Glenfalls Campsite

Glenfalls Campsite

Glenfalls Recreation Reserve



15 Rankers Reviews

1 Face-to-Face

182 Basic Camping

14 Napier



Glenfalls Recreation Reserve


The campsite is close to fishing, swimming, canoeing, rafting on Mohaka River.


Feature Value Info


North IslandHawkes BayNapier


  • Basic Camping
  • Free






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Sailing Family (UK)

Ranking: 10/10

Excellent overnight stop between Taupo and Napier, good road from SH5. Lots of space. Love DoC campsites. Beautiful setting by river. Good swimming. Big field for football and frisbee. Toilets clean. Lots of insects at dusk - close windows / doors! Would highly recommend.

Reviewed 5 months ago

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Ancient Uncle

Ranking: 9/10

Heading for Napier, but had a long drive so decided to look at this as a stop over. Fantastic situation by the river. Very peaceful. Just make a donation in the honesty box. Can not comment on the toilets as we used our own, but there was a warning that the water supply was from the river so would need boiling. Only a few people here. Next day we decided to turn left out of the site and continue along Waikara road. This becomes a gravel road and is a real mountain track. Took us ages to reach SH2, but was well worth the effort for the magnificent views. We also found the Kiwi Creche and spent an hour looking round there. Can certainly recommend this asa quiet, peaceful stop over.

Reviewed 8 months ago

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Karin's avatar


Ranking: 5/10

Big nice and quiet campground.
New toilets but not clean

Reviewed 9 months ago

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Ranking: 10/10

Really nice free camp near the river (carefull sandfly !!) there is two toilets in a wood caban. Really nice spot for one night on the way to Napier or Taupo !

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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E Huan Shin

Ranking: 8/10

Good site with great view, nicely located beside a river. Stayed there on Boxing Day and it was too crowded, with only one toilet available. Still, a recommended place.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Connie mcarthur

New Zealand

Ranking: 7/10

Lovely camp shame only longdrop toilets- would be great for fishing.

Reviewed about 3 years ago

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Mel Morris

New Zealand

Ranking: 6/10

Nice wide open spacious spot by river. Plenty of room for everyone. Can get noisy at weekends with large local groups turning up. A few too many dogs off lead (meant to be an on lead place) and in the water where everyone swims is the reason for a slightly lower score.

Reviewed about 3 years ago and experienced in January 2017

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litguy luvsglampin

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Glenfalls was the bestest eva, defo gonna b there again

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Gordon Lee


Ranking: 10/10

DoC camps are fantastic stops for low budget camping. This is one of the better ones we've stayed at on our 15 night drive around the North Island. Beautiful spot right on a waterway with hills either side & beautiful sunset to boot. Short 8k sealed drive in from SH 5. Basic amenities but if you want more there are other options.

Reviewed about 4 years ago

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Dave Currie

Ranking: 9/10

Excellent camping site, great swimming, also check out other DOC camping sites along Waitara Road.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Theresa Moss

Ranking: 9/10

Brilliant camping ground. Lovely family atmosphere over Christmas holidays. Very pet friendly. Lovely fresh swimming area. Good clean long drop toilets.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Brodie Webster

Ranking: 10/10

Best campground, large grassy area next to the river with a bunch of friendly cows to entertain - say hello to Craig the farmer if you see him around on his buggy - top bloke that offered heaps of advice on what not to miss whilst in New Zealand. Drop toilet doesn't smell, BYO toilet paper.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Leith Hayllar

Ranking: 9/10

Great family spot, sandy beaches next to the river to play on and safe spots to take a refreshing dip, great space to kick a ball or play Frisbee and ample toilet facilities + the odd curious cow to entertain the young ones :).

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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