is just 2km up the Mountain Road from Ohakune. A primo place to explore the area, go biking along the Ohakune Coach Road, tramp around Mt Ruapehu, chill in Ohakune, or if you are well prepared its a pretty cheap place to stay during the winter......
North Island ▷ Ruapehu ▷ Ohakune
Number of tent sites - 12 (6 are suitable for campervans).
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Really nice camp spot, facilities are basic, just a clean long drop, water and a few benches. But beware (particularly cyclists like myself) this isn't the exact location, it is about 1.5k further away from town, so nipping to town is a bit more of a chore.
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Wonderful small DOC spot, enjoyed it! Good view, quiet. Drop toilet okay. Drinking water. Honesty box. Lots of tracks and beautiful ride up the mountain.
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Beautiful scenery and quiet. We decided on the holiday park because for a little extra you got way more than just a yucky toilet. $13 per person to camp here felt pretty outrageous for what you received.
Great spot just out of town, good view of the mountain. As the photos show, the first site is just a little cul-de-sac with taps, a sink and a long-drop. The 2nd site just up the road seemed intended for tent campers. Great bush trail nearby. The toilet, however, was super grim -- poo piled up almost to the top, overwhelming ammonia stench, and flies everywhere. But hey, it's well located and only $6pp.
Nice DOC camping ground with beautiful views of the mountains with honesty box. Easy to find and to park the campervan. The one hour round walk which starts at the entrance of the road to the camping grounds shows you the names of all trees.
The shower block is absolutely amazing, just what you need after a day on the slopes or trails. Kitchen and TV room is a bit behind what we have had from most other Top 10 camp sites but it has a bit of character. Maybe a good base for skiing or a 1 night stop, not so much for a week of family camping.
Basic facilities but fine considering the price. When we arrived around 6 pm we found the first camp site was full but there was a second site a bit further on which was pleasant and well maintained. Access to a river with some nice water holes.
We ended up here late in the night, so didn't get to enjoy it too much in the daylight hours. But a very peaceful location and not nearly as cold as I thought.
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