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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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163 reviews with the most recent first, showing page 3 of 13.

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Andreas Schindler

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Great place at the river.

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Laura

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Directly on a nice river. Beautiful scenery, extremely dirty toilets, no litter.

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Dominik Schaumburg

Ranking: 9/10

Beautiful, very popular place, lots of people, amazing river.

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Daniel Jarrett

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Scenic campsite right next to the Waikato River. Facilities are basic but the river side setting makes up for it. Perfect freedom camping spot.

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Ron Clarke

Czech Republic

Ranking: 10/10

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

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Max Grabowski

Germany

Ranking: 7/10

Free, but toilets are dirty.

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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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.

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