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Whakahoro Camping Ground is worth the drive. Its a good starting point for the Whanganui Journey, some people use it as a mid way point. The camp ground is large and grassy with a bunch of history. You can stay in the 10 bunk hut which is the old school house and check the urupa (cemetery) at the back of the field. Quite handy is the lodge about 2km up the road where you can indulge in a cheeky sav.
You can drive in from Owhango or Raurimu. From Raurimu check out the AMAZING driftwood sculptures at Wades Landing Lodge, right on the main road. There is also a very popular bike ride to do called Fishers Track, or start the ride to the Bridge to Nowhere.
The Whakahoro Camping Ground is free for drive in campers, those camping in connection with the Whanganui Journey must have a Great Walk hut and camp pass.
North Island ▷ Ruapehu ▷ Taumarunui
If you want a slice of real NZ then this spot is worth the drive (you definitely have to earn it, along a very long, narrow, winding gravel road)
A MASSIVE grassy paddock that you are likely to share with the sheep but they are very friendly.
Walk 350m down the road to watch paddlers launch on the Whanganui Journey or take a dip in the swimming hole.
The Blue Duck Cafe over the road offers some meals, snacks, cold drinks and internet access. There is no cellphone reception - part of the beauty!
Thanks to all the good people working for the NZ Department of Conservation - for all your hard work - making NZ more beautiful, accessable and healthy! Cheers 😍