Hinemaiaia Reserve Carparks

Hinemaiaia Reserve Carparks

Overnight Campervan Parking


12 Rankers Reviews

2 Face-to-Face

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This place is not suitable for large vehicles. Medium to small, self contained vehicles only.

There are multiple sites up the gravel road that are sign posted, the third being where there is the most space and direct access to the stream.

The end of the road has a large, grassy area for larger vehicles.


Feature Value Info


North IslandTaupo RegionTurangi


  • Freedom Camping
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Rebecca's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Amazing spot. On the LEFT if you are heading out of Taupō just after the bridge. Lots of private park spots right next to the river with hidden walking tracks. Best place we have stayed so far!

Reviewed 4 months ago

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Ranking: 10/10

Lovely, peaceful spot. The road in isn’t as narrow as some people mentioned and has plenty of passing spaces. Great walk alongside the river too

Reviewed 8 months ago

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Miles Protter


Ranking: 8/10

Beautiful secluded spots by a stream. Little swimming hole. Med to large vehicles take care of overhanging branches. Fishermen and walkers stroll by but otherwise you’re alone. Only downside is constant road noise.

Reviewed 12 months ago

Adam's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Lots of little tucked away spots in the bush next to a river. Lots of forest but if you look hard you can find small clearings here and there. Very quiet and secluded! No facilities, and dirt roads to the sites. Not good for large vehicles.

Reviewed about 1 year ago

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Silly American

Ranking: 10/10

Some people parked right off the paved road at the beginning of the gravel road and weren’t bothered, but I don’t think that’s in the true spirit of freedom camping and definitely doesn’t look great on van campers as a whole. I went in about 500 meters and took the first campsite on the left. This pulloff was T shaped and fit about four vans. Other reviews talked about going further for a nice river view and more space but my little spot was enough for an enjoyable evening and some French neighbors cooking delicious smelling supper. 10/10 would camp there again

Reviewed about 1 year ago

Kyle's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Heading out of Taupo the location on map is a bit wrong, it’s the other side of the bridge. It’s also 4/5 diffrent little sites and the roads probably 1k long. This so far has been my favorite camp site. We stayed in the very first one as it was right next to the stream and parked so we could see the stream from our van. Didn’t see a single other person was lovely. So many stars at night because of the lack of light around. Great camping spot

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Helen Pengilly


Ranking: 9/10

Hard to spot . Heading towards Taupo after Harrow just before bridge. Very narrow road, don’t want to meet anyone coming other way. 3rd campsite was the best. We’re right down near the water and a walk along the river. Lovely

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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helen reeve

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Difficult to find as no sign. It's a gravel track on right heading away from Taupo just before Hatepe . Very quiet, good over night

Reviewed about 2 years ago

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Loic Morvan

Ranking: 8/10

Good and quiet spot. Didn't meet a single living soul. Nice stream for fishing, a few mozzies. No toilet.

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

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Dan Ramsl


Ranking: 9/10

An amazing hike for people who like (almost) untouched nature. Make sure you have good boots.

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Alineet Gautier


Ranking: 10/10

We camped near the river. Excellent very quiet.

Reviewed almost 7 years ago and experienced in January 2014

Zoe's avatar


New Zealand

Ranking: 5/10

A pretty tight gravel road to access - at the very end is a massive open space by a hydropower structure.

Cute little stream with fishing access tracks along the edge, not marked trails.

Nicely situated between Taupo and Turangi

Reviewed about 7 years ago

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