Things To Do In New Zealand – Free Camp By Longest River In New Zealand

by Mark Perkins

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I have got to admit it is sometimes very hard to find FREE places to camp in New Zealand, especially the North Island, without breaking the law or upsetting the locals.

Well the news is all good in the picturesque town of Taupo in the North Island of New Zealand. The camp site is called “Reids Farm” and is situated along the upper reaches of New Zealands longest river, The Waikato River.

The river is feed from Lake Taupo which in turn is feed by a number of rivers and streams from the central
plateau, Tongariro National Park. The river then flows over the Huka Falls and carries on from there.
My partner and I have wanted to stay there for some time and as we had a couple of days to spare we took advantage of it. I gotta be honest with you there was quite a range of campers there, not only types of accomodation from tents to campervans to motor homes (like ours) to


cars.. (yes folk sleeping in their cars), but the occupants were just as varied, older couples, young backpackers and locals but we didn’t see many children. I guess that could be because the Waikato river flows quite swiftly in this area and you need to be a good strong swimmer if you venture into the water at this point. However a little further around, still in

places to visit in new zealandthe camp site, is quite a still area that looked like a great swimming hole. The water was crystal clear and appeared to be very deep. It was late afternoon after a beautiful sunny day however the water was still very fresh  hmm cold!

We were only traveling a few kms the nest day so we were late rising and almost half of the other campers had gone already.

Reids Farm Taupo, yet another great stopover whilst on your campervan holiday in New Zeaalnd.

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