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North IslandTaupo RegionTaupo

Free Campsite on the Waikato River just out of Taupo.

Please note: Reid’s Farm will also be closed to campers over the winter months to allow rehabilitation work to take place. The closure will come into effect on Monday, June 20 and remain in place until September 30

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.

Photo taken from a campsite

Photo taken from a campsite

Claire Taylor

Plenty of nooks and crannies.

Plenty of nooks and crannies.

New toilets

New toilets

Contact Details

Taupo Address:
5km north of Taupo Township

Operating Season And Hours: Reid’s Farm will also be closed to campers over the winter months to allow rehabilitation work to take place, in line with its reserve management plan. The closure will come into effect on Monday, June 20 and remain in place until September 30

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165 reviews with the most recent first, showing page 2 of 13.

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Emilie Normand

France

Ranking: 10/10

A free campsite by the river with clean facilities and many people to meet. We can walk up the stream from the shore and let the Waikato River show us back to the site. There is a natural spa further up.

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Tim De Boer

Ranking: 6/10

Quite noisy during almost the whole night but very nice location and clean toilets, worth a 6 because it is free...

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Miaomace

Ranking: 1/10

Toilet was unbelievably smelly, especially at night time. We could smell it even when we parked our car very far away from the toilet. Very crowded, because near to town and free. Some people have their party with very loud music until very late. A lot of mosquitos during a raining day.

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Ahmed Mohsen Aly

Netherlands

Ranking: 2/10

Crowded and smelly. The atmosphere didn't help either. The only thing this place has got going on for it is its location.

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Melissa Higgins

Ranking: 6/10

Great spot, but a dude approached me in the dark trying to sell me weed. It didn't bother me much, but then he came back two more times, knocking on my van trying to get me to buy it. Not a fault of the campsite, but maybe a fault of its reputation. Oh well.

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Ranking: 10/10

Amazing spot! Close to town and Huka Falls are in walking distance. Lots of good quiet camping spots. My favourite one is close to the water.

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Christina L

Ranking: 4/10

This would be an amazing spot if people could behave themselves. Toilets are long drops and fully okay for free. It gets really full in the evening and there are many people that don't respect others and certainly overstay their welcome there.
For one night, totally fine!

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Chris Read

Ranking: 7/10

Really busy, toilets really smelly but good location.

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Bram and Laura

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

Beautiful place, near the river. Toilets clean enough, great for a few walks to the Huka Falls.

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Anne Hempelt

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Nice place and very clean.

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Polly Rider

England

Ranking: 7/10

Lovely riverside spot - but very, very busy and drink bottles left over in the morning.

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Hubert

France

Ranking: 9/10

A lot of space, near the beautiful blue river, a lot of people, very big. Toilet clean and recycling bins.

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CMG

New Zealand

Ranking: 6/10

Nice camping area next to the river, but extremely crowded when we visited. The 3 drop toilets are newly built, but were very full and dirty, and smelled absolutely horrific! Be forewarned! We got there late and left first thing in the morning; the toilets were too disgusting to use.

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