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Reids Farm Free Campsite - Taupo

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Claire Taylor

Reids Farm can get busy. But it's justified!

Reids Farm can get busy. But it's justified!

Plenty of nooks and crannies.

Plenty of nooks and crannies.

Free Campsite just out of Taupo.

A group of poplar trees have been removed from next to the main drive, and the camping area will reopen for use from 2 April 2014. The removal of the trees was to improve safety (some of the trees blew over in a storm and blocked the road) and to allow us to safely replace two of the worst toilets with a nice new block in May 2014.

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 for locals, 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, 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.

The toilets are on a holding tank and are cleaned and pumped out regularly but can get a bit pongy as the vaults are not well vented. Some of the toilets are due to be replaced in May 2014 so will be a lot more pleasant. We hope to replace the others as funds permit.

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Taupo Address:
5km north of Taupo Township

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Simon Zenzen

Germany

Ranking: 6/10

Nice place at the river, although no bins.

Nice place at the river, although no bins.

Reviewed 24 February 2014

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Emma K

Spain

Ranking: 10/10

Absolutely beautiful. Right next to the river, green, trees and plenty of space. In walking distance to the Huka Fall...

Absolutely beautiful. Right next to the river, green, trees and plenty of space. In walking distance to the Huka Falls and free hot pools.
I loved it!

(Muddy with rain - don't get your wheels stuck!)

Reviewed 14 October 2013

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Jonas Herrmann

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Very beautiful, clean, toilets provided.

Very beautiful, clean, toilets provided.

Reviewed 8 months ago and experienced in February 2013

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Fabian

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

The free camp is located near Taupo's central right next to a river. The toilets could be cleaner.

The free camp is located near Taupo's central right next to a river. The toilets could be cleaner.

Reviewed 8 months ago and experienced in February 2013

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Sebastian

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Near the city and a nice river.

Near the city and a nice river.

Reviewed 8 months ago and experienced in February 2013

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Sebastian

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Nice place. You can swim in the river. Near the waterfalls.

Nice place. You can swim in the river. Near the waterfalls.

Reviewed 8 months ago and experienced in February 2013

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Brendon Furney

United States

Ranking: 10/10

Best campsite that I have been to so far, great location and the river is amazing.

Best campsite that I have been to so far, great location and the river is amazing.

Reviewed 8 months ago and experienced in February 2013

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Hannah Lia-Isis Kubillus

Germany

Ranking: 5/10

Good location and for free.

Good location and for free.

Reviewed 8 months ago and experienced in February 2013

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Sebastian Russell-Smits

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Great base for exploring Taupo, beautiful river and friendly people.

Great base for exploring Taupo, beautiful river and friendly people.

Reviewed 8 months ago and experienced in March 2013

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Sarah Horn

England

Ranking: 9/10

Great spot by beautiful river on the way to Huka Falls.

Great spot by beautiful river on the way to Huka Falls.

Reviewed 8 months ago and experienced in March 2013

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Peter Brown

United States

The i SITE system is a very effective way to plan and reserve your tours. Americans aren't familiar with such a system. We didn't know they existed until we arrived. Very helpful advice and maps. The first iSite you get to is the one in Auckland Airport!

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David Restell

United Kingdom

Ranking: 7/10

We have stayed here a couple of different times for a couple of nights each.

+ LOADS of space to park up,
+ Free.......

We have stayed here a couple of different times for a couple of nights each.

+ LOADS of space to park up,
+ Free....is surprising when considering the location,
+ Right on the river, fantastic for a dip in summer to cool down,

- toilets are horrendous, very smelly and not in any way recommended to use, head into Taupo if you need the toilet
- Locals seem to like to go and hang on mass, quite often cars of youngsters drinking and playing loud music hanging around. Is plenty of space to avoid though.

Reviewed 8 months ago and experienced in February 2013

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Pei

China

Ranking: 8/10

close to Huka falls, great place for pitching a tent, toilets are lot very good.

close to Huka falls, great place for pitching a tent, toilets are lot very good.

Reviewed 8 months ago and experienced in April 2013

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Danish_family

Ranking: 6/10

Nice free camp by the river. Many locals at this friday nigth. They got up early. Not so quiet. Toilets very disgusting.

Nice free camp by the river. Many locals at this friday nigth. They got up early. Not so quiet. Toilets very disgusting.

Reviewed 10 months ago and experienced in February 2013