Lake Whakamaru Reserve

Lake Whakamaru Reserve

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11 Rankers Reviews

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6 Tokoroa

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Camp underneath pine trees, by the lake.
View over the lake

Information

Descend down through pine forest to the recreation area. A grassy area with lots of space, on the banks of the Waikato River.

Have you seen 'The Castle'? "How's the serenity" applies here. And Bennydale (or is that Bonnydoon....), is just down the road.

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:

Whakamaru Reserve - Monday, Wednesday, 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 :https://my.southwaikato.govt.nz/do-it-online/events-bookings/CampingPermit?ed-step=1

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Organisation

South Waikato District Council

Local government organisation

Location

North IslandWaikatoTokoroa

Categories

  • Basic Camping
  • Free

Operating Season And Hours

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:
Whakamaru Reserve - Monday, Wednesday, 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: https://my.southwaikato.govt.nz/do-it-online/events-bookings/CampingPermit?ed-step=1

Reviews

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Wendi's avatar

Wendi

Ranking: 10/10

Me and another mum and in total 7 kids had amazing time last year end middle of January. Swimming was great. There were many others there and made for a wonderful week away will definitely be going back .

Reviewed almost 4 years ago and experienced in January 2017

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Terrah2o

Ranking: 10/10

I stayed here on a Friday night in April and loved it! It is FREE if you stay for only 1 or 2 nights. There is a pit toilet and a bin for rubbish. There were a handful of campers near the front part and even fewer on the loop further back. I camped right near the water under the trees and slept well! The other groups were quiet and I didn't experience any of the noise others reported.

Reviewed about 4 years ago

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Tyler Ram

Ranking: 10/10

Top notch free camping in the North Island. Beautiful view, well kept campground, and plenty of space.

Reviewed about 4 years ago

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Anne Newland

New Zealand

Ranking: 4/10

Lovely spot. Shame about all the rowdy locals who think they have a right to stay up drinking and playing music loudly. Then they leave all their empty bottle every where. Then there is the loud jet boats going all day and no decent place to swim that isn't full of weed and dirty churned up water.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Daniel Needham

Ranking: 9/10

Slept just across the river on a Thursday night at the free camping at the ski club. Just wanted to note that there was no partying. I'm guessing it's much better in the off season. Beautiful spot.

Reviewed about 5 years ago

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Sarah Cook

New Zealand

Ranking: 1/10

Beautiful and idyllic during the day but turned into pits of despair at night. Party central, loud music, police in attendance, cars vandalised, people assaulted, multiple arrests and partying dawn to dusk. We were with family groups, council did not send help for open fires durin fire ban or respond to multiple requests for help with noise control. A real shame as it could have been great.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in January 2016

Lake Whakamaru Reserve responds:

I'm sorry you didn't have a good experience at Whakamaru. We did have one fire let over the 2016/17 Xmas Period. Police, rural fire and fire were in attendance and the fire was put out.

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Mark

New Zealand

Ranking: 1/10

Agree with the other reviews. We recently camped at the eastern end, and the site looks spectacular, great for swimming, kayaking, boating, and connects to the mountain bike trail. Relaxing place to be, during the day, only!. At night it turns into a fools 'party spot' that carries on to about 3-4 am, every night. During that time: we heard a series of explosions (gas tanks that were being tossed into one of many open fires, fireworks, and gunfire); open fires and the smell from burning rubber and plastic; and non-stop verbal exchanges, fighting, shouting and screaming. We thought that perhaps this was just a one-off event, but occurred every night. These individuals have complete disrespect for any others including us. Unfortunate considering the spectacular nature of this spot. Don't take your family camping here, A total disgrace.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Bryant Faaola

New Zealand

Ranking: 7/10

Plenty of spots, clean toilets and lake for a swim.

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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Thomas and Sonja

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Plenty of space along the lake for free. Clean pit toilets.

Reviewed about 7 years ago and experienced in December 2014

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Cody Gilbert

Ranking: 10/10

Amazing spot, views are incredible - really breath taking, morning and night. Nice short and long walks, town only 2 kms away (max) if you want to go out for dinner or Mangakino about 5km for more dinner choices! Facilities are nice (only toilets). A lot of space to pick from, can be busy during holidays but never crammed :) Feels like your in another country not the South Waikato and some very stunning views on the drive in from Tokoroa!

Reviewed about 7 years ago

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Nigel Shaw

New Zealand

Ranking: 8/10

A great campsite on the shores of Lake Whakamaru, very senic spot. Long drop toilets which are relatively new, no showers or running water but plenty in the lake. Very popular in summer time for water sports, and the camp ground is busy over the Christmas / New Year holiday period

Reviewed about 9 years ago