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Powerstation Lakes Map

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The Powerstation Lakes are a simply stunning part of New Zealand!

The Waikato river source is Lake Taupo and flows through the Waikato region until it flows into the Tasman sea at Port Waikato. There are 8 dams along the river that were built to provide hydro-electric power, and this has created a fabulous series of lakes a with recreation reserves for everyone to enjoy. For motor caravanners, you can freedom camp right on the waters edge, enjoy kayaking and fishing, or just chill out and enjoy some stunning scenery.

We start at Lake Karapiro, just south of Cambridge, and follow the river down to Lake Atiamuri.

Mighty River Domain Campsite

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The Mighty River Domain Campsite is in a beautiful location at the northern end of Lake Karapiro. This is home to many of our rowing and sculling teams and has benefited from generous sponsorship. While the camping area is set back from the lake front, it's just a short stroll around the grounds.

Hora Hora Domain

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Hora Hora Domain is a beautiful location on the shores of Lake Karapiro. It has a boat ramp and is a great location for water skiing and fishng. Max of 2 nights for certified self-contained vans. This is very popular, but there is plenty of room.

Rhubarb Cafe

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Rhubarb Cafe is an unexpectedly good place to stop for a coffee or a quick meal. Located on the main street of Arapuni town, they are on the Waikato River cycle trail, and provide an excellent range of light meals and drinks. They are open every day except Monday and Tuesday.

Jones Landing

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Jones Landing is a peaceful reserve on the banks of the Waikato river where self-contained motor-caravanners can freedom camp. It's a beautiful location, with public toilets and a playground, as well as access to the river.

Bulmers Landing

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Bulmers Landing is a large reserve along the banks of the Waikato river. In a peaceful, natural environment, this is a great freedom camping location for self-contained motor caravanners

Lake Maraetai

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Lake Maraetai at Mangakino is another stunning location where self-contained motor caravanners can freedom camp overlooking the lake. It's close to Mangakino town centre, and also has a Pizza cafe on the lakefront.

Whakamaru Waterski Club

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The Whakamaru Waterski Club has a small sealed parking area in a beautiful lake front location where self-contained motor caravanners can freedom camp.

Whakamaru Lake Reserve

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Whakamaru Lake Reserve is a huge reserve on the shores of Lake Whakamaru. Surrounded by forest, it is stunningly beautiful and sheltered.

Dunhams Point Reserve

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Dunhams Point Reserve is nestled in a native forest with access to the Waikato river. Camping requires a permit from the South Waikato District Council.

Atiamuri Boat Ramp

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The boat ramp parking area at Atiamuri is a beautiful location that is available for overnight parking for self-contained motor caravanners.