9 Rankers Reviews
64 Freedom Camping
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.
North Island ▷ Taupo Region ▷ Turangi
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.
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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
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
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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
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
Good and quiet spot. Didn't meet a single living soul. Nice stream for fishing, a few mozzies. No toilet.
An amazing hike for people who like (almost) untouched nature. Make sure you have good boots.
We camped near the river. Excellent very quiet.
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
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