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Claire Taylor

Plenty of nooks and crannies.

Plenty of nooks and crannies.

New toilets

New toilets

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.

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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Max Grabowski

Germany

Ranking: 7/10

Free, but toilets are dirty.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago and experienced in February 2014

Reids Farm Free Campsite - Taupo responds:

Five of the eight toilets were replaced or refurbished in mid 2014 and all are cleaned daily.

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Nimh Oudhof

Netherlands

Ranking: 10/10

Really nice, free, a lot of young travellers.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago and experienced in January 2014

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Max Tetzlaff

Germany

Ranking: 6/10

Every backpacker in New Zealand has visited this camping ground because it is free. But it is very dirty especially the toilets.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago and experienced in February 2014

Reids Farm Free Campsite - Taupo responds:

Five of the eight toilets were replaced or refurbished in mid 2014 and all are cleaned daily.

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Vincent Schaeflier

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Really nice spot for free, just awesome.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Florian Guttler

Germany

Ranking: 2/10

Free campground next to the river, lots of campers, no space, can get loud in the night, disgusting toilets and full rubbish bins.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago and experienced in February 2014

Reids Farm Free Campsite - Taupo responds:

Five of the eight toilets were replaced or refurbished in mid 2014 and all are cleaned daily. New recycling facilities were installed in 2014.

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isabel Zander

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Free! The surroundings are absolutely beautiful even if it is close to the city. Just the toilets are really bad.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago and experienced in April 2014

Reids Farm Free Campsite - Taupo responds:

Five of the eight toilets were replaced or refurbished in mid 2014 and all are cleaned daily.

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Christopher Buch Madsen

Denmark

Ranking: 8/10

Great scenery, just near a strong current river where you can float down to another spot of the camp. Long drops, no water but with trashbins.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Toke Frederiksen

Denmark

Ranking: 9/10

Really nice large place with a beautiful river good for swimming. It is free for up to 7 nights, no water or flushing toilets though.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Johannes Grellmann

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Beautiful, beautiful scenery, clear water, silent, nice.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Elena Wilkins

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Wonderful spot, close to the river of Lake Taupo, toilet, lots of space.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Meredith Griffiths

Canada

Ranking: 10/10

Awesome campground right by the river, totally free of charge. You can camp there for one full week per two week period. Beautiful site just a few minutes drive from the city centre.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Cymen Crick

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

We just used the new toilet installation and they are fantastic. Thanks so much to the Taupo District Council for listening to the feedback regarding these toilets and fixing them to such a high standard. Reids Farm is a top notch Freedom Camping location that's deserved of such great facilities. Respect - From the Rankers Team.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

Reids Farm Free Campsite - Taupo responds:

Thanks Cymen, we are very pleased with the new facilities, and love the mural that has just been painted on them. We really hope they will be appreciated and looked after.

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Jesseca Klausch

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Great campground for free (even for non self-contained vehicles), next to a very beautiful river. Near great activities, you meet many nice people, not only other tourists but also locals, nice plum trees.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago and experienced in February 2014