Waikoko Campsite

Waikoko Campsite

Kaimanawa Forest Park


15 Rankers Reviews

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12 Turangi

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North IslandTaupo RegionTurangi


  • Basic Camping
  • Free


Showing 13 reviews of 15.

Tyler's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Amazing spot, surrounded by forest covered mountains and a stream running close by.

My favorite freedom camping spot.

Reviewed 10 months ago

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Carl Bright

New Zealand

Ranking: 7/10

Nice Spot, kinda hard to find at night.

Reviewed about 1 year ago

Tedy's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Nice spot with a little cabin in the middle where u can make a fire. Toillet OK. You can make nice walks in the surrounding :-)

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Danielle Johnson

United States

Ranking: 7/10

Pretty decent place for a free camp. Close to the main road, decent drop toilet, kitchen/shelter...it’s basically a big parking lot. Not many tent sites, but do-able. Quiet, no sandflies.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Gap year

Ranking: 10/10

Good place to stay for the night before doing the alpine crossing.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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Andrew Hargreaves

Ranking: 7/10

Very remote and peaceful location. Relatively close to the alpine crossing starts. Room for plenty of vehicles. Big strucure in middle with wood fire and sinks. Drop toilet not great, no loo roll, plenty of bugs and no light. Wife refused to use it. Nice little stream at the bottom. Could see plenty of stars on a clear night. No bins so please take litter with you

Reviewed about 2 years ago

Sio's avatar


United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Stayed Eve before tongariro crossing - less than 20 min drive to the pick up point for the following morn.
Camp had long drop, sheltered area for cooking (let the wind hold back your baked bean dreams no longer) and level areas parking up.
Visited May 2019 and only two other vehicles but guess it’s busier high season
Great spot.
Beaut stars at night 😍

Reviewed over 2 years ago

Zoe's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Great overnight spot. Heaps of spots available but it fills up quick because it’s perfect stop over for the alpine crossing. Only one toilet with no light but does have a uncover area where you can have a fire if you have wood.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Julie's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Campsite was great! We got there around 6:30 and there were still some spots open. The water tasted great, and the toilet was pretty clean. We hiked Tongariro the next day, and it was an easy drive in the morning. Just a few noisy folks, but all was quiet by about 9pm.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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JuhuMel Campers

Ranking: 6/10

Before we got there we wished we wouldn't be the only one as it was somewhere in nowhere. The camping was full, the drop toilet smelly. Most people didn't even use it. There was a lot of rubbish in the bush. However, it was close to the tongariro crossing and free. The other campers were silent after 10pm.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Boris Clémençon


Ranking: 10/10

Calm big grassy place ! Perfect.
Clean toilets.
Gravel road ok.
Thanks NZ for this campsite.
We love you !

Reviewed over 2 years ago

Marilli's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

We stayed here the night before our tongariro crossing!
Perfect place!
Toilet is there and a little shelter.
Easy access

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

Laura's avatar


Ranking: 7/10

We came late and it was PACKED! First stop was the first one on the street on the right (packed and all partying at 9.30pm) we moved on to this one and it was also full. We found a spot, but get there early!
No cooking, dirty sink for dishes (water wasn’t working).
But: great location and free :-)

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Nick Morrison

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