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
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Really busy, toilets really smelly but good location.
Bram and Laura
Beautiful place, near the river. Toilets clean enough, great for a few walks to the Huka Falls.
Nice place and very clean.
Lovely riverside spot - but very, very busy and drink bottles left over in the morning.
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A lot of space, near the beautiful blue river, a lot of people, very big. Toilet clean and recycling bins.
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.
Very nice spot near the river Waikato. It's located conveniently between Taupo town and Huka Falls. There's plenty space to camp or place your car, several toilets and you can even have a bath in the river (beware the current, it can be strong!). It's a pity it was so overcrowded, it's a popular place for teenagers to spend the holidays and it was late summer when we stayed there, so it can be worse. The best is that is a FREE camping ground :)
The toilets are very full and smelly when you are in it, but it is a free campsite directly beside the Waikato River. You can boil the water and drink it. Many crazy people of the river!
Great place at the river.
Directly on a nice river. Beautiful scenery, extremely dirty toilets, no litter.
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.
Beautiful, very popular place, lots of people, amazing river.
Scenic campsite right next to the Waikato River. Facilities are basic but the river side setting makes up for it. Perfect freedom camping spot.
Amazing, We had been touring the north island for 4 weeks pulled in here after the experience of Huka falls and found a freedom campsite in the trees on the fast river better than anything we experienced so far.
I have seen the other reviews and rest assured they have built new toilets and all is good.
I understand it gets busy at high season and I can see why. When we were there it was quiet.
If you like trees, rivers and stunning scenery...for free don't miss this one