Tukino Mountain Road

Tukino Mountain Road

Overnight Campervan Parking



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107 Freedom Camping

18 Taupo




Large gravel and sand area just off the Desert Road - State Highway 1.

Stunning views of Mt Ruapehu on a clear day

Very exposed to the weather so plan accordingly - this area does get snow in winter.


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North IslandTaupo RegionTaupo


  • Freedom Camping
  • Free


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Lisa J

Ranking: 9/10

Great views of snowy mountains. Big sandy area to side of road. Kids had fun playing in the snow.

Reviewed about 1 month ago

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Jo's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

A sandy area just off the highway. (No toilets.) It's an amazing, unique landscape with a great view of the mountain. Kids can play among the grassy bumps. We loved it.
Downsides are the road noise from the highway, and that people sometimes drive through on their way to the Tukino skifield.
The site was deserted when we stayed in July, although people turned up in the morning.

Reviewed 3 months ago

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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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Nick Morrison

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