The Ruapehu District has council-vested, small and friendly camping grounds in Taumarunui, Ohakune and Raetihi. All known as Holiday Parks, these camping grounds are set in the spectacular Central Plateau and offer an ideal base for the many activities the area offers.
Camping at Cherry Grove Reserve in Taumarunui is permitted to school or other groups only with prior authorisation by Council. Please contact Council to make enquiries about camping at Cherry Grove.
- Taumarunui Holiday Park
SH4 – South of Taumarunui
Phone: 07 895 9345
2. Ohakune Top 10 Holiday Park
5 Moore Street, Ohakune
Phone 06 385 8561
3. Raetihi Holiday Park
10 Parapara Road, Raetihi
Phone: 06 385 4016
National Park Park'n'Ride on Findlay Street offers secure parking and powered sites for RV's, campervans, etc. Further information on the factilities offered can be found here.
For further camping opportunities in the Ruapehu District and on the Central Plateau, see the Department of Conservation website.
There are a number of mobile home and caravan wastewater dumping stations situated around the Ruapehu District. Locations of these services are provided on the Mobile Home and Caravan Wastewater Dumping Station page of Council website.
Ruatiti Domain is the only area in the District where freedom camping is permitted by Council. It is well used by fishermen and campers, particularly over the summer months and many families return year after year.
A Ruatiti Domain Committee, comprising local residents, a Waimarino-Waiouru Community Board member and Council staff, manage the operational issues relating to this property.
This area has a number of toilet facilities, tap water and a number of BBQs. The water is taken from a spring located very high on the edge of a cliff of papa rock on the Mangonui O Te Ao River and piped to a concrete holding tank located on the Domain. Visitors to the Domain are advised to boil all drinking water.
There is a prohibition of bringing liquor to the Ruatiti Domain for the period from midnight on 30 December until midnight on 2 January annually.