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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.

New toilets

New toilets

what a fantastic mural!!

what a fantastic mural!!

Free Campsite on the Waikato River just out of Taupo.

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 (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.

The camping area had a bit of work done around the main entrance in 2014. Some poplars were removed as they were a safety hazard, and the area is gradually being drained and planted up with native vegetation.

Three of the worst toilets have been removed and replaced with a lovely new triple unit, one cubicle of which will have disability access when the ramp is completed. These new Permacrete units are properly vented and smell great. We hope to eventually replace the other toilets with something similar.

Contact Details

Taupo Address:
5km north of Taupo Township

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136 reviews with the most recent first, showing page 3 of 11.

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Elena Goschia

Germany

Ranking: 7/10

A free campground, you meet many people, nice, but the toilets are horrible.

A free campground, you meet many people, nice, but the toilets are horrible.

Reviewed 7 months ago and experienced in February 2014

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Camille Bellay

France

Ranking: 8/10

Location next to the river, lovely but dirty toilet. Good things to do abroad (hot water track).

Location next to the river, lovely but dirty toilet. Good things to do abroad (hot water track).

Reviewed 7 months ago and experienced in March 2014

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Mattias

Sweden

Ranking: 3/10

A lot of people and a lot of noise. Toilet unusable condition, river next to the camp was nice.

A lot of people and a lot of noise. Toilet unusable condition, river next to the camp was nice.

Reviewed 8 months ago and experienced in March 2014

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Cecilia Anderson

Sweden

Ranking: 4/10

Good cause it was free but we slept next to a 'German party', it was a lot of sound and we could not go to the toilet...

Good cause it was free but we slept next to a 'German party', it was a lot of sound and we could not go to the toilets cause it was so disgusting. But it was free and good for that.

Reviewed 8 months ago and experienced in March 2014

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Christina Perez

Germany

Ranking: 5/10

Nice scenery at Huka River. Very crowded. A lot of young people. Quite a lot of noise. Toilets are very, very disgust...

Nice scenery at Huka River. Very crowded. A lot of young people. Quite a lot of noise. Toilets are very, very disgusting!!

Reviewed 8 months ago and experienced in March 2014

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Catherine Schlachter

Germany

Ranking: 7/10

Nice spot, directly at the river bank. Toilets were a mess! A bit more crowded than other free ones.

Nice spot, directly at the river bank. Toilets were a mess! A bit more crowded than other free ones.

Reviewed 8 months ago and experienced in March 2014

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Claudia

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Great free campsite by the stream, lots of different spaces, stinky toilets.

Great free campsite by the stream, lots of different spaces, stinky toilets.

Reviewed 8 months ago and experienced in January 2014

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Sagi

Israel

Ranking: 7/10

A peaceful place near the lake, for free, but the toilet was terrible!

A peaceful place near the lake, for free, but the toilet was terrible!

Reviewed 8 months ago and experienced in February 2014

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Anne Collet

France

Ranking: 8/10

Free camping near Taupo, a lot of space, great place to stay when you want to visit the surrounding.

Free camping near Taupo, a lot of space, great place to stay when you want to visit the surrounding.

Reviewed 9 months ago and experienced in January 2014

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mcp hm

United States

Ranking: 8/10

free, perfect location. campers ignoring the fire ban and some locals driving cars super fast made me a bit uncomfort...

free, perfect location. campers ignoring the fire ban and some locals driving cars super fast made me a bit uncomfortable. beautiful waikato river. toilets so disgusting we drove back to public toilets in town each time we needed to go, but i see this should be fixed soon, in early june it still wasnt.

Reviewed 9 months ago

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Juliane

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Nice location, close to the river and Huka Falls. Free

Nice location, close to the river and Huka Falls. Free

Reviewed 9 months ago and experienced in February 2014

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Ennico

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Big area, take a bath in the river, toilets are not so clean! No fee! Stay up to 7 nights.

Big area, take a bath in the river, toilets are not so clean! No fee! Stay up to 7 nights.

Reviewed 9 months ago and experienced in February 2014

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Cathrin Wisgiekl

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Nice location by the river.

Nice location by the river.

Reviewed 11 months ago