Feeling of being ripped off paying 15$/pp at this place. I stayed in other DOC camps that were amazing and free or cheaper. This was the most expansive DOC camp we stayed and the least amazing of them all. The other camp sites nearby had no vacancy so we were left with only that option. Fair price would be 6$ per person max. Would not stay again and make sure we book somewhere else in advance.
Honnestly 15$/pp for some smelly long drop and no drinking water it's way to expensive .. We already had so much better place to stay with clean flush toilets , sink , drinking water .. for free. Yes the campground is close to the Tongariro crossing but it's still to expensive for what you get in here
Nice place to stay near the mountain, prices have gone up to $15 for van sites, has classic long drop toilets would stay again
Great location close to the trails, so good for late or early hiking days. Camper van sites have a reasonable selection of shaded or sunny. Toilets only okay. Little stream for swimming.
This is a very good place to stay with a motorhome. Good hiking trails, a nice river to swim in and decent standard on the toilets. Close to the National Park.
Francois & Caroline
Very good DOC Campsite to stay before going early next day on the Tongariro Alpine Crossing and joining the shuttle on National Park Village very close.
Toilets were clean and taps for water, very quote.
Great little spot not too far off the main road. Lots of manuka and flax bushes which created barriers between the car spots. The car camping area definitely looked more private then the tent camping area. We heard and saw lots of birds including a few fantails at our site. Had a little outdoor kitchen set up down by the tent area. There was a nice little trail along the creek with one small beach. $13pp and 10 min to Whakapapa village.
Great location as close to the walks and nice set up but facilities are not that great and too expensive for what you get. There are much better DOC sites that are better value for money.
Very conveniently located near the start of Tongariro Alpine Crossing, and very calm. However, price was too expensive (13 dollars per person and not 6 dollars as indicated in other reviews) for the level of service: only one toilet for the whole camping (with no light), and no drinkable water.
Myra Van Dijk
What a beautiful place. Quiet, nice places and enough toilets. And a swimming hole!
Nearby several walking tracks!
Nice spot with clean toilets, close to Tongariro Alpine Crossing. We arrived quite early and no camper around. Quiet and not crowded this time of the year.
It's a nice spot with clean toilets. But no other facilities (i.e. shower, dump station or drinking water). Nevertheless they charge $13 pp. That's way too much!
Lovely campsite but it was crowded even in October.
Very convenient spot for the Tongariro Crossing, and the cheapest one in the area. $6 per person per night in an honesty box. The place for vans filled up quick, we got there around 5pm and there was only a handful of spots left. Non flush toilets, but clean, bring a lamp at night.
Nice bush camp with plenty of spaces for camper vans. Close to SH 47. On beautiful creek with some camping spots as well. Drop toilets & no showers. Close to ski fields if you're into winter sports.
Another DoC campsite worth the visit.
Good place to sleep if you are doing the Tongariro crossing; toilet and a little place to cook. Met nice people there. Not so many places (5-6) to stay, we had the last one.
DOC campsite. Not many places maybe less than 20. Shade too many in some places you don't have any sun. DOC ranger comes around 5pm and then around 7am. Drinking water, tap but no flush in the toilet.
Campground well situated to the highway but still a quiet location. Enough sheltered places available, but it still got kind of busy in the evening. Two modern, clean drop toilets and a sink with fresh water available for the camper van site. This place does also have a huge place for tents including a cooking shelter.
Stunning location including the spectacular view of the mountains!
Very nice spot, well located. Good private parking bays. Slightly dirty toilets.
David and Stephan
Modern, breathtaking scenery, nice view towards the mountain.
Very nice place, quite sheltered but still the feeling of a campsite. Even in October it was quite crowdy so I would wonder if you would be able to find a spot in summer. One of the best DOC sites we stayed
Nice, free, campground near the village $6, with toilets included.
Good situation to do the trekking but a lot of people.
$6 per person, small but really nice because of lots of trees, toilet was a bit dirty.
Really nice place where everyone had their own little spot.
Very busy, not enough space, toilets smelly but okay. Very nice in the forest and quiet.
Nice campsite near the base of Mt Ruapehu. Moderately sheltered, there are about a dozen spots for campervans and a few tent sites. Whakapapiti walking track starts from the far end of the campground.
Nice small campsite with tap water, cooking shelter and separated area for tents and vans. Not too many flat spaces for tents though.
The campsite was nearly full on that day. It lies in the forest with a spring with fresh water. All facilities are good.
Best place to stay before the Tongariro Alpine Crossing walk, very crowded.
$6pp, not $4 as stated. Still a good deal. Lots of private spots, nicely kept longdrop toilets and sinks. Trees all around and a stream we didn't get to see. Under 30 minutes drive to northern most pickup point for Mount Tongariro Crossing hike. Was getting fairly full this night in April.
Clean toilets, cold nights but ok. Walking tracks just from the campground.
$6 p/p, toilet and alot of trampers. Really cold because the location behind the mountain.
Clean toilets, great parking spaces, just $6, good connection to village near the beginning of tracks.
Lates 20s couple. 6 weeks travelling around NZ.
Close to Tongariro crossing
My least favourite campsite
Overcrowded - arrived at around 6pm and completely full - luckily another Campervan was kind enough to share their site
Long drop toilet
Water and sink
The best choice for those wanting to walk the Tongariro Crossing because it's just 20min away from there. 6$ each, very cheap with basic toilets, water, lots of space (but campervans and tent sites are split into two different areas), a cooking shelter and access to a small (and cold) river. Lots of shade as well, due to the trees.
Nice site, places are separated so you have privacy.
Great inexpensive camping an easy 20 min drive to the start of the Alpine Crossing. We stayed in the tent site area and it seemed like it could use a bit of upkeep- a cleaning to the long drop and refilling the registration box with payment envelopes. The kitchen shelter and picnic areas with tables and sinks were in good shape. $6 pp/night.
A DoC campsite with some longdrops and an open cooking shelter with two sinks. A pity that you can't see the near mountains from this site but you are close to a river. Good alternative to the expensive accomodation at visitor centre.
Price: 6 $ pp
Amazing - $6.
A good spot to stay if in route North or South. Not much of a view from the campground but out on the highway it is magnificent. Easy drive to park visitor center and trails. We were told that Kiwi's could sometimes be seen on night walks through the bush on the trail from the campground but we did not attempt it. $6/nite.
Will and Taylor
Needs to be updated...not $4 a night, actually $6 per person per night. Campground fills up fast so get in early. Spots are really close together but there's shrubbery surrounding the spots for privacy. Water and toilets available with a stream nearby. Good alternative camping spot to explore National Park Village.
clean, cheap and in the middle of nature, good to start hiking the nexr day, but you have to get there early, very popular and no cheap alternative in the area
Cheap, clean and peaceful campsite, white toilets, water, sinks and a cooking shelter (no power/showers). On the road between National Park and Whakapapa village.
Be careful the place is very popular. We arrived at 6PM on a Monday and it was full, we had to park at the tent parking lot.
Close to mount ruapehu, plenty of campspots and cheap.
Very close to Whakapapa Village. It's a nice place and cheap ($4 p.p.). I liked the camping vehicle spaces, because each has plants at the side, so you cannot look at your neighbour ;) If you walk a little bit on the walking track, at the camping side, you get a great view at the hills and vulcanos.
But arrive early, the spaces fill fast.
Come early because it fills up quickly in high season.
Jerry & Floon
Very close to Whakapapa Village and beginning of the track. Nice space places next to small river. Great place before starting the Alpine Crossing.
Nice and cheap, no view and crowded. Arrive early, warning on toilet about car thieves was unsettling (nothing stolen) - $4pp though, can't beat that!
Faye & Ben
$4 campsite, brilliant location with a stream running through it. Ample number of tent sites. Close to Tongariro Alpine Crossing.