8 Rankers Reviews
3 Mt Taranaki
North Island ▷ Taranaki ▷ Mt Taranaki
Pros: amazing views all around! We had the whole place to ourselves for most of the evening/night. Loved it.
Cons: was so so so windy around 2am that we thought our rooftop tent was gonna turn into a sail and send us overboard! Would be absolutely fine in a van though.
Tried to camp at a spot listed on the app in town, but was chased off by a cop and told to park up here. Actually grateful he did, this was a true favorite. Located at the end of the road, i couldn’t appreciate the view because it was pitch black when I arrived but woke up to a great sight of the mountain covered in snow in the summer. The wind was blowing incredibly hard, I parked one way but the gusts were so bad I thought I’d tip the van over so I moved 90 degrees to face it head on and solved the issue. Great bathrooms, no potable water but the sink water was warm for some reason (I won’t argue, it felt great after a chilly night). It was quiet my night, no hooligans like the other reviews indicate, but it’s remote so I could see the local kids terrorizing this lot.
Nice site with loads of space. Perfect view on the mountain. Toilets were locked sadly but didn’t bother us. However, we didn’t feel very safe most of the time because some locals used the car park as a race track in the evening. They kept shouting and pushing their horns and kept leaving and entering the campsite. They seem to come here more frequently, since other reviews had similar experiences.
You shouldn’t stay overnight alone.
Amazing views, just under the mountain so be prepared for an impressive view in the morning if you arrive after nightfall like we did. Okay public toilets. It’s a very very big gravel car park so you’ll always find a spot to park. There’s a cool walk up to the bottom of the ski field which is well worth the effort. Road up is steep but is smooth and sealed so should be accessible for all vehicles.
I thought this was a fantastic spot parked at the edge of the snow right next to the toilets with a fantastic walking track. But, the down side. My wife didn't feel safe as although it was only a Monday night the hoons were there at 2am using the car park as a race track. It was so bad I rang the police but was told there was no 24 hr police and they would have to call someone out. Police never arrived and various car loads of hoons came during the night. It was a shame as it was a fantastic location.
A wonderful place to spend the night. Had a fantastic stroll up to the ski station and enjoyed the sun setting multiple times over the mountain as we walked down. Woke up to a perfect sunny morning, walked up the mountain and had breakfast before another soul joined us on the mountain. Fantastic.
Will and Taylor
Gravel parking lot with washrooms at the end of the road. Amaaaazing views back to Mt. Ruapehu and of the stars at night. Due to altitude gets chilly and windy at night so be prepared!
Well this place is truly an alpine vista. It's a large area to find a private place and take it all in. I feel like an eagle on my nest....
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 😍