Freedom Camping

There are a number of short and long term camping sites in Waipa that are located on privately owned land or land administered by the Department of Conservation (DOC).  

Please contact the local Information Centre or the Department of Conservation for more details:

Cambridge Information Centre  
Te Awamutu Information Centre 
Pirongia Historic Visitor Centre  
Department of Conservation (Waikato)

Explore Waipa

If you are visiting or  exploring Waipa, the Camper Mate mobile application is highly useful for finding parks, reserves and locations of interest around New Zealand.

Types of camping

Camping in the Waipa District is regulated by reserve management plan policies for each park and reserve. Freedom camping covers two different types of camping; contained camping and conventional camping. 

Contained camping refers to self-contained motor homes and camper vans that require self containment certification

Conventional camping refers to any tent, caravan or other vehicle that does not need to be certified as a self contained unit.

Camping locations

Mighty River Domain – Lake Karapiro

Access via 601 Maungatautari Road.

Contained camping permissions:
No restriction as to the number of nights permitted.
*Charges apply

Conventional camping permissions:
No restriction as to the number of nights permitted.
*Charges apply

For more information head to the Lake Karapiro website.
View the Mighty River Power Domain Reserve Management Plan. 

Lakeside Areas of Arapuni and Karāpiro 

Access via:

  • Arapuni Landing, access via Arapuni Landing Road off Te Ana Road.
  • Bulmer’s Landing, access via Bulmer’s Road.
  • Moana Roa Recreational Reserve, access via SH1.
  • Keeley Recreational Reserve, access via SH1.
  • Bob’s Landing, access via corner Maungatautari Road and SH1.
  • Horahora Domain, access via Maungatautari Road.

Contained camping permissions:
Up to 2 consecutive nights stay permitted.

Conventional camping permissions:
No conventional overnight camping on any lakeside reserve is permitted.

Lake Ngāroto 

Access via Bank Road.

Contained camping permissions:
Up to 2 consecutive nights stay permitted.

Conventional camping permissions:
Only permitted in association with and for the duration of an event on the site, to a maximum of 5 consecutive days.

Find out more about the restoration of Lake Ngāroto  
View the Lake Ngāroto Reserve Management Plan.

Kihikihi Domain 

Access via Dick, Grey, Oliver,  or Atkinson Street.

Contained camping permissions:
Only permitted in association with and for the duration of events on the site. 

Conventional camping permissions:
No conventional overnight camping is permitted.

View the Kihikihi Domain Reserve Management Plan.

Urban Reserves

Contained camping permissions:
Only permitted on a specific camping ground, or in association with a scout or similar youth event, circus or market event. In all cases by approval.

Conventional camping permissions:
Only permitted on a specific camping ground.

*Charges apply

View the Waipa Urban Reserves Management Plan .

Rata-tu Reserve at Kihikihi

Access via Havelock Street.

Contained camping permissions:
Up to 2 consecutive nights stay permitted.

Conventional camping permissions:
No conventional overnight camping is permitted.

View a copy of the Rata-tu Reserve Management Plan.

Page reviewed: 18 Apr 2017 1:10pm