North Egmont Carparks

North Egmont Carparks

Egmont National Park - Overnight Campervan Parking



26 Rankers Reviews

7 Face-to-Face

109 Freedom Camping

6 Mt Taranaki



Doc Visitor centre and Carpark


The visitor centre has displays on the local volcanic history and ecology along with displays of the European and Maori history of the mountain. There is a small café and a retail area where you can buy maps and brochures. DOC staff are available for help with track information and weather updates.

The nearby viewing platform offers stunning views of the Mountain, surrounding countryside and the Taranaki coast.


Feature Value Info


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  • Freedom Camping
  • Free





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Mik Jennings's avatar

Mik Jennings

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Sept 19: We arrived around 4pm and were treated to stunning views of Mt Taranaki all the way in. The spots for larger vans are a little sloped, which is not the end of the world, though the lower level regular spots offer the best morning views. Very quiet time of year and we could hear kiwis in the darkness from our bed. The toilets are clean and open all night and the visitors' centre has great staff who are very friendly and helpful regarding the local walks (especially the weather was somewhat....inclement when we were there). The cafe also has great coffee and cake to fuel up before hitting the trails!

Reviewed 13 days ago

Charlotte's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Incredible place to stay before exploring Mt Taranaki! We arrived in the dark and were treated to beautiful views of the mountain when we woke up!
Toilets in good condition and left open all night. Drinking water fountains available.
Visitor centre opened around 08:30, staff were friendly and helpful r.e. walks.

Reviewed 3 months ago

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Andy and Julia

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Great camping car park to start a hike up Mt. Taranaki. The staff there are wonderfully helpful as I hit my head pretty hard on the boot of our van and seeked medical attention... Plenty of room, with clean toilets available all night and drinking water from the water fountains. Top spot.

Reviewed 6 months ago

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Ranking: 5/10

Waited for the car park to clear after 3.30pm to get a level parking space in top car park. Comings and goings seemed to go on into the late evening, even after dark, and then started again from 4.30am onwards as people started an early hike. Great view of mountain. No facilities as just a car park but the toilets in the visitor centre were unlocked. It’s ok for one night stay.

Reviewed 7 months ago

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Freya's avatar


Ranking: 7/10

Large carpark with spaces even late at night. Only a few spots suitable for long vehicles though. Our van was 7m and once a few cars had parked around is in the morning it was very tight getting out. Great view of Mt Taranaki though.

Reviewed 8 months ago

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Ranking: 10/10

Great place to stay before going hiking. Car park is pretty big and wasnt too full in Nov. You can leave your car here when you go hiking. Clean toilets open all night. If you are lucky you get a view of mt taranaki too :)

Reviewed 11 months ago

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Andrew Attree

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Best free camping on our NZ trip probably best free campsite in the world just stunning room for 20 units at least nice toilets and cafe opens early morning walks direct from car park well worth the effort of a drive south west , use highway 4 from Ohakune south to Wanganui you won’t be disappointed, best road trip we have had so far on par with Coromandel coast road stunning

Reviewed 12 months ago

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Luis Vigil Vidal

Ranking: 10/10

Amazing view to the Taranaki!! Star gazing at night is mind blowing!! Go to the upper small parking and you’ll be just in front the volcano. Public toilet open 24/7 and clean. Nice place to stay if you are going on trek next day.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Verena Fendt

Ranking: 9/10

Staying at the visitor carpark, good public toilets, had a brilliant view of Mt Egmont in the morning! Good spot if you're about to go for a hike there.

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

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Ernst Mayerhofer

Ranking: 6/10

Stayed there one night with for free. There is a clean toilet available. Would recommend it for early walks in the national park. People in iSite and the cafe were very friendly. Very good cake and coffee in the cafe for a reasonable price.

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

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Felix Bröder's avatar

Felix Bröder


Ranking: 7/10

Parking lot next to the Information Centre, 24 hour toilet. During the night very cold. Wonderful view in the morning.

Reviewed about 3 years ago

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Alesha Wade


Ranking: 10/10

Awesome freedom camping spot. We woke to the awesome view of Mt Taranaki. We were above the cloud line so if we didn't make the trek up there we would have missed this fab view.

Reviewed about 3 years ago

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Max Brunner

Ranking: 9/10

A carpark with toilet. What makes it really good is the awesome view, near walking tracks and it is free!

Reviewed almost 4 years ago

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