Te Kauwhata Domain

Te Kauwhata Domain

Overnight Campervan Parking


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Roque's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Great spot before Auckland, toilet are very clean and have a sink for dishwashing, during the morning a friendly employee from council did a survey to keep supporting the campsite

Reviewed 8 months ago

Aj's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Great free camping spot

Stayed here on a Saturday night late November 2020, arrived at around 10.45PM and only two other campers so lots of parking space. ( Park diagonally facing tpwards rugby pitch) also area for tents.

Toilets nice and clean and it has and outdoor tap / sink for washing dishes, lots of green areas to set up picnics, tents etc. Lots of bins provided and parking spaces for campers and rugby and squash club. Remember to donate your $5 as this is funded by donations and locals.

Forsquare is a 10 minute walk away and is open till 8pm, also in the village several nights of the week is a Thai food van which has great food. There is also a pool located locally that you can pay to use.


Reviewed 10 months ago

Shannon's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Police did a check of the area which made it feel safe. toilets and a sink for washing up. Donation of $5. Nice and peaceful

Reviewed 12 months ago

Karen's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Excellent facilities. Much appreciated. Nice quiet spot.

Reviewed about 1 year ago

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Stefan Hohmann


Ranking: 10/10

Many thanks to the county for this great place. Water and dumping facilities are available, also a big area for tents. Very silent during the night, we felt safe because of a light all night long (not disturbing us to sleep). Of course we gave a donation of $5.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

Merche's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Thank you to Waikato District Council and the neighborhood for this place.
It is a great place for a non selfcontainer cars and tents with this great grass and clean WC also quiet at night if people are ok.
There is a donation of 5 dollars which helps to maintain this place.
We need more places like this everywhere,so if you are staying please donate 5 dollars to contribute to keep this place

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Silly American

Ranking: 10/10

Great last campground of the trip as there was potable water and a dump site right there. Large, clean bathrooms and an outside sink for washing dishes. It was pretty packed my night so it was evident where to park, but it’s pretty much up against the side of the parking lot with the stands for the rugby pitch behind you. A few tents set up on the opposite end of the campers. Some other reviews talk about power hook-ups, they might be referencing running an electric cord to the electrical boxes at the base of the light poles, but I wouldn’t be comfortable doing that. $5 donation asked for and was a perfect place to dump all my New Zealand coins at the end of the trip.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

Christina's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Stayed here on Saturday night and lost a pair of green/brown trail running shoes. If you find them please call me. 0225447424
The site is nice enough, very clean toilets.
I got confirmation from the council that the water from the washing up sink tap is drinking water but the others aren’t.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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Gap year

Ranking: 10/10

Great place to stay for the night. Clean bathroom and very quiet. A lot of space for tents

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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Bartezz's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Bitumen car park next to rugby field. Lots and lots of space for campervans. Very clean toilet block with running water, toilet paper and hand dryer. Lights on at night! Trashcans available.

Not the most beautiful spot we've freecamped but a very good and accessible spot nonetheless. Kuddo's to the council and volunteers involved.

PS. Free power as mentioned below did not work 😜

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

Lisa's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

nice and quiet place with everything you need. unfortunately, some campers came very close, even if half of the parking area was still free. Please donate 5 dollars to keep it as it is

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

Jun's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

화장실과 오수처리 시설이 매우 좋다.
마을 운동장에 위치한 주차장으로 화장실과 오수처리 시설이 좋다.
시설을 유지하는 지역 사회를 위한 $5 기부를 받는다고한다. 그러나 충분한 가치가 있다고 생각한다.

동네와 가까워 마트도 걸어갈 수 있다

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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Ancient Uncle

Ranking: 10/10

Excellent site. Very quiet. Only a few minutes walk to shops and four square supermarket. Water available, dump station, toilets (ok we preferred to use own in campervan, but ok if you need them) Floodlit most of the night. All this for free, just give a donation of 5NZD. We had spent the previous night at a Top 10 park, which was expensive and we preferred this.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

Marty's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

A nice place of the main highway to stay. 6 Van's present tonight. Toilets available which are very lit up. Very happy😁👍

Reviewed about 2 years ago

Johannes's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Good location for free camping. Toilets were okay. Good enough for 1 night stay. Calm.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Trudy Worboys


Ranking: 10/10

We turned up l0pm a few spots available. Nice and clean and quiet although we were up early so hopefully we were quiet enough. Perfect place for a sleep.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Georgia Trompf

Ranking: 9/10

This was the first free campsite we stayed in and we were so happy with it! The toilets are clean, there is a washing up station and the site isn’t too cramped. Overall a great place to spend the night! Also it’s in a perfect location if you’re travelling along the west coast from Auckland -> South as it’s 3 minutes off the motorway.

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

Liv's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Really great place to stay overnight, toilets really clean and somewhere to wash up. Lots of spaces too! Just have to put your donation in so really good value :D

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

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The Flip Flop Family

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

The best Freedom Camping site as there was power! Only required a donation of $5 per site. Clean toilets, washing up space and power. An absolute bargain. The only free site we have come across with power in north and south island. If you want to see what it looks like, you can watch our video review on youtube, just search the camp site name and 'The Flip Flop Family'
Happy Camping from The Flip Flop Family

Reviewed about 3 years ago

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Ranking: 9/10

+ loads of spaces (we were about 30 and it wasn't even half full)
+ lots of garbage bins
+ clean bathrooms
+ drinkable water
+ easy access

- not a lot of privacy since it's a parking lot (we didn't mind it, people were respectful)
- no showers

* It's located up the hill, if you get there and it's dark, it isn't in from of the first empty field you are going to find, it is up the hill to the right.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

Fivetogether's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Great large car park with clean toilets a dog park and nice town within walking distance. Large vehicle access, dump station and playground for kids in town. Donation box at entrance so worth putting a few dollars in if you can to support the locals who keep the place clean.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Muhammad fayadh Mad jamil


Ranking: 8/10

As per discribe and others mention, toilet is clean with sink :) there is open rugby field infront of you. Good place to crash after long trip. Wish can camping here soon beside then just sleep in our vehicle.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Flavia Confalonieri

Ranking: 7/10

The site is good, is free. The toilets at basic but very clean. No showers. A very convenient place to stay overnight

Reviewed almost 4 years ago

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Lucy Winfield

Ranking: 5/10

Winter review: We stayed here by chance as the foggy weather made it impossible to drive further. A bit hard to find but it's exactly as described- an area to park for the night with flushing toilets. Was a bit strange in the morning when we were woken by a rugby match happening outside - the locals thought it strange we were there too. Overall - good for a pit stop, but definitely not somewhere to seek out.

Reviewed about 4 years ago

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Nathan Lal

Ranking: 8/10

Nice quiet car park at a Rugby field. Very easy to find and has clean toilets. A donation box is located at the entry to the car park :)

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Lucile Gendre

Ranking: 8/10

Just a parking and a little bit of grass. But free. Easy to find. Toilets and sink really clean.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Christine Allgaier

Ranking: 10/10

Loved the site, we stayed for two nights as it's easy to find. There are clean toilets with sinks, soap and toilet paper, an outside tap with drinkable water l. It's basically just a large field of grass but spacious enough to park where you want.

Reviewed over 4 years ago