Urchin Carpark

Urchin Carpark

Kaimanawa Forest Park - Overnight Campervan Parking


4 Rankers Reviews

2 Face-to-Face

19 Turangi

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This is along a rough, windy gravel road. Suitable for small vehicles only. It is at the start of the Urchin tramping track.

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DOC Central North Island

Central government organisation


North IslandTaupo RegionTurangi


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Lauren Glass's avatar

Lauren Glass

Ranking: 8/10

Beautiful secluded spot with a toilet. Loads of campsites around this area so you can't go wrong.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Manuel Fessler


Ranking: 7/10

I don't really know what score to give. The clearing is just gorgeous and the forest surrounding it is otherworldly beautiful. You can hear strange bird sounds, have a fire and see loads of stars. Getting there was a real pain though and iIwas afraid we would damage our rental van. Also the toilet was the smelliest I have ever seen. Despite its remoteness it was quite busy and people arrived till late night. But there is quite some space so things don't get too cramped.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Camille Guevel


Ranking: 10/10

Great and free, not far from the Tongariro Alpine Crossing.

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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New Zealand

Ranking: 5/10

Not a bad spot if you are into peace and quiet and the other places are full but I would definitely prefer one of the more open areas back down the road or along the river

Reviewed over 8 years ago

DOC Managed

Thanks to all the good people working for the NZ Department of Conservation - for all your hard work - making NZ more beautiful, accessable and healthy! Cheers 😍

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Cymen Crick

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