3 Rankers Reviews
323 Freedom Camping
The Kawerau District council has made itself a campervan friendly zone and has set aside 4 spaces in Prideaux Park for self-contained campers. Maximum 7 night stay.
Visit the local i-Site and pay a $25 refundable bond to use the power sites. Other riverside freedom camping spots exist in Kawerau, though you need to check with the i-Site staff to confirm which these are before parking up.
There are some hot pools nearby too.... Ask a local!
North Island ▷ Rotorua Region ▷ Kawerau
The Prideaux Park site also has power access and a dump station facility. A key for the power can be picked up from the Kawerau Information Centre for a $25.00 bond, which is returned once the key is returned.
Except the lawn bowls toilets are locked, there are 2 power sockets against the wall of the single storey building which you have to obtain the key and pay the deposit from the Information Centre just across the street. There is a dump station for the same. If you happened to pass Kawerau, this site is actually not bad.
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Unlike the previous reviewer we didn't have problems. It was right near the drinkable water and dump station (locked- key from Isite office opposite). We tucked ourselves in behind the park building and we couldn't be seen from the road. Nice walk and stream nearby and of course the free pools are 5 mins walk away. The laundrette in town is one of the cleanest I have ever seen. Isite office is open long hours and staff are very helpful.
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I know, I know it's free. But, horribly exposed location in the centre of the town. Two drunk locals actually woke us up at 3:00 am asking for a cigarette. Since they would not leave, they forced us to relocate to Firmin Field (another free site, which I googled. It is not listed on rankers, but looked much safer, altough the toilets were out of order.