It’s an incredible scenic destination to stay and play in, and we want to keep it this way by protecting our unique natural resources through sustainable camping practices.
DOC manage a diverse range of campsites within unique forest settings deep in the Kaimanawa Forest Park to the flanks of Mount Ruapehu in the stunning alpine setting of Tongariro National Park. Find a DOC campsite to explore and enjoy the best of the Kiwi outdoors.
There are four council-managed freedom camping areas throughout the region where you can camp in a non-self-contained vehicle, and many more options for those with certified self-contained vehicles.
The maximum stay at a single site is three nights and four days, before it’s time to move on and make space for another traveller. Look out for signs around the region that help you determine whether you can park your vehicle up for the night.
Four Basic Rules for Freedom Camping in Taupō
- Camping on private property is not allowed.
- Campervans must have their own toilets and fresh water; unless these are provided by the campsite.
- On-board toilets may only be emptied at dump stations (see locations below).
- Help us keep Great Lake Taupo clean by disposing of your rubbish and waste responsibly.
Rubbish and Waste
Where can I dispose of my recycling and rubbish?
You can dispose of rubbish and recycling at any of the landfill and transfer stations in the Taupō region.
Find out the charges and opening hours of the landfill and transfer stations here.
Where can I dispose of my toilet waste?
Motorhome grey waste can be disposed of for free, 24 hours a day at the following dump stations.
Most commercial campgrounds and holiday parks have dump stations available for guests to use.