Hinemaiaia Reserve Carparks

Hinemaiaia Reserve Carparks

Overnight Campervan Parking


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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
  • Free


Showing 13 reviews of 16.

Lilias Bell 's avatar

Lilias Bell

Ranking: 5/10

Important to note that the car parks on the Hinemaiaia River are not designed for campervans. They are car parks for fisherman but DOC allow
Self-Contained vehicles. THERE ARE NO TOILETS and unfortunately previous campers have crapped on the paths and left used lavatory paper in full sight. Walkers from the local settlement might give you a hard time because they diligently pick up their dog shit so wonder why campers think they can leave theirs. Probably better sites elsewhere.

Reviewed 7 months ago

Valg's avatar


Ranking: 4/10

This is very hard to find, the entrance did not match the map, it is more south, there is a sign but go slow and don’t blink! It was our first night of freedom camping and it was a bit creepy, no one around, little inlets into the bush past the cemetery. No ph service.All rather vague about where to go. We ended up at the first area by the stream. A peaceful night but probably would look elsewhere next time.

Reviewed 8 months ago

Benson's avatar


Ranking: 2/10

Terribly signposted, private cemetery as soon as you drive in.. immediately put us off.. the. There was like 3km of one lane gravel road.. potentially more, we got about that far and tried to turn around, Impossibly tight so we had to unhitch out caravan and swing it round. The gravel
Was so loose and in such a slant the caravan handbrake was failing and we almost lost it down a bank. No facilities,
No vibe. Wouldn’t even bother.

Reviewed 8 months ago

Caravantraveller's avatar


Ranking: 1/10

Thankfully Rankers had a map marked so you could find the place but you are met with what seems a 2-3k gravel road. If you have a caravan stay far from this place. Get to the end and there is a sign saying no swimming despite the other reviews. Plus the fear of anyone coming the other way you have zero room to pull up anywhere! Once we got to the end and saw dead grass we turned around and paid for a camp down the road. That was 30 minutes of avoidable stress.

Reviewed 8 months ago

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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 about 1 year ago

Lauren's avatar


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 over 1 year ago

Miles Protter's avatar

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 over 1 year 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 almost 2 years ago

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Silly American 's avatar

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 almost 2 years 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 about 2 years ago

Helen Pengilly's avatar

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 over 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 almost 3 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 over 3 years ago

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Nick Morrison

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