Little Waipa Reserve

Little Waipa Reserve

Lake Karapiro

Reviews

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Rod Brown

Ranking: 10/10

Amazing the new facilities at this camp now has showers (Cold but refreshing) and BBqs The facilities were as usual spotlessly clean. Lawns mowed and now showing signs of the hot weather. It has to be my favourite camp site on the Waikato river.

Reviewed 7 months ago

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John Plane

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful spot. 20+ MHs plus caravans & tents but tons of space. Very peaceful even though a lot of people there. No cellphone cover but is that a bad that’s not a bad thing.

Reviewed 10 months ago

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Roland Hänni

Ranking: 8/10

Lovely place at riverside and pretty well equipped (toilets and BBQ).
Will soon get showers and a 2nd BBQ.
Easy and fast application for free permit via website

Reviewed 10 months ago

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Alyson Reid

Ranking: 7/10

Cute little spot next to the river. Very peaceful and quiet. Two long drop toilets. Watch out for sandflies.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Haley Everitt

Ranking: 3/10

Beautiful location but didn't end up staying the night because of other park guests. Did not feel safe.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Helen Quirk

Ranking: 9/10

Amazing location and family friendly. We spent two nights over Waitangi Weekend and it was amazingly relaxing. For those into mountain biking the trails around are fantastic including a crazy long boardwalk area. Bring toilet paper!!
Only downside is no water but other than that was a sensational spot.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Maaike Goudriaan

Netherlands

Ranking: 10/10

Spaceous campground. Stayed here in January, I guess there were about 30 vans and cars around but it didn't really feel crowded. Longdrops are very clean and no need to take your waste with you. Very close to Hobbiton!
Superfriendly Dutch (Frysian) campwarden lives at the end of the road, came by to say hi to all campers when I was there. Since I was travelling alone he told me that I could always come see them if I needed any help, that made me feel really safe.
Nice views on the lake, easy to find. One of the best free campgrounds I encountered in NZ.

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

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Mark

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

We stayed two wonderful nights in out family tent on the water-front. Quiet all night - expect for the birds and fish jumping [fantastic]. We had a great time kayaking and walking the river trail., No trouble launching kayaks in the water by the ramp at the north end of the camp. We are experienced, so have wheels for the kayak because you never know how far you have to launch from the car, but if you don't you could always drive your kayak up to the ramp. Happy to have the Warden there, so rules are obeyed and there is no issues to deal with. Camping by permit although a few days you can stay without before you require this. Other guys with boats, but just for fishing etc, because there is a strict 5 knot speed limit. Little bit of water weed around the banks but a few areas you can swim near the boat ramp. Didn't see any free roaming dogs, except for some self contained pets that were well managed, self contained, and not an issue for anybody. Couldn't find any fault with this site. Remember to pack enough water for the duration of your stay.

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

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Alison Males

Ranking: 4/10

First night in New Zealand, excited about free camp site as per Camping NZ App. On arrival told by camp "warden" can't tent camp in certain spot in shade as reserved for camper vans. So not "first in first served" unless you have a van. Not sure why vans get shade priority. Also says pet free camp site but many regular camper van owners with yapping dogs. Difficult to access water as camper vans parked alway along the water front. Wouldn't recommend it if your tenting, very unfriendly. Great if your in a van looking for doggy friendly camping.

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

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Michelle Smit

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

Lovely large grassy, treed area right on the river. Was very wet when we were there, but ground was still firm enough to take 2 motorhomes without bogging or digging up the grass. Long drop toilets were very clean. Signs indicate that a permit is needed to camp there, but we arrived late in the afternoon and didn't have a permit. No one approached us for the required info.
Very nice spot.

Reviewed about 3 years ago

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Lauren Smith

Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful spot and really easy to find, just watch out as the sign on the main road is close to the turn off so it's easy to miss. Loads of space and really peaceful.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Denise Farr

Ranking: 10/10

A large campground right on the Waikato River Trail. We stayed in this lovely treed spot on the river's edge for two nights while we cycled to the north and south on the bike trail. There were several other campers when we stayed in April.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Wiola and Nico

Ranking: 1/10

We were the only campervan on the site. After 1 hour two cars came, driving very fast around the campsite and left. It looked a bit suspicious but we didn't pay much attention. However, 1 hour later, a red "sport car" (old model - tried to read the registration but was too fast) came and drifted around in the campsite, getting dangerously close to our van, they did that during 10 minutes and at the end they stopped next to us, shouted something, and drove off very fast. Horror.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Trent Davis

Ranking: 9/10

We stayed only one night best wished we could have stayed longer. There is a nice gravel running/biking trail that goes a very good distance. The toilet was well maintained but there is no running water on the site so bring your own.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Fernando Silva

Ranking: 9/10

Very beautiful and safe place. Clean toilets, I recommend this camping site.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Bryant Faaola

New Zealand

Ranking: 7/10

What you would expect for a free site. Went there and spent a night and it was pissing down so didn't really do or see a lot. Long drop toilets were clean though.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Tony Maroulis

Ranking: 10/10

Great place. Stayed in February (peak season) and there was plenty of space. Basic toilet facilities but very clean, right on the water.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Vernesa Smolcic

Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful place.

Reviewed almost 4 years ago

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Miaomace

Ranking: 10/10

Nice place, beautiful lake, not many peoples and cleanest long drop toilets ever :)

Reviewed almost 4 years ago

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Victoria

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Quiet and beautiful place. On the day we arrived there were around 8-9 motorhomes, 4 tents (including us) and 5 regular cars. And still there was a lot of free space between us. Definitely we'll return here again :)

Reviewed almost 4 years ago

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Miguel

Spain

Ranking: 9/10

Basic campground near a nice lake, plenty of space to place your tent/car. There are only a few toilets, but in good condition. It's quite close to Matamata-Hobbiton (in fact I think it's the closest free tent campground to it). It's completely FREE

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Ines

Portugal

Ranking: 7/10

Free camping! There is only two toilets, longdrops but they are clean. Lots of space and nearby nice walks! Cost 0 $ p.p. for unpowered site.(January 2015)

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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arnaud paquet

Belgium

Ranking: 10/10

Basic campground with just toilets but lots of space, next to the lake and very quiet location, close to Hobbiton (30min drive).

And best of all, it's free :)

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in October 2013

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John Treasure

United Kingdom

Ranking: 6/10

A little hard to find (we arrived after dark) but I'm sure during the day it would be fine. Nice views, toilets were okay but no toilet paper.

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Jordan and Marielle

Netherlands

Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful place at the river with enough space and some trees for shade. Quiet, clean spot for free and with 2 toilets. Nice to see some boats passing by. On the entry there is a still a sign on which is mentioned that you need a permit by the council, but we also didn't have it nor needed it. There is a friendly lake warden on the end of the camping site and a boat ramp. You can swim in the river. Be aware that the temperature of the water on the left side is 6 degrees higher than on the right side :)

Reviewed almost 6 years ago

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Rosa Fossi

United States

Ranking: 10/10

What a fantastic little "off the beaten track" location. We visited early spring (September 2013) and had the place to ourselves. This is a free campsite with just one small building with two drop toilets (which were clean). Nice access to lake and very calm and quiet. A+

Reviewed about 6 years ago

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Memain

France

Ranking: 7/10

Nice place, quiet, public toilet but no water supply.

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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Konza

France

Ranking: 6/10

Good location, really quiet, too bad there is no water supply.

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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Clive

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Spacious local council site beside lake. Some nice shade trees and pleasant views. Basic but clean facilities.

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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hoppy

New Zealand

Ranking: 9/10

Fantastic place right by the river. Great cycle/walkway up to Arapuni which I have ridden many times. All round a great place to stay.

Reviewed almost 7 years ago

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Andrew K

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Worth bypassing the other nearby free sites that are closer to the mainroad for this one, which is much quieter and even more scenic right on the lakeside. Best long-drop toilets I've seen, and a friendly camp/fishing warden who'll swing by to check you're ok. The sign says you need a permit to camp from the council, but we stayed one night and never had a problem.

Reviewed almost 7 years ago