5 Rankers Reviews
5 Freedom Camping
1 Tongariro / National Park Village
This drive is not for the faint hearted - a rough gravel with the odd stream crossing so definitely watch the weather - and the capabilities of your vehicle!
But.......if that all lines up, you will never have such a beautifully bizarre nights stay. I can imagine Nasa coming here to train before the Mars landing.
North Island ▷ Ruapehu ▷ Tongariro / National Park Village
Absolutely beautiful place to camp, right under the mountain, gets cold and windy so be prepared, easy drive up as long as it hasn't rained in a few days, it floods easily. No facilities, yet the solitude and the quite is worth it. Great hike up to the ski field club houses as well 6.5km from the camping spot
Awesome place to visit or stay.
Beautiful location with stunning views of the mountains, very weather dependent though. The entrance off the main road comes up very quickly so keep a sharp eye out. 6-7km up a gravel road, keep going until you cross a stream and then keep going further until you see the sign in the picture. No facilities so you need a self contained van but worth it for peace and silence away from roads and other people.
Feels a bit like another world, could be on the surface of the moon!
Rating depends on the weather. Be aware of the fact that there is nothing and nobody around you apart from the mountains. Nice views if weather is good. No facilities at all. Tough gravel road to get there.
If you struck good weather this would be an interesting place to camp one night. If the weather is not good I wouldn't bother travelling down the road-you will just see mist.
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 😍