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It’s an incredibly 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. We invite you to love and care for this place as much as we do.
Certified self-contained vehicles can park overnight on any council-owned or council-managed land other than on our reserves and Ferry Road, where camping is prohibited.
If you are unsure whether you can park your self-contained vehicle in an area of the Taupō district, keep an eye out for signs that show where it is not permitted.
You must also display your current self-containment warrant to show you meet New Zealand standards.
This map shows you where you can camp on council land if you are not in a self-contained vehicle. There are three areas to choose from:
Each of these locations has a specific area for camping in New Zealand.
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 traveler. Look out for signs around the region that help you determine whether you can park your vehicle up for the night.
DOC manages a diverse range of campsites within unique forest settings, from the Kaimanawa Forest Park to the flanks of Mt Ruapehu in the stunning alpine setting of Tongariro National Park. Find a DOC campsite to explore and enjoy the best of the Kiwi outdoors.
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.
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.