Jones Landing

Jones Landing


8 Rankers Reviews

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1 Putaruru


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Small reserve along the Waikato river with boat access, playground and public toilet

Self Contained Vehicles: 2 nights stay - no permit required. More than 2 nights, please apply for a permit.

Casual campers (tents and non-CSC vehicles) require a permit at all times. Casual camping allowed.

Facilities: Toilets, picnic tables. Activities: Swimming, Fishing

One permit is required for each vehicle at a camp site (maximum of six people can be covered by a permit).

Campers are encourage to bring sufficient rubbish bags to suit their length of stay. From mid-December to mid-February rubbish bags will be collected from the authorised dumping point at each of the reserves on the following days:

Jones Landing - Monday, Friday

Permits can be obtained from the Council offices in Putāruru and Tokoroa*. Or the i-SITEs in Tokoroa and Tīrau or Pride in Putāruru office in Putāruru, or by applying online:


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South Waikato District Council

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North IslandWaikatoPutaruru


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Bill McMurray.'s avatar

Bill McMurray.

Ranking: 10/10

There is a locked gate across this place because it is temporarily closed, while contractors lay new pipes for water and sewerage.
The south Waikato District Council are hopeful that they will be able to reopen it very soon.

Reviewed about 1 year ago

Graham's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

great spot with a family of ducks , rooster and even a goose who seems to be the boss
there is even a hot shower that is free but only seemed to work at night , not sure why
well done to the local council , great to see facilities like this that encourage camping lifestyle

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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Hayley's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Great place, awesome spot for a dip. However, I lost one if my Birkenstock sandals there. Has anyone seen my beloved shoe. My number is+64274533883.
Thanks from Hayley

Reviewed over 2 years ago

Kathrina Handschuh's avatar

Kathrina Handschuh

Ranking: 9/10

Beautiful campsite by the river, nice views. No water, clean toilets. Easy to find, lots of space.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Haley Everitt

Ranking: 2/10

Strangers arrived at 4am. Did not feel safe. Would not recommend!

Reviewed about 5 years ago

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Denise Farr's avatar

Denise Farr

Ranking: 10/10

Good sized camping area by the river. Children were having fun jumping off the jetty and swimming in the river. There is a great walking track from here over to Arapuni Dam, 2-3 hours return. There have always been other campers here the few times we've stayed.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago

Axel Merz's avatar

Axel Merz

Ranking: 3/10

Pros: nice view, toilets and wooden tables available; Cons: toilets were in a miserable state. Never again!

Reviewed over 6 years ago

Frederick Church's avatar

Frederick Church

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Ranking: 9/10

Jones Landing is a quiet place, with a beautiful outlook over Lake Arapuni and on the other side is Bulmers Landing.
The day I was there the weather started out beautiful, the southerly that kicked up in the afternoon was quite cool. I launched my Minicat successfully and had a lovely sail.
The gates are locked in the evening and you must be self contained to stay overnight. They come down and check before locking you in for the night and there is no length of stay restrictions on that side of the lake.
The beach looked safe for swimming and children though there was a bit of weed further out.
There is a nice clean toilet block and large rubbish bins.
A lovely quiet night by myself.
Due to the lack of rain in the area for some months it was pretty dry and dusty especially with the wind but well worth the visit.
There are some walks and bike tracks nearby as well, but didn't get to try them out, will save them for next time.
Overall a beautiful place to stay.

Reviewed about 8 years ago