Mangahuia Campsite

Mangahuia Campsite

Mount / Mt Ruapehu

Reviews

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Ju

Ranking: 1/10

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.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Celeste

Ranking: 5/10

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

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Tessa

Ranking: 7/10

Nice place to stay near the mountain, prices have gone up to $15 for van sites, has classic long drop toilets would stay again

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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Pat Burns

Canada

Ranking: 7/10

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.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Anders Knutsson

Sweden

Ranking: 10/10

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.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Francois & Caroline

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

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.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Mike

Ranking: 9/10

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.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Nadja Kampfhenkel

Australia

Ranking: 6/10

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.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Guillaume

Ranking: 4/10

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.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Myra Van Dijk

Netherlands

Ranking: 9/10

What a beautiful place. Quiet, nice places and enough toilets. And a swimming hole!
Nearby several walking tracks!

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Paul Vinken

Belgium

Ranking: 9/10

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.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Jennifer Duhnke

Ranking: 6/10

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!

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Megan Jurgensmeyer

United States

Ranking: 7/10

Lovely campsite but it was crowded even in October.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Jayma Dancer

Ranking: 8/10

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.

Reviewed almost 5 years ago

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Gordon Lee

Australia

Ranking: 8/10

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.

Reviewed about 5 years ago

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Clara Bertomeu

Ranking: 8/10

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.

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Tatiana Rochereau

Ranking: 7/10

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.

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Carsten Philipp

Ranking: 10/10

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!

Reviewed almost 6 years ago

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Rogier K

Ranking: 7/10

Very nice spot, well located. Good private parking bays. Slightly dirty toilets.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago

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David and Stephan

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Modern, breathtaking scenery, nice view towards the mountain.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in December 2014

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Sidney Stokkers

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

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

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in October 2014

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Janek Belcher

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Nice, free, campground near the village $6, with toilets included.

Reviewed almost 7 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Adele Grandguillot

France

Ranking: 7/10

Good situation to do the trekking but a lot of people.

Reviewed almost 7 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Christine Helleiner

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

$6 per person, small but really nice because of lots of trees, toilet was a bit dirty.

Reviewed almost 7 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Hadler

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Really nice place where everyone had their own little spot.

Reviewed almost 7 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Kim Lavener

Switzerland

Ranking: 7/10

Busy day!

Reviewed almost 7 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Sarah Beyeler

Switzerland

Ranking: 8/10

Very busy, not enough space, toilets smelly but okay. Very nice in the forest and quiet.

Reviewed almost 7 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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GN100

New Zealand

Ranking: 8/10

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.

Reviewed almost 7 years ago

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Constanza Salas

Chile

Ranking: 10/10

Very good.

Reviewed almost 7 years ago and experienced in January 2014

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Claudia

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Nice small campsite with tap water, cooking shelter and separated area for tents and vans. Not too many flat spaces for tents though.

Reviewed about 7 years ago and experienced in January 2014

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Sergey Pronkin

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

The campsite was nearly full on that day. It lies in the forest with a spring with fresh water. All facilities are good.

Reviewed about 7 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Steffen

Germany

Ranking: 7/10

Best place to stay before the Tongariro Alpine Crossing walk, very crowded.

Reviewed about 7 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Justin globalgauthiers.blogspot.com

Canada

Ranking: 8/10

$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.

Reviewed about 7 years ago

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Linus Larsson

Sweden

Ranking: 7/10

Clean toilets, cold nights but ok. Walking tracks just from the campground.

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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Stina Hultberg

Sweden

Ranking: 8/10

$6 p/p, toilet and alot of trampers. Really cold because the location behind the mountain.

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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Julia Bonisch

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Clean toilets, great parking spaces, just $6, good connection to village near the beginning of tracks.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in January 2014

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Zoe Ross

United Kingdom

Ranking: 4/10

Lates 20s couple. 6 weeks travelling around NZ.

Pros:
Close to Tongariro crossing

Cons:
My least favourite campsite
Toilet stank
Overcrowded - arrived at around 6pm and completely full - luckily another Campervan was kind enough to share their site
Long drop toilet
Water and sink

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in January 2014

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arnaud paquet

Belgium

Ranking: 10/10

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.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in January 2013

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Laura Pleumeekers

Netherlands

Ranking: 7/10

Nice site, places are separated so you have privacy.

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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Hannah

United States

Ranking: 7/10

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.

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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Johannes J

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

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

Reviewed almost 8 years ago

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Menu

France

Ranking: 9/10

Amazing - $6.

Reviewed almost 8 years ago and experienced in March 2013

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ramy

United States

Ranking: 7/10

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.

Reviewed about 8 years ago and experienced in April 2013

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Will and Taylor

Canada

Ranking: 9/10

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.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Patricia Busbach

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

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

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Boule_de_gomme

France

Ranking: 10/10

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.

4$ pp.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Dean

Australia

Ranking: 5/10

Close to mount ruapehu, plenty of campspots and cheap.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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JadesWorld

Germany

Ranking: 7/10

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.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Ryan Dorsey

Canada

Ranking: 8/10

Come early because it fills up quickly in high season.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Jerry & Floon

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

Very close to Whakapapa Village and beginning of the track. Nice space places next to small river. Great place before starting the Alpine Crossing.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Kathleen Brown

Canada

Ranking: 7/10

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!

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Faye & Ben

England

Ranking: 8/10

$4 campsite, brilliant location with a stream running through it. Ample number of tent sites. Close to Tongariro Alpine Crossing.

Reviewed over 10 years ago