Kaiate Falls Scenic Reserve

Kaiate Falls Scenic Reserve

Overnight Campervan Parking


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Self-contained freedom campers can stay at Kaiate Falls Scenic Reserve for up to three nights

Campervans, motorhomes and RVs with self-containment certification can freedom camp here for up to three nights.

The Kaiate Falls Scenic Reserve is home to Te Rerekawau (Kaiate) Falls, a series of pretty cascades and waterfalls through a bush filled ravine. Good picnic areas, swimming holes and short walks feature at the reserve also.

Please respect the environment around you, leave your campsite tidy and pack your rubbish away when you leave.

There is a 3 night maximum stay in any 4 week consecutive period at this site. The 4 consecutive weeks begin from the first overnight stay.

According to reviews this place is an undiscovered gem - happy exploring!


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Western Bay of Plenty District Council

Local government organisation


North IslandBay of PlentyTauranga


  • Freedom Camping
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Leticia Pinheiro's avatar

Leticia Pinheiro


Ranking: 7/10

We sleep there last night. The toilet it is a small toilet no sink. Has 12 spaces for parking, and last night we were in around 6 cars. Really quiet spot. The falls are around 15 min walking from the car park. 30 min return. We did not make to the pools because was too late.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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David Hart

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Campsite itself just a car park with one toilet. A few visitors coming and going but overnight we were the only people staying so very quiet and private. Falls are beautiful and a lovely walk. Great site slightly off the beaten track. Bit of a steep drive uphill and nothing nearby in terms of shops or amenities so prepare!

Reviewed over 3 years ago

Renee's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

The falls are amazing and the bush walk around is really nice. Very quite place great to escape the bustle and busyness of the city. One long drop which is a plus. Were only 3 other tourists camping in their vans when we were there and plenty of parks. Only about 30 mins drive from Tauranga would definitely recommend going there. Can go for swims if you don't read the signs.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Jonas Willmer

Ranking: 8/10

Nice and quiet place with basic toilet but no showers. This isn't a problem though since it's a 3 minute walk to the first water fall. Some locals came up to take a swim and played some music at the camp site but they were harmless and soon left.

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Robert Hanbidge

Ranking: 10/10

We were there in September and the only van parked there. A fantastic place to park although there were a few animal noises in the night. There is a very small drop dunny that wasn't very clean but that is why you have a self contained van.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago

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Matias Santos


Ranking: 7/10

The pools were awesome on a hot day.

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in February 2016

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Britt Howes

Ranking: 9/10

We loved this spot. It was a beautiful walk and the waterfalls were gorgeous. There's an outhouse toilet and just a parking lot. Worth the wander up the hill!

Reviewed almost 7 years ago

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Justin globalgauthiers.blogspot.com


Ranking: 10/10

Free. Quite a drive off the highway around winding gravel roads, though not too bad. Incredibly worth it. Extremely secluded (only van there in April) with beautiful walk down to waterfall basin for swimming and cliff jumping. Several smaller falls on the way down. Well-used longdrop toilet and nothing else, it's just a small parking lot. One of our favourite spots in a month of camping due to beautiful falls, swimming opportunity, and seclusion. Stayed without any SC cert.

Reviewed about 8 years ago

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Paul Wood

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

We had a great family time here. Freedom camping with only facilities being long drop toilet and a rubbish bin.
Had the site to ourselves overnight with hard standing car park with about 12 car sized spaces.
Highlight was the walk down to the falls and swimming pools at the bottom for the brave and rope swing high jump into the water for the really brave.
Be warned many steps back up to the parking gained the path the name heart attack hill on the way back but not a problem for the youngsters.

Reviewed over 8 years ago