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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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Florian Littmann

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Unpaid and beautiful. River to swim and wash in.

Unpaid and beautiful. River to swim and wash in.

Reviewed 9 months 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.

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

Reviewed 9 months 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.

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

Reviewed 9 months ago and experienced in February 2014

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Max Meternich

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Very good free camp!

Very good free camp!

Reviewed 10 months ago and experienced in February 2014

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Marvin Koever

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Freedom campsite at a riverside - beautiful.

Freedom campsite at a riverside - beautiful.

Reviewed 10 months 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!

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

Reviewed 10 months 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, becau...

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 10 months 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!

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

Reviewed 10 months 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.

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

Reviewed 10 months ago and experienced in February 2014

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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 10 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 10 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 10 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 10 months ago and experienced in March 2014