Huka/Aratiatia Rapids Scenic Reserve...

Huka/Aratiatia Rapids Scenic Reserve

Overnight Campervan Parking



17 Rankers Reviews

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153 Freedom Camping

27 Taupo




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Natalie's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Lots of freedom campers here, no specific parks which is a bonus as you can park anywhere you want. The long drop (toilet) remained open the entire night. Great camping spot & pure darkness - no street lights or anything. We had a great sleep here & would come back again.

Reviewed about 10 hours ago

Dave's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Quiet and plenty of spaces. Only 15 mins from Taupo and even less to Huka Falls. Worked really well for us. No facilities, just one toilet on site, although we didn’t need them.

Reviewed 18 days ago

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Lauren's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Fantastic spot. Easy access to Craters mtb Park, Huka falls and hot water stream. Parked up here for a couple of nights to explore the area by bike and on foot. Very quiet at night, toilet currently closed.

Reviewed about 1 month ago

Peter's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Quiet flat car park at the start of a lovely walk. Got there late at night and only one other van there. Perfect for a self contained van.

Reviewed 5 months ago

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Mark Jarvis

Ranking: 7/10

Quiet location. Long drop toilet had lots of mosquitoes in as close to the water. Not many of the spaces are level which might be an issue for some. Right next to the rapids however and so u can enjoy the opening of the dam which is well worth experiencing.

Reviewed 8 months ago and experienced in September 2019

Adam's avatar


Ranking: 7/10

Very convenient location, fairly large car park.
Be prepared for bugs!!! As soon as the sun went down we got ambushed.

Reviewed 9 months ago

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Dennis Rijbroek


Ranking: 7/10

Quiet. View was ok. Close to Huka falls. Toilet is non-flushing but with toilet paper.

Reviewed 10 months ago

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Pat Burns


Ranking: 7/10

Paved parking lot next to dam. 6 or 7 campers the night we were there. A bit unlevel but not too bad. Terrific spot to walk the trail down river of dam to watch the water rise as the dam opens. Go to first viewpoint about 5 min down the trail. Toilet does get locked at night though!

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Clare & Gerry

Ranking: 10/10

Lots of space. A public suction toilet. Interesting view of geothermal power station. Dam gates open several times a day with huge rush of water. 2 look out points. Huka falls view point too. Advise parking at rear of the area away from road which is surprisingly busyish.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Marion & Leonie

Ranking: 8/10

Just as described, toilets where closed after 5 pm. Don't really know why though, as there's no running water or anything anyway.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Anni's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Great and beautiful spot. Nice place to camp.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

jofa972's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Great campsite! The parking is really big and we were only two campervans. On the morning, you can walk 10 minutes (cross the road and then follow the arrows) and on 10am the river dam opens his sluice gates so you can see the water going down, which is beautiful!
The only problem here is that the parking is titled, we tried to find a spot where it was better but it was all the same, but no matter, still a very nice place!

Reviewed about 2 years ago

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Judy Aspinall

Ranking: 7/10

Pretty area, near rapids and falls. We were the only campervan for the night. We arrived before 5 pm and the restroom was already locked. The falls were worth visiting. The entrance was closed so we parked near the lookout and walked.

Reviewed about 3 years ago

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