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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Beautiful, beautiful scenery, clear water, silent, nice.
Wonderful spot, close to the river of Lake Taupo, toilet, lots of space.
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.
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.
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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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.
A free campground where we can meet many people, but the toilets are terrible.
Unpaid and beautiful. River to swim and wash in.
Perfect free campground right on a river. Very green and nice looking area. Only the toilets were quite smelly.
Free, big campground next to a river, many people and a lot of days you are allowed to stay.
Very good free camp!
We love to meet travellers on the road and share in some of the freedom. That's why we invite 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.
Freedom campsite at a riverside - beautiful.
For free (for not self contained vehicles too), next to the Huka Falls and a nice river!
Near the clean Waikato River, large number of campsites, less toilets and dirty as well, but it is a good spot, because it is free and near the city.