Mangawhero Campsite

Mangawhero Campsite

Tongariro National Park


27 Rankers Reviews

8 Face-to-Face

9 Ohakune


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Mangawhero Camping Ground - Ohakune


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......


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DOC Central North Island

Central government organisation


North IslandRuapehuOhakune


  • Basic Camping


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Kirsty B's avatar

Kirsty B

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

A great place to stay and explore the local walks. I spent two nights here with hardly anyone else around. The toilets were clean and had toilet paper. Would happily stay here again.

Reviewed about 2 years ago

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Liz Wade

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Quiet, decent sized and flat pitches. Good road up to the campsite. You pay $13 pp in an envelope and in the box - someone came to check in the morning but hardly anyone there so very peaceful and pleasant.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

Kay W's avatar

Kay W

Ranking: 8/10

This is a DOC camp site (there is a bit more room if you keep driving round the road). It's well looked after and the gravel sites are level. The toilet is a long drop but it's substantially housed. There are walking tracks by the river. It's quiet and you can see the mountain. The cost is $13per adult (it has increased).

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Javier Williams

Ranking: 9/10

Perfect campsite to stay before go to Tongariro alpine crossing. We were alone and just inside the nature. We liked it so much!

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Chester Martin

Ranking: 8/10

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.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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P Poiraa

Ranking: 9/10

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.

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Ranking: 5/10

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.

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Adam Millar

Ranking: 6/10

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.

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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renee verwey


Ranking: 9/10

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.

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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Chester Martin

Ranking: 7/10

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.

Reviewed almost 7 years ago

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Ranking: 8/10

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.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in January 2015

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Xan Northman


Ranking: 10/10

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.

Reviewed almost 8 years ago

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Nigel Shaw

New Zealand

Ranking: 7/10

A great little campsite, nice view of the mountain, had 3 nights there in June, nice clear nights good frost. Water supply is the same as Ohakune township so ok to drink. One long drop toilet that was clean. Easy to get a 22 foot caravan in there. Will be back.

Reviewed about 8 years ago

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