Tihoi Tavern

Tihoi Tavern

Overnight Campervan Parking


Dee's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Definitely a must stop. Such a chill vibe. Nice vegetarian burger and a jug of beer to finish a Friday night. 100% going back when I'm in that area again.

Reviewed 4 months ago

Lance's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

This place has been under management for he past 18 months so disregard the 2/10 review. The place is very tidy, the staff are very friendly and love a good chat and the hunting and chainsaw memorabilia is part of the towns history. Food is great! It is a tavern so expect tavern/pub food. Well priced for the size of the meals. This kind of experience is what I would expect from a tavern off the beaten path and it was a bonus to ge to camp beside it for free.

Reviewed 7 months ago

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Bill Bartleet

Ranking: 8/10

Arrived 2pm found a nice grassy spot set up, Debbie turned up later to open the pub, very welcolming no problem, had a pleasant evening and country pub steak and eggs dinner, key for the toilet clean and modern, definately stay next time, back country taupo hospitality, thanks Debbie

Reviewed 8 months ago

Cody's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Owner/staff at the tavern were very friendly and welcoming. Bathrooms clean and open 24/7, no showers. We had a couple of pints and some wedges while we stayed, signage said participation not required but it felt god to support the family. The camping is in a grassy area next door, clean and quite, woke up to birds signing that was amazing. The area is overly al rural and quite we would stay here again. Also nice to stay in a freedom camping spot that's not just a parking lot for a downtown.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

Chantelle's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful spot to camp. No reception but it was good to have a night away from the screen. Staff at the tavern are very friendly. Food is great value for money and beers too! Toilets were clean and well maintained.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

Kenny's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Awesome place for camping, the owner is very kind. The spot has green grass. The toilet is tidy and clean.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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Ami's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Very quiet and nice place if you don't want to stay at Taupo lake area. Very kind owner at the tavern.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

Soph's avatar


Ranking: 2/10

Owner seemed friendly enough, you park up in the grassy car park next to the tavern, toilet looks modern but doesn’t look to have been cleaned in a long while, food available is standard pub grub, no network signal.
To set the scene: there’s lots of (presumably ornamental) chain saws, machetes etc on display on the ceiling of the pub with boar heads etc on the walls and photos of dead animals/‘hunting kills’.
We’d had dinner and gone to bed when we were woken up by 2 sets of knocking on the side of our camper van at 1am.
Very freaky experience in the middle of the night in the middle of nowhere and safe to say we’re now put off staying in any more free camp sites.

Reviewed about 2 years ago

Charlotte's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Nice place to stop about 30 mins out of Taupo. We arrived about 8pm, went and had a beer in the bar, locals were all very friendly and welcoming. Sat and watched the super rugby final with them!
Toilets were modern and clean.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

Jordina's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Easy to find, we went in March and there was heaps of room. Toilets are attached to the pub and very clean. No bins or showers though. Great place to stop on the way to Taupo, only 30mins. Had no reception though.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

Nik's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Nice level patch of grass for parking/camping. Tavern and pub for food and drinks. 24h toilets. Thumbs up!

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

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Trudy Worboys


Ranking: 10/10

Brilliant spot. Amazing food and clean toilet. No shower but worth the nights stop. Friendly locals and staff. Not many campers on the 20th Jan. Will be back for sure. Thanks for having this spot a freecamp spot.

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

Adeya's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

We had a really lovely time at the Tihoi Tavern, the couple who run the place, Tony and Maria are lovely and there is a frew pool table! All the locals were really nice as well. I highly recommend it as a place to stop, they'll really make you feel at home!

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

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Chloe's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

So great of the tavern to let you can't on their property! Food and beer was great, and toilets we're really clean. Staff were friendly and thoughtful.

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

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Andrew Attree

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Free camping next to the Tavern good food ,good price ,good portions , beer 5$ a pint nice friendly atmosphere camp for but buy a beer or a meal well worth a stay toilets but no showers

Reviewed about 3 years ago

C J B's avatar


New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Free, with 24h toilets. No WIFI
Easy drive to Taupo, closest and only spot in winter for non-self contained.
Essentially a grass pitch beside tavern, included takeway and basic needs.
Make sure to support the team, or thank them for making this spot available.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

Dory's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

June 2018: A true blessing since Desert Road was closed and was detoured northwest of Lake Taupo. It was raining and made for a longer night. Not much petrol options until reached Taupo as many of the towns shutdown after dinner. Speaking of dinner, the campsite welcomes all and requests a meal is enjoyed in their tavern in return. The tavern is not open on Mondays, but still welcomed to camp. Bathrooms were nice on the left side and open 24 hours.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Jye Hurrell

Ranking: 8/10

Unfortunately, we were unable to actually stay here due to car issues, but after arriving, and being stranded here for roughly 3 hours, the owners as well as locals were incredible. Offering information about where we should go next, must do's in NZ, as well as treating us to some smoked fish with the locals with no charge. Amazing people and very helpful, toilet facilities were well maintained, no complaints had we have been able to stay here.

Reviewed about 4 years ago

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Mark Haydon


Ranking: 7/10

Popular roadside tavern, with a small, level, free camping area to one side. Public flush toilets are nicely tiled and look fairly new, along with the general building, but could benefit from a good clean. Good food in the bar.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Sid Chakrabarti

Ranking: 8/10

A great stop. The owners of the tavern are friendly and helpful. The camper parking area is private with nice views, and there is a clean toilet open 24 hours.

Reviewed almost 5 years ago