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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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Jessica Grewe

Germany

Ranking: 7/10

Reviewed 11 months ago and experienced in February 2013

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Lydia Kleinkoenen

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

For free, nice spot, 2 minus for the toilets.

For free, nice spot, 2 minus for the toilets.

Reviewed 11 months ago and experienced in February 2013

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Clodec

France

Ranking: 5/10

Free!! But noisy and stinky!

Free!! But noisy and stinky!

Reviewed 11 months ago and experienced in March 2013

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OuttaTime

New Zealand

Ranking: 3/10

Really nice scenic spot, Went there with caravan and two children, were quite a few campers there, some tourists had ...

Really nice scenic spot, Went there with caravan and two children, were quite a few campers there, some tourists had to much to drink by 4pm in the afternoon, and it was obvious it was going to be party central as speakers were set up outside of their camper vans and no doubt they were going to settle in for the night. Decided not to stay and moved on. I guess I may have struck it on a bad night, may not be always like that, but you know first impressions!!!!!!!!!

Reviewed 13 May 2013

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Molly Ladd

United States

Ranking: 9/10

A wonderful FREE campground right near huka Falls within walking distance of the town, the falls and even a hot water...

A wonderful FREE campground right near huka Falls within walking distance of the town, the falls and even a hot waterfall off of Spa Road! The only downside were 1. no fires, and 2. the toilets were not maintained.

Reviewed 12 months ago and experienced in March 2013

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Cloarec Guillaume

France

Ranking: 8/10

Freedom camping - there should be more like these.

Freedom camping - there should be more like these.

Reviewed 12 months ago and experienced in March 2013

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Maja Bogdanowicz

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Next to the Huka Falls, made a walk to some hot pools, nice people on the Reids Farm - just the toilet was not really...

Next to the Huka Falls, made a walk to some hot pools, nice people on the Reids Farm - just the toilet was not really nice. :-)

Reviewed 12 months ago and experienced in February 2013

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Rouquette

France

Ranking: 9/10

Very good place.

Very good place.

Reviewed 12 months ago and experienced in February 2013

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Joshua Perry

United States

Ranking: 8/10

Nice campground just north of Taupo town. Right alongside a beautiful river. Lots of things close by. Huka falls, hot...

Nice campground just north of Taupo town. Right alongside a beautiful river. Lots of things close by. Huka falls, hot waterfall, walking trails and town.

Reviewed 24 April 2013

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Courtney Quintrell

United States

Ranking: 7/10

Beautiful location, very lovely and peaceful when it is not packed with other freedom campers.

Beautiful location, very lovely and peaceful when it is not packed with other freedom campers.

Reviewed about 1 year ago and experienced in February 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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Ken Jones

United States

Ranking: 10/10

Free camping on the river. Can be a little crowded and kind of a party scene, but easy enough to camp in your own nook.

Free camping on the river. Can be a little crowded and kind of a party scene, but easy enough to camp in your own nook.

Reviewed about 1 year ago and experienced in February 2013

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Missy and Chaz

United States

Ranking: 8/10

FREE, FREE, FREE!! Nice grassy area beside a lovely river. Only downfall are the portoloos which smell awful!

FREE, FREE, FREE!! Nice grassy area beside a lovely river. Only downfall are the portoloos which smell awful!

Reviewed about 1 year ago and experienced in February 2013

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Jacob Bernhardt

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Taupo, outside the city at the river. Lovely, nice place!!

Taupo, outside the city at the river. Lovely, nice place!!

Reviewed 22 April 2013