Moanaroa Reserve

Moanaroa Reserve

Lake Karapiro - Overnight Campervan Parking


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Waipa District Council

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North IslandWaikatoCambridge


  • Freedom Camping
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Laura's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Lovely place to stay. Stunning views. Note: dogs are allowed. Must be on a lead

Reviewed 3 months ago

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Max maxwell

Ranking: 6/10

It's a lovely spot by the river, however the dealbreaker for us was that there is place to swim. The whole setup was for boats and water skiing, snd there were plenty of those. As other reviews have mentioned, there is also road noise. We didn't stay - moved on to Horahora reserve where there is allocated swimming area

Reviewed 6 months ago

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Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful spot, nice and quiet, heaps of space, reasonably tidy toilets.

Reviewed about 1 year ago

Hayley's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Great spot for freedom camping. Public toilets were open. No drinking water or dump station.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Shane Howe

Ranking: 8/10

Great spot is a little close to the motorway but as most newer motor homes are so well insulated isn't a major issues and fairley quiet at night, a great short stop over location
Toilets Clean and Flushable
Heaps of Space available
No shops close by
No walks close by

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

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Suzanne J

Ranking: 10/10

Great place, highly recommend for a night or two. Some hwy noise but this is more than compensated by tranquility of the river. Plenty of room for a dozen or more vans and motorhomes. Toilets open all night. We would definitely go back. Weekends could have waterskiers as there is a boat ramp on the rivers edge.

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

Bakers's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Great place. As described. Beautiful outlook and toilets dated but neat and functional. Still can't believe you can camp for free here. Can hear road noise but not a problem.

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

Chris's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Beautiful, well kept camping spot with clean toilets. Very basic.
The views are great. However it is right next to the motorway. Worth it though.

Reviewed about 3 years ago

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Leonardo's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Absolutely free. Excelent spot with a great view of the lake. Park under the trees and enjoy the view. Toilet clean and very close, no light. Noise from the near road not so bad. No problems with insects for us. Super recommended

Reviewed over 3 years ago

Jeanne's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

+ nice scenery
+ toilets right next to it, pretty clean
+ lots of space
- right next to the road, but the noise didn’t disturb our sleep

Good place to stay for a night.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

Chelsea's avatar


Ranking: 7/10

We spent a night here to be close to Hobbiton the next morning. Very muddy as it had been raining, toilets were clean, couldn’t find fresh water. If it raining don’t park under the trees, the drip of them on the camper is unbearable! Haha

Reviewed almost 4 years ago

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Margaret Q

Ranking: 9/10

Beautiful view of the river. Great spaces for our motorhome.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Jenna Atkinson

Ranking: 7/10

Great free spot with lots of room. Beautiful vista, but very noisy. Thought it would be quieter later into the evening, but noise levels remained steady.

Reviewed over 5 years ago