Please note: Reid’s Farm is closed to campers between May 1 and October 1 for site maintenance, in line with its reserve management plan. Part of Reid’s Farm will be reopened between Friday 9 June and Friday 14 July to accommodate DHL New Zealand Lions Series 2017 supporters who will pass through the district in campervans.
Free camping is permitted on this recreation reserve. Maximum length of stay up to 7 nights in any consecutive 14 night period.
This campsite is close to town, and can be a popular party venue, especially on New Year's Eve. It's used a lot by travellers and sometimes by school groups. It can be a bit boggy after lots of rain. Quite a few sandflys as it is right on the river.
There is a permanent fire ban on this campsite (NO FIRES), and a complete liquor ban between noon on 27 December and 7am on 4 January.
This is a very popular spot for people learning how to white water kayak, and is the end point for guided kayak tours on the Waikato River.
Facilities are basic - the only water supply is the Waikato River, so we suggest that all drinking water is boiled first. There are no showers or cooking facilities, but refuse and recycling bins are provided. Three older toilets have been removed and replaced with a lovely new triple unit, one cubicle of which has disability access. Two other toilets have also been refurbished making the whole experience much more pleasant. During busy periods, there can be queues for the best toilets so it pays to get up early.
5km north of Taupo Township
Operating Season And Hours: Reid’s Farm is closed to campers between May 1 and October 1 for site maintenance, in line with its reserve management plan. Part of Reid’s Farm will be reopened between Friday 9 June and Friday 14 July to accommodate DHL New Zealand Lions Series 2017 supporters who will pass through the district in campervans.
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Busy campground but quiet at night. Close to the river but we didn't see any mosquitos. Many toilets available and fairly clean.
Hippie camping and feels like a Coachella festival gone bad. Almost fell into the river while doing dishes and toilets were a mess. The ground is like a swamp so when using a tent I would recommend not to stay in the lower parts as we did. You will get flushed away if it rains. Which it obviously did when we stayed. There was a man standing and laughing at our baby for five minutes at one point? Don't know, don't ask...
But the camping was at least free!
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the Taupo council have chained off most of Rieds farm , you can no longer camp by the river side , the max 7 night stay is gone and it a max 3 night stay now, they have allso changed the name , what once was a cool spot to stay isnt so cool anymore . And as of this date that im writing this review 90% of the place is still under chain . what a shame Taupo council !
Freedom camping at its best. Huge site, lots of room, turn up and camp. Right on the riverside. 10 minutes from Taupo town. Toilets are new and clean.
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Friendly folk, good fishing.
Best freedom campsite and cool people - highly recommended!
OK it's free but no water supply, smelly toilets in the evening (better in the morning because someone came to clean). Quite noisy, a lot of room but always very busy. Really well located.
Hideous!! Trashed by unsavoury characters... disrespect to the max.
The campsite itself is nice. Near Taupo and next to a river. A lot of people we there when we arrived at 5 pm but many arrived way later and still got a spot. The big minus was the long drop toilets that smelled so bad and was really dirty. Also there were many flies inside.
Brilliant campsite right on the river. Would recommend this site.
We at Rankers NZ, love to meet travellers on the road and share in some of the freedom. That's why Rankers NZ invites you to come and stay for free at our chill riverside overnight parking area in the Motueka Valley at the top of the South Island.
Suppose I didn't expect much from a free campsite, but this place should be dodged. Disgusting toilets, disrespectful campers, brazen thievery, loud cars all hours who only come into the campsite to sound thier horns at 3am. If you want peace and quiet, your better off sleeping in a music festival porta loo. Several police visits didn't stop foreign tourists from throwing bottles at people. Lived in taupo a long time and heard about this place, but my experience of it resembles a festering cesspool. What a shame for what seemed like a peaceful place. AVOID.
Very, very busy. Get here early for a good spot (February 2016). Toilets have paper and are reasonably clean. Use the super loo next to Taupo library for a $2 hot shower and use of a hairdryer!
We were very thankful for a free place to stay near Taupo! Very nice view and campsite but it was very crowded