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An Amazing Camping Spot for Animal Lovers on New Zealand’s North Island

An Amazing Camping Spot for Animal Lovers on New Zealand’s North Island

Our camping experience at Wairakei Natural Thermal Valley, Taupo
Alexander & VictoriaHi! We're Alex & Victoria - a digital nomad couple from Copenhagen escaping 9-5 to chase adventures in our beautiful world. Learn more about us here.

Can we stay one more night, please?

When driving around New Zealand’s North Island in a camper van in November 2019, we mostly freedom camped. 

It’s easy, it’s cheap (well, it’s free) and we didn’t really need all the facilities campgrounds offer… At least not every day.

But on our way from Rotorua to Taupo, we decided to stop at a campground called Wairakei Natural Thermal Valley.

Basically, because the photos on the Campermate-app showed some animals and one of the reviews mentioned a pet pig. 

Victoria was sold.

For a price of 24 NZD per person (~ 15.4 USD / 13.9 EUR), it definitely wasn’t the cheapest campground, but we simply had to meet the animals.

We thought we would spend a single night here and we ended up staying for four nights at this peaceful campground!

Arriving at Wairakei Natural Thermal Valley

The first animal that greeted us was a beautiful peacock showing us all of his colourful feathers. 

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A bunch of chickens ran around beside him and we saw a cat casually chilling next to them.

We immediately loved the atmosphere and were all smiles.

Welcome!
Kitty, one of the two lovely cats.
The cutest little lamb.

The animals at the campground

We quickly discovered more peacocks on the ground and even more chickens. They ran around freely and were everywhere.

Several of the hens had day-old chicks and they were adorable!

Obviously, we choose to stay at the place because of the animals and we were so glad we did.

All four days, we cuddled and played with them.

Among them were bunnies, two cats, a black sheep and another sheep with her tiny lamb. It had the cutest smile ever!

Three alpacas roamed around curiously and a bit sceptically at the same time. They were really funny.

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The social pet pig loved getting her belly rubbed and we loved giving her lots of attention.

Watch out. Lots of animal pictures coming up now!

Pure happiness!
Just look at this!
The black pet pig, Tui.
These three alpacas were so cool.
Muesli the lamb and her mother taking a nap in the shade.
Houdini, a very social sheep.
Bunnies!
Cuties.

Camping facilities

There was plenty of grass to park on and we camped next to a pole with power for the van.

The toilets were clean, the showers had hot water and there was a kitchen with a few pots and pans.

Overall, the facilities were fine but nothing too fancy.

What makes the price worth it in our opinion is all the animals!

Our camping spot.
Wairakei Natural Thermal Valley seen from above.
The reception and café at the campground.

The Natural Thermal Valley

On an early morning, we went on the thermal walk to explore the geothermal features

It’s about 1.5 to 2 kilometres and pretty easy in terms of hiking difficulty. 

We strolled through the lush landscape for 30 minutes or so, enjoying the mud pools, silica formations, native birds and beautiful plants.

If you’re not staying at the campground, it’s 10 NZD per adult (~ 6.2 USD / 5.8 EUR) and 5 NZD per child (~ 3.2 USD / 5.8 EUR) to go on the thermal walk.

The thermal walk is right next to the campground.

Thanks for reading

We hope that the lovely animals made you smile!

Let us know which of the animals you would like to pet the most.

Would you want to stay here if you came by?

Our camping experience at Wairakei Natural Thermal Valley, Taupo in New Zealand with lots of photos of animals!
Our camping experience at Wairakei Natural Thermal Valley, Taupo in New Zealand with lots of photos of animals!
Our camping experience at Wairakei Natural Thermal Valley, Taupo in New Zealand with lots of photos of animals!

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