12 Rankers Reviews
1 Freedom Camping
1 Mt Taranaki
Explore the Dawson Falls area from this great base. A feature is one of New Zealand's oldest operational power generators.
Central government organisation
North Island ▷ Taranaki ▷ Mt Taranaki
Easy 10 stars for this stunning location. Our family of four stayed a night in a campervan in late June with no issues at all (18 months & 3 year old). Toilet is ok clean, surrounding areas feel very safe. There were two other campervans in a large car park on the night we stayed. Enjoyed amazing view of snow peaked mt Taranaki & a big full rainbow after the rain side by side after our brekkie, unforgettable memory!
Unfortunately we missed out on any walk due to leaving straight after breakfast. But I would come back for another night and do some walks next time. My kids loved running around in the huge flat carpark with My Taranaki as a backdrop
Wonderful spot near the base of Mt Taranaki.
Public fishing toilets open 24/7 and reasonably clean.
Information centre open Thursday to Sunday.
We were the only freedom campers. There are bookable lodges nearby all run by DOC.
Dawsons Falls is stunning. One of my favourite walks, it has such a variety of native plants and trees and moss lined paths, with twisted tree roots and stones, it has an enchanted forest look about it. Take the longer loop track walk to really enjoy or go direct to the falls via the road.
The road is sealed all the way but it is narrow and windy for the last 6km trip so might be best to drive during the day.
Lovely and peaceful, spotted several Kereru (wood pidgeon) and heard Ruru (Morepork) at night.
Views of the Maunga were stunning despite us going in summer when there is relatively no snow.
Good coffee at Coffex coffee roasters in Hawera.
Amazing place!! Plenty of room, clean toilets and really peaceful. Next day we woke up eith the best views of Mt taranaki and did great walks for 6h. :)
Excellent place to park overnight with good loos and fabulous views of Taranaki.
Inge and Tonnie
Amazing views, flush toilets, car park was not full although high season, lovely walks, there was rumor at night around 1 am, sounded like locals.
Luis Vigil Vidal
Perfect place to stay with your camper. Amazing location with the best views to the Tongariro summit. Plenty of space for a lot of people. Best is to go to the upper parking where less people and couple of dining tables. Best star gazing of NZ!! Great toilets open 24/7 as they are at the I-Site centre. One of the best campgrounds of our entire 28 days trip around NZ!!
End of the line, great views and walks.
Beautiful place, at the end of a 6 km dead end street, with only the sounds of birds and wind and beautiful scenery/lookout. Nice walks with beautiful vegetation.
Beautiful scenery of the Mt Taranaki.
Malcolm & Susan
Visited the car park. Again a wonderful location and opportunity to camp for free on the mountainside. However, we stayed over at North Egmont where there were a few more facilities.
[2 senior Scots, 4 week trip, mainly overnight stops, self-contained, Autumn]
Nice spot to start your hike into the region of the mountains.
I reckon that 2 days here is a must. Heaps of walks, long and short, take your pick. Remember a warm hat as this place is at high altitude. Which makes for great views, but remember that in winter it snows up here. To say that the native bush here is mature, is an understatement - it feels prehistoric. A must in the Naki.
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 😍