Huka/Aratiatia Rapids Scenic Reserve...

Huka/Aratiatia Rapids Scenic Reserve

Overnight Campervan Parking

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13 Rankers Reviews

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44 Taupo

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North IslandTaupo RegionTaupo

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Mark Jarvis 's avatar

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 6 days ago and experienced in September 2019

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Adam

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 about 1 month ago

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Dennis Rijbroek

Netherlands

Ranking: 7/10

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

Reviewed 2 months ago

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Pat Burns

Canada

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 8 months 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 8 months 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 9 months ago

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Anni

Ranking: 8/10

Great and beautiful spot. Nice place to camp.

Reviewed 11 months ago

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jofa972

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 over 1 year 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 over 2 years ago

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Beth Goodrich

Australia

Ranking: 8/10

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.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Michal

Poland

Ranking: 10/10

If you like really wild camping it is the place for you.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Berni Hart

Ranking: 8/10

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.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Cherie Marshall

Ranking: 8/10

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.

Reviewed almost 5 years ago

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