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Mangahuia Campsite

State Highway 48 6km east of National Park village, about 10km from Whakapapa, Whakapapa, Tongariro National Park New Zealand

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State Highway 48 6km east of National Park village, about 10km from Whakapapa, Whakapapa, Tongariro National Park New Zealand
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Tasman Travels wrote a review Apr 2023
64 contributions4 helpful votes
We recently had three fantastic, peaceful nights here. DOC campsite pass is valid here. Perfectly located to get to various awesome walks/hikes and really nice and quiet (when sillies don’t rock up past 22:00 and smash into a rock!) It’s a tight campsite, we’re in a 7metre Sprinter and just about managed to get around. Toilets provided. Little to no phone signal. DOC came round every so often to check people had paid. Make sure you take your rubbish with you people! Find us on YouTube if you’re touring @saltyskin
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Date of stay: April 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Atareta P wrote a review Aug 2020
Kawerau, New Zealand34 contributions2 helpful votes
Thank you Mangahuia Campsite... My whanau and i would love to give thanx for the air breather get away🥰 loved all the scenic veiws of the maunga🏔😍😍🏔🏔🏞, the crisp fresh air my lungs so awaited for😂😂👍... i could go on and on.... but try it guys...
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Date of stay: August 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
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Alex C wrote a review Jan 2019
Christchurch, New Zealand29 contributions8 helpful votes
A great DOC site with individual campervan slots suitable for long wheel-based vehicles. Camping area, toilets and access to walks all available. Tongariro shuttle picks up from the campsite driveway, real convenient.
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Date of stay: November 2018
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vegeku76 wrote a review Oct 2018
Bourg-en-Bresse, France950 contributions272 helpful votes
DOC Camp à proximité du tongariro afin de faire le trek le lendemain, aux abords d'un bosquet qui permet d'être un peu abrité entre les places... toilettes simples mais ça a l'avantage d'être tôt sur le tongariro...
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Date of stay: November 2017Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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charesefl wrote a review Mar 2018
Spanaway, Washington23 contributions5 helpful votes
We had a campervan and a tent. There were nice spots to camp but unfortunately it was rainy. We found a nice grassy spot for the tent. We stayed 2 nights since we were doing the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. It is quiet but can get busy so go early. There was a cool swimming hole and a cooking area. Toilets were kept clean. Very cool walking trails as well.
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Date of stay: February 2018
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kiwitraveler92 wrote a review Jan 2018
Nelson-Tasman Region, New Zealand230 contributions117 helpful votes
Set back off the road down a long drive, the camp is nice and quiet. The sites are separated with trees and shrubbery so are somewhat private. It cost $13 each for the night and payment is on an honesty system with your money going into a payment box at the front of the camp. I would recommend this camp as a good overnight option for anyone doing any of the day walks in the area. Most of the people at our campground were up at 5.30am do do the Tongariro Crossing. NOTE: There are long drop toilets available, but no showers.
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Date of stay: January 2018Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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eugtam wrote a review Mar 2017
Portland, Oregon8 contributions1 helpful vote
I guess the rates went up or I went in high season, but we had to pay $13pp. It's a fairly small campground. We arrived around 6pm in the middle of the week in March and there were many tent sites still available in the front section though the best ones (more privacy, surrounded by bushes) were taken. There were some picnic tables, places to hang stuff to dry, and a cooking shelter with faucets. The stream is easily accessible as well. We heard kiwis calling at night too, so that was pretty cool. No view of the mountains from the tent camping area though.
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Date of stay: March 2017Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Lee D wrote a review Dec 2016
Winnipeg, Canada252 contributions86 helpful votes
This is a quiet area with secluded treed sites. The cost is a mere $6 pp so don't scrimp and try to rip off the DOC! It is first come first served so try to get there around 4pm to secure a spot. The road in is gravel but decent. Unfortunately it was pouring by the time we got there but we were tired after the hike so it all worked out.
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Date of stay: March 2016
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nicky m wrote a review Nov 2016
Sydney, Australia1052 contributions109 helpful votes
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Great spot for freedom camping with a motorhome. The camp runs on an honesty system and costs $6 per person. The camp runs along a beautiful river and separates tents and campervans. We had a very secluded spot and in the distance you could see the mountains. The area is very close to the visitors centre and the start of the Tongariro National alpine crossing walk. Bookings aren't required and it works on a first come basis. We were here in spring and it didn't fill up. Gravel access into the site. It's also a pretty social site, met some really interesting and friendly people. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this spot for freedom camping to anyone ⛺️⛺️
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Date of stay: November 2016
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Maayan Harel wrote a review Oct 2016
Halifax, Canada1068 contributions145 helpful votes
Perfect location, quiet and just a short drive to the track. With beautiful spots for motor home stay, and a river that flows right next to the site. Bathrooms were not the cleanest I've seen.. But it's a DOC site after all...
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Date of stay: October 2016Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Frequently Asked Questions about Mangahuia Campsite
Which popular attractions are close to Mangahuia Campsite?
Nearby attractions include Tongariro Alpine Crossing (6.5 km), Taranaki Falls (2.9 km), and Tawhai Falls (0.9 km).
Are there any historical sites close to Mangahuia Campsite?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Te Porere Redoubt (4.1 km).