Ruatiti Domain

Ruatiti Domain



22 Rankers Reviews

1 Face-to-Face

11 Basic Camping

2 Ohakune




Feature Value Info


North IslandRuapehuOhakune


  • Basic Camping




  • Unpowered Campsite

    There is no charge for the use of Ruatiti Domain facilities, but any donation towards the maintenance and future upgrading of the facilities are welcome.


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Eager Beaver 's avatar

Eager Beaver

Ranking: 10/10

Fav campsite in NZ so far (actually the world). Drive all the way down and camp by the river. Numerous fire pits with plenty cut wood for all, tap water, clean drop and flush toilets. Trout fishing etc. Only negative I can think of is that there are no walking tracks easily accessible but if you have a car it's no problem, you're free to roam the surrounding area. Can't rate this any higher!

Reviewed 4 months ago

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steve currie


Ranking: 9/10

Great Freedom camping, it is a 17km road in, and you have to back-track to come out, but the scenery is stunning and it is well worth the drive. The last 500 metres is dirt but no problem even in the wet.
Go past the flush toilet and camp by the stream, loads of room and nice waking up next to the stream. Our favourite Freedom Camp in the North Island.

Reviewed 10 months ago

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Lindsay's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

The best campground we went to in nz. Worth the drive there! You can pick from so many sites along the water. You have to go through a private property lane way buy get to see lots of sheep!

Reviewed 10 months ago

Magenta McHalick's avatar

Magenta McHalick

Ranking: 10/10

All other reviews are spot on. This place is so beautiful. Remote, spacious and tranquil. Waking up to the sound of the river right next to the van was a highlight. Drive right down to the end of the road to be near the water don't stay on the top paddock. It is a lot of fun to be swept down the river. Bring a body board if you can! Drop toilets are kept clean and despite no drinking water you can wash dishes with the taps available. Would give this place 11 if I could.

Reviewed 11 months ago

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Mat B's avatar

Mat B

Ranking: 10/10

I've spent almost a month in NZ, and this is BY FAR the most spacious (by that I mean, you're not limited to 5 or less and parked mirror to mirror with your neighbour) and QUIET of the free sites. Like previous reviews, it is something of a drive in, but not difficult, and it most certainly adds to the charm of this place.
There are river-side sites that, if early enough, are available almost daily and a "picnic area" that seems unused during the week. If you want a place to BBQ and picnic away from people with a beautiful little river flowing past a sheer rock face laden with greenery flowing down to he water....this is thee place for you!
Easily my 1/13 ....that is, my #1 of the 13 free sites I've stayed at so far. In beats the 3 paid DOC sites I PAID for!

Reviewed about 1 year ago

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Annina Jarvinen

Ranking: 10/10

If I could give more I would. Only negative that there is no drinking water. But there are taps so you can do dishes. And toilets. And just a remarkable nature! So tranquil and wonderful. Go there!!

Reviewed about 1 year ago

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Thomas Moller's avatar

Thomas Moller

Ranking: 10/10

Best campsite ever. It's amazing that this campsite is for free. It's a huge area. One area is wide green field and an other area is close to the river. At the green field area is a flushed toilet and at the river a long drop toilet. There are a lot water stations and fire pits.
Minimum once a day a friendly guy makes his visit on his quad and with his two dogs.
At weekend a lot of locals came also to this camping ground.
This spot is just awesome and perfect if you need no hot shower. The area around the camping ground looks like Hobbiton and is beautiful. We really love this place.

Reviewed about 1 year ago

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Deanna Incledon

Ranking: 10/10

Really have to give this place a 10. We arrived at 4pm with only two others campers there.Beautiful big peaceful campsite. So many camping spots to choose from along the river or up the top section. Maybe around 30 total sections for people to fit comfortably, it is big! Hunt around for your perfect spot. Toilets were very clean and water taps are located all over. The drive in is long (40 mins from Whakapapa) but so gorgeous and makes me fall in love with my little country even more, will definitely return!!

Reviewed over 1 year ago