Reids Farm Free Campsite - Taupo - New Zealand Travel Reviews (82% from 154 reviews) - Free camping is permitted on this recreation reserve. Maximum length of stay up to 7 nights in any consecutive 14 night p… (Page 3)

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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, 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.

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Taupo Address:
5km north of Taupo Township

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149 reviews with the most recent first, showing page 3 of 12.

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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 11 months 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 about 1 year 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 about 1 year ago and experienced in February 2014

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Philipp Kluseuer

Germany

Ranking: 7/10

A free campground where we can meet many people, but the toilets are terrible.

Reviewed about 1 year ago and experienced in February 2014

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Florian Littmann

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Unpaid and beautiful. River to swim and wash in.

Reviewed about 1 year ago and experienced in January 2014

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Lukas

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Perfect free campground right on a river. Very green and nice looking area. Only the toilets were quite smelly.

Reviewed about 1 year ago and experienced in February 2014

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Immo Kern

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Free, big campground next to a river, many people and a lot of days you are allowed to stay.

Reviewed about 1 year ago and experienced in February 2014

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Max Meternich

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Very good free camp!

Reviewed about 1 year ago and experienced in February 2014

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Marvin Koever

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Freedom campsite at a riverside - beautiful.

Reviewed about 1 year ago and experienced in February 2014

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Isabelle Haberberger

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

For free (for not self contained vehicles too), next to the Huka Falls and a nice river!

Reviewed about 1 year ago and experienced in February 2014

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Ann Winter

Germany

Ranking: 6/10

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.

Reviewed about 1 year ago and experienced in February 2014

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Matthew Trezise

Australia

Ranking: 6/10

Very nice river. Campsite easy to find. Get there early!

Reviewed about 1 year ago and experienced in February 2014

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Jessie Sabine

New Zealand

Ranking: 6/10

Nice location next to the river, easy to find. Long drop again was in a bad way.

Reviewed about 1 year ago and experienced in February 2014