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107 Freedom Camping
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.
North Island ▷ Taupo Region ▷ Taupo
Great views of snowy mountains. Big sandy area to side of road. Kids had fun playing in the snow.
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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.
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 😍