WAIKATO: TAUPO

Five Mile Bay Reserve

star rating of 4.5
Freedom Camping Location Certified Self-contained Vehicles Only Toilets Available Large Vehicle Access Quiet and Peaceful Fishing Location Excellent Vodafone mobile reception Excellent Spark mobile reception
Lake front parking Five Mile Bay Reserve has a large sealed area on the lake front where self-contained motor caravanners can freedom camp.
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Kinloch Beach

star rating of 4.5
Freedom Camping Location Certified Self-contained Vehicles Only Large Vehicle Access Grocery Shopping Quiet and Peaceful Fishing Location Walking Tracks Excellent Vodafone mobile reception
No Camping sign The Lake Taupo beachfront at Kinloch is a great place to spend a sunny day, go fishing, or for a walk along the lake. The Kinloch Store and Cafe is close by
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Whakaipo Bay Recreational Reserve

star rating of 4
Freedom Camping Location Certified Self-contained Vehicles Only Large Vehicle Access Pet Friendly Fishing Location Marginal Vodafone mobile reception Excellent Spark mobile reception
Driveway to the Reserve Whakaipo Bay Recreational Reserve is a quiet, lakeside reserve where freedom camping is allowed in self-contained vans.
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Tongiriro National Trout Centre

star rating of 4
Large Vehicle Access Walking Tracks Moderate Vodafone mobile reception Excellent Spark mobile reception
Sign near the parking area The Tongiriro National Trout Centre is major attraction, featuring a trout hatchery, and underwater viewing area and a nature walk.
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Tokaanu Bridge Reserve

star rating of 4
Freedom Camping Location Certified Self-contained Vehicles Only Large Vehicle Access Pet Friendly Quiet and Peaceful Walking Tracks Excellent Vodafone mobile reception Good Spark mobile reception
Parking well back from the main road Tokaanu Bridge Reserve is a large grass reserve with a track to the top of the hill overlooking Lake Taupo and with a view of the Genesis Energy power station
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Riverside Park Market

star rating of 4
Toilets Available Public Dump Station Fresh Water Available Farmers Market Walking Tracks Excellent Vodafone mobile reception Excellent Spark mobile reception
Market - Juice station A market is held in Riverside Park every Saturday morning and runs from 10am to 1pm.
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Turangi Bridge Motel

star rating of 4
Park-Over Property Certified Self-contained Vehicles Only Fresh Water Available Laundry Available Internet Available Large Vehicle Access Thermal Spa Available Restaurant Pet Friendly Quiet and Peaceful Fishing Location Good Vodafone mobile reception Good Spark mobile reception
Motel Reception Turangi Bridge Motel is at the entrance to off State Highway 1 and provides free overnight parking for self-contained motor caravanners.
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Tokaanu Marina

star rating of 4
Toilets Available Public Dump Station Fresh Water Available Fishing Location
The Jetty The Tokaanu Marina is just a few km outside of Turangi, off SH41.There are toilets and also a dump station with fresh water. Unfortunately, Freedom Camping is no longer allowed.
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De Bretts Resort

star rating of 4
Holiday Park or Campsite Toilets Available Fresh Water Available Laundry Available Showers Available Power Available Internet Available Large Vehicle Access Dump Station Available Restaurant Pet Friendly
The reception and entrance to the cafe De Bretts Resort is just outside the Taupo town centre, and offers one of the best thermal acquatic playgrounds and also includes private spas.
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Huka Falls

star rating of 4
Toilets Available Large Vehicle Access Restaurant Moderate Vodafone mobile reception
Cafe and gift shop Huka Falls is one of our iconic attractions, featuring a huge volume of irridescent blue foaming water as the Waikato river is driven over the falls.
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Ferry Rd Carpark

star rating of 4
Large Vehicle Access
Parking overlooking the lake The Ferry Rd Carpark overlooks Lake Taupo and is a short walk from the town centre. Overnight parking for a maximum of 2 consecutive nights is allowed for self-contained motor caravanners.
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Tokaanu Reserve

star rating of 3.5
Freedom Camping Location Large Vehicle Access Pet Friendly Quiet and Peaceful Moderate Vodafone mobile reception Good Spark mobile reception
Sealed parking The Tokaanu Reserve is a secluded rest area of State Highway 41, and overlooks Lake Taupo. Self-contained motor caravanners can freedom camp here.
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Lakeland House Restaurant

star rating of 3.5
Quiet and Peaceful Good Vodafone mobile reception Good Spark mobile reception
Dining with a view over Lake Taupo Lakeland House Restaurant is in Waihi Village, on the southern end of Lake Taupo. With stunning views over Lake Taupo, this is fine dining with a real view
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Wairaki Thermal Valley Holiday Park

star rating of 3.5
Holiday Park or Campsite Toilets Available Fresh Water Available Laundry Available Showers Available Power Available Large Vehicle Access Dump Station Available Pet Friendly Quiet and Peaceful Excellent Vodafone mobile reception Excellent Spark mobile reception
Campsite reception Wairaki Thermal Valley Holiday Park is in a quiet rural location with a nice cafe and where you can walk through the thermal valley.
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Genesis Energy Historic Reserve

star rating of 3.5
Freedom Camping Location Certified Self-contained Vehicles Only Large Vehicle Access Quiet and Peaceful Walking Tracks No Vodafone mobile reception No Spark mobile reception
Entrance to the reserve Genesis Energy have created an historic reserve near an area when early Maori has settled. There is a large parking area and you can walk to the historic site
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Orere Reserve

star rating of 3.5
Freedom Camping Location Certified Self-contained Vehicles Only Toilets Available Large Vehicle Access Walking Tracks Good Vodafone mobile reception Good Spark mobile reception
Reserve parking area Orere Reserve is on the opposite side of the road to the Opepe Memorial Reserve and features four different historic walks from 5 mins to 1.5 hours
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Cherry Island Reserve

star rating of 3.5
Freedom Camping Location Certified Self-contained Vehicles Only Large Vehicle Access Quiet and Peaceful Fishing Location Walking Tracks Marginal Vodafone mobile reception Moderate Spark mobile reception
The Waikato River flowing around Cherry Island Cherry Island Reserve is a public parking area providing access to the Cherry Island reserve and cycleway. There is no longer access to the island itself. Self contained motor caravanners can park overnight.
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Lake Taupo Holiday Resort

star rating of 3.5
Holiday Park or Campsite Toilets Available Fresh Water Available Laundry Available Showers Available Power Available Internet Available Large Vehicle Access Dump Station Available Marginal Vodafone mobile reception Excellent Spark mobile reception
Holiday Park Reception Lake Taupo Holiday Resort is just outside the main Taupo town centre and offers an up-market holiday park experience.
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All Seasons Holiday Park

star rating of 3.5
Holiday Park or Campsite Toilets Available Fresh Water Available Laundry Available Showers Available Power Available Internet Available Large Vehicle Access Dump Station Available Fishing Location Good Vodafone mobile reception Good Spark mobile reception
Holiday Park Reception The All Seasons Holiday Park is in central Taupo within walking distance of all the shops and includes spacious grounds with on-grass parking.
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Waipunga Falls

star rating of 3.5
Freedom Camping Location Certified Self-contained Vehicles Only Large Vehicle Access Quiet and Peaceful No Vodafone mobile reception
Parking area at the Waipunga Falls lookout The Waipunga Falls can be viewed from a carpark set back from the Thermal Explorer Highway (SH5) just north of the Waikato region boundary.
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Opepe Bush Historic Reserve

star rating of 3.5
Freedom Camping Location Certified Self-contained Vehicles Only Large Vehicle Access Walking Tracks Good Vodafone mobile reception Good Spark mobile reception
Walkway to the Opepe Historic Cemetary The Opepe Bush Historic Reserve includes a 30 minute bush walk, as well as a shorter walk to an historic cemetery dating back to the Maori wars.
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Reids Farm Reserve

star rating of 3.5
Freedom Camping Location Certified Self-contained Vehicles Only Toilets Available
Entrance to Reids Farm and the parking area Reids Farm Reserve is in a quiet, secluded location alongside the Waikato river. Camping and overnight parking is allowed for motor caravanners.
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Riverside Park PDS

star rating of 3.5
Public Dump Station Fresh Water Available Large Vehicle Access
Public dump station access The public dump station at Riverside Park is in a beautiful location, with a choice of clean toilets, and plenty of room for large vans to access the PDS.
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Rangipo Dam

star rating of 3
Freedom Camping Location Certified Self-contained Vehicles Only
Rangipo dam water spout There is a small parking area opposite the Rangipo dam and water outlet where self-contained motor caravanners can park overnight.
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Waitetoko Beach Reserve

star rating of 3
Large Vehicle Access Fishing Location Excellent Vodafone mobile reception Excellent Spark mobile reception
Parking by the lake front Waitetoko Beach Reserve is a nice place to stop for a break, right on the lakefront.
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Waituhi Lookout

star rating of 3
Freedom Camping Location Certified Self-contained Vehicles Only Quiet and Peaceful No Vodafone mobile reception No Spark mobile reception
Sealed driveway to the viewing platform The Waituhi Lookout is at the highest point coming over the ridge from Taumaranui to Turangi and offers scenic views in a 360 degree panorama
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Te Ponanga Saddle Rd Lookout

star rating of 3
Freedom Camping Location Certified Self-contained Vehicles Only Large Vehicle Access Quiet and Peaceful Excellent Vodafone mobile reception Good Spark mobile reception
Entrance to the lookout The Te Ponanga Saddle Rd Lookout has a great view out over Lake Taupo and makes a nice place to stop for a driving break
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Turangi Holiday Park

star rating of 3
Holiday Park or Campsite Toilets Available Fresh Water Available Laundry Available Showers Available Power Available Internet Available Large Vehicle Access Dump Station Available Pet Friendly
Holiday Park Office Turangi Kiwi Holiday Park is just outside Turangi town centre and walking distance to the New World supermarket.
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Bulli Point Reserve

star rating of 3
Fishing Location Good Vodafone mobile reception Excellent Spark mobile reception
Parking beside Lake Taupo Bulli Point Reserve is on the shores of Lake Taupo and is a nice place to stop for a break.
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Motutere Holiday Park

star rating of 3
Holiday Park or Campsite Toilets Available Fresh Water Available Laundry Available Showers Available Power Available Internet Available Large Vehicle Access Dump Station Available Fishing Location Good Vodafone mobile reception Excellent Spark mobile reception
Camp Site Office Motutere Holiday Park offers powered sites right on the shore of Lake Taupo, as well as on the other side of State Highway 1
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Motuoapa Bay Holiday Park

star rating of 3
Holiday Park or Campsite Toilets Available Fresh Water Available Laundry Available Showers Available Power Available Large Vehicle Access Fishing Location Good Vodafone mobile reception Excellent Spark mobile reception
Holiday Park Office Motuoapa Bay Holiday Park is in a sheltered location off the main highway and close to the lake front.
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Great Lake Holiday Park

star rating of 3
Holiday Park or Campsite Toilets Available Fresh Water Available Laundry Available Showers Available Power Available Internet Available Large Vehicle Access Dump Station Available Thermal Spa Available Moderate Vodafone mobile reception Moderate Spark mobile reception
Holiday Park Reception The Great Lake Holiday Park is in Acacia Bay a short drive out of the Taupo town centre, and well away from the tourist activity.
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Rangitaiki Lodge

star rating of 3
Park-Over Property Toilets Available Fresh Water Available Showers Available Power Available Large Vehicle Access Restaurant Pet Friendly Quiet and Peaceful
Entrance to the campground Rangitaiki Lodge is on the high plateau along the Taupo to Napier highway. They provide basic campsite facilities and a restaurant if you want to take a break from preparing meals.
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Rangitaiki Tavern

star rating of 3
Holiday Park or Campsite Toilets Available Fresh Water Available Laundry Available Showers Available Power Available Internet Available Large Vehicle Access Dump Station Available Restaurant Pet Friendly
Entrance to the tavern The Rangitaiki Tavern is in the high country along the main highway between Taupo and Napier. Well know for it's hunting and fishing, it also offers overnight parking for self-containted motor caravanners
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Kinloch Marina PDS

star rating of 3
Public Dump Station Large Vehicle Access Fishing Location
Kinloch Marina Public Dump Station The boat club marina at Kinloch has a Public Dump Station that is available for motor caravanners to use.
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Oturere Stream

star rating of 2.5
Freedom Camping Location Large Vehicle Access Pet Friendly No Vodafone mobile reception No Spark mobile reception
Parking area There is a small parking area with access to the Oturere Stream where self-contained motor caravanners can park overnight.
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Waipakihi Rd Carpark

star rating of 2.5
Freedom Camping Location Certified Self-contained Vehicles Only Pet Friendly Quiet and Peaceful Good Vodafone mobile reception Moderate Spark mobile reception
Carpark area There is a parking area near the end of Waipakihi Rd where self-contained motor caravanners can park overnight
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Poutu Intake

star rating of 2.5
Freedom Camping Location Certified Self-contained Vehicles Only Toilets Available Large Vehicle Access Pet Friendly Quiet and Peaceful Walking Tracks Good Vodafone mobile reception No Spark mobile reception
Parking by the river The Poutu Intake is part of the Genesis Energy power station complex. There parking areas are available to self-contained motor caravanners to park overnight.
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Waihi Rd Reserve

star rating of 2.5
Large Vehicle Access Fishing Location Good Vodafone mobile reception Good Spark mobile reception
Sign forbidding overnight camping Waihi Rd Reserve is a stunning reserve overlooking the southern end of Lake Taupo. A nice quiet place to stop for a break, but not available for parking overnight
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Wairaki BP Connect PDS

star rating of 2.5
Toilets Available Public Dump Station Large Vehicle Access Good Vodafone mobile reception Excellent Spark mobile reception
Public Dump Station The Wairaki BP Connect has a public dump station
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Two Mile Bay PDS

star rating of 2.5
Toilets Available Public Dump Station
Dump Station with a separate washing area The Two Mile Bay PDS is outside the public toilets in the boat ramp carpark.
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Mission Bay Reserve

star rating of 2.5
Toilets Available Large Vehicle Access Fishing Location Moderate Vodafone mobile reception Excellent Spark mobile reception
Parking on the lake front Mission Bay Reserve is a nice place to stop for a break right on the lake front, and include stunning views of the snow covered mountains in the Tongariro National Park.
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Kuratau Layover

star rating of 2.5
Large Vehicle Access No Vodafone mobile reception No Spark mobile reception
Shuping taking a picture The Kuratau Layover along SH41 has great views out over Lake Taupo.
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Lake Rotoaira Lookout

star rating of 2.5
Freedom Camping Location Certified Self-contained Vehicles Only Large Vehicle Access Good Vodafone mobile reception Excellent Spark mobile reception
Parking area There is a small rest area with a nice view over Lake Rotoaira along SH47
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Oasis Motel and Motor Camp

star rating of 2.5
Holiday Park or Campsite Toilets Available Fresh Water Available Laundry Available Showers Available Power Available Internet Available Large Vehicle Access Dump Station Available Thermal Spa Available Pet Friendly Good Vodafone mobile reception Good Spark mobile reception
Motor Camp Reception The Oasis Motel and Motor Camp is on SH41 just outside of Turangi and offers thermal spa pools as well as powered sites for motor caravanners
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Turangi New World

star rating of 2.5
Large Vehicle Access Grocery Shopping Excellent Vodafone mobile reception Excellent Spark mobile reception
New World parking area Turangi New World has a large carpark suitable for motorhomes to find parking and buy groceries.
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Tokaanu RSA

star rating of 2.5
Park-Over Property Certified Self-contained Vehicles Only Fresh Water Available Large Vehicle Access Restaurant Pet Friendly Good Vodafone mobile reception Moderate Spark mobile reception
Entrance to the RSA The Tokaanu RSA in Turangi provides overnight parking on a sealed carpark for self-contained motor-caravanners. RSA meals are a available if you want a break from cooking.
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Rangipo Power Station

star rating of 2
Freedom Camping Location Certified Self-contained Vehicles Only Large Vehicle Access Quiet and Peaceful Moderate Vodafone mobile reception No Spark mobile reception
parking at the power station Rangipo Power Station has a parking area where self-contained motor caravanners can park overnight.
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Desert Rd Metal Pit

star rating of 2
Freedom Camping Location Certified Self-contained Vehicles Only Large Vehicle Access Pet Friendly Moderate Vodafone mobile reception No Spark mobile reception
Metal pit parking There is a metal pit used for roading along Desert Road where self contained motor caravanners can park overnight - should you want to.
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Club Habitat

star rating of 2
Holiday Park or Campsite Toilets Available Fresh Water Available Laundry Available Showers Available Power Available Large Vehicle Access Dump Station Available
Club Habitat Reception Club Habitat is next to the New World supermarket and have a series of powered sites available along the entrance driveway.
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Kaimanawa Rd Campsite - DOC

star rating of 1.5
Department of Conservation Campsite Toilets Available Quiet and Peaceful Good Vodafone mobile reception Marginal Spark mobile reception
Sign pointing to the campsite The DOC campsite at Kaimanawa Rd is a very basic campsite in an isolated forest area.
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Lake Taupo Marina

star rating of 1.5
Toilets Available Fresh Water Available
Booking office for scenic flights Lake Taupo Marina is a prime location with sealed parking right on the lake front, and within walking distance to the town centre.
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Waipunga River

star rating of 1
Freedom Camping Location
Parking area to the right of the road turnoff The Waipunga River has an access driveway with limited parking that is available for self-contained motor caravanners to park overnight.
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Oruatua Boat Ramp

star rating of 0.5
Department of Conservation Campsite Toilets Available Fresh Water Available Large Vehicle Access Pet Friendly Quiet and Peaceful Fishing Location Excellent Vodafone mobile reception Excellent Spark mobile reception
Motorhome parking on the lake front RV Explorer - Oruatua Boat Ramp Reserve provides on-grass freedom camping for motor caravanners outside of the summer holiday season.
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