Waikoko Campsite

Waikoko Campsite

Kaimanawa Forest Park



13 Rankers Reviews

1 Face-to-Face

151 Basic Camping

10 Turangi



Feature Value Info


North IslandTaupo RegionTurangi


  • Basic Camping
  • Free





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 24 days 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 4 months ago

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Gap year

Ranking: 10/10

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

Reviewed 7 months 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 9 months ago

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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 about 1 year ago

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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 about 1 year ago

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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 about 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 over 1 year ago

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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 2 years ago

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Rachel Mudge

Ranking: 6/10

Nice setting, but looked like a gypsy camp with all the tourists.
But it's free!!! Thanks DOC.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Grace Craven

Ranking: 6/10

Its a very popular campsite as a stopover before the Tongariro crossing, even in low season it was fairly packed. Nonetheless it is still a lot better than the surrounding free DOC campsites and has access down to the river (where if you're lucky you might see some native blue ducks riding the rapids).
It is essentially a car park with a communal covered area for cooking in the centre (no cooking facilities though) and a long drop toilet. There is a rainwater tank/sink for washing up and a hilarious water sign that leads you down to the river. The river water is delicious (locals okayed it and said it was good to drink).

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Nick Morrison

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