10 Rankers Reviews
161 Freedom Camping
North Island ▷ Taupo Region ▷ Taupo
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!
Clare & Gerry
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.
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Marion & Leonie
Just as described, toilets where closed after 5 pm. Don't really know why though, as there's no running water or anything anyway.
Great and beautiful spot. Nice place to camp.
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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!
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.
Nice spot out of the main drag of Taupo - the freedom spot on the lake in town was almost full in the early afternoon. Warning for non self contained vans though, the toilet was locked after 5pm and not reopened until after we left at 830am.
If you like really wild camping it is the place for you.
Space for 2 vans by the river and another 2 or 3 in the car park area just above. Great location at the start of the Huka Falls walkway. Bit of noise from nearby jet skis up till 6.30 then peaceful with occasional motor hum from the dam. Small price to pay for being in such a great spot to view the opening of the gates to re-create the rapids.
If you drive down the road there are two places to park your vehicle. They are both very scenic and a lovely place to stay. Walking and cycling activities close by. Huka jets provide some entertainment during the day.
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