Ruatiti Domain

Ruatiti Domain


25 Rankers Reviews

1 Face-to-Face

17 Basic Camping

1 Ohakune


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Felix's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful campsite, toilets and fire pits on site. No one else there ! Highly recommend.

Reviewed 7 days ago

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Ranking: 10/10

Perfectly perfect. Big swimming holes, water warm after hot period, a walk downstream after crossing river by downstream campers, can bush whack up to ridge to west, fascinating swing ridge 30 min downstream

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Klára Křesťanová

Ranking: 9/10

Huge campsite, stayed only shortly and didn't see much. Lots of rabbits and some rabbit poo. Road is good, with a few rocks lying about, watch out (and maybe throw them away when passing 🙂). Used as a base camp for Tongariro crossing, Kehetaki carpark is 1h 5mins drive away. Bring your own toilet paper.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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Eager Beaver

Ranking: 10/10

Fav campsite in NZ so far (actually the world). Drive all the way down and camp by the river. Numerous fire pits with plenty cut wood for all, tap water, clean drop and flush toilets. Trout fishing etc. Only negative I can think of is that there are no walking tracks easily accessible but if you have a car it's no problem, you're free to roam the surrounding area. Can't rate this any higher!

Reviewed about 2 years ago

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steve currie


Ranking: 9/10

Great Freedom camping, it is a 17km road in, and you have to back-track to come out, but the scenery is stunning and it is well worth the drive. The last 500 metres is dirt but no problem even in the wet.
Go past the flush toilet and camp by the stream, loads of room and nice waking up next to the stream. Our favourite Freedom Camp in the North Island.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Lindsay's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

The best campground we went to in nz. Worth the drive there! You can pick from so many sites along the water. You have to go through a private property lane way buy get to see lots of sheep!

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Magenta McHalick

Ranking: 10/10

All other reviews are spot on. This place is so beautiful. Remote, spacious and tranquil. Waking up to the sound of the river right next to the van was a highlight. Drive right down to the end of the road to be near the water don't stay on the top paddock. It is a lot of fun to be swept down the river. Bring a body board if you can! Drop toilets are kept clean and despite no drinking water you can wash dishes with the taps available. Would give this place 11 if I could.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Mat B

Ranking: 10/10

I've spent almost a month in NZ, and this is BY FAR the most spacious (by that I mean, you're not limited to 5 or less and parked mirror to mirror with your neighbour) and QUIET of the free sites. Like previous reviews, it is something of a drive in, but not difficult, and it most certainly adds to the charm of this place.
There are river-side sites that, if early enough, are available almost daily and a "picnic area" that seems unused during the week. If you want a place to BBQ and picnic away from people with a beautiful little river flowing past a sheer rock face laden with greenery flowing down to he water....this is thee place for you!
Easily my 1/13 ....that is, my #1 of the 13 free sites I've stayed at so far. In beats the 3 paid DOC sites I PAID for!

Reviewed almost 3 years ago