The South Waikato has a number of places where campers are permitted to stay, offering basic facilities like toilets and rubbish bins.
If you would like to know more about Casual Camping access our Camping brochure here
or contact Council on (07) 885 0340.
Please respect the rules below:
- Overnight parking does not require a permit and is limited to the reserves indicated - Glenshea Park and Tokoroa Memorial Sportsground. All vehicles parking overnight must be fitted with a minimum three days toilet and grey water capacity and all rubbish must be removed from the site on departure. Overnight parking shall only be in areas identified for such purpose and those asked to move on shall comple with any request from an authorised Officer of Council.
- All toilet and grey water disposal must be at a Council approved dump point. These are located in Tokoroa, Putaruru and Tirau.
- No permanent or semi-permanent structures are permitted.
- A minimum distance of three metres is required between each tent/campervan in case of fire.
- No open fires are permitted. Gas cookers or gas BBQs only are allowed.
- All dogs must be restrained at all times to ensure the safety of other campers and the owners are responsible for the removal of their dogs' waste.
- The riding of motorbikes in the reserve where others are camping is not permitted.
The permit is for a period of four weeks (28 days) in total and one permit is required for each vehicle at a camp site (maximum of six people can be covered by a permit). At the time of obtaining the permit, each permit holder will be issued with four official rubbish bags which will be collected from the authorised dumping point at each of the reserves on the following days:
- Dunham Point - Monday, Wednesday, Friday
- Whakamaru Reserve - Monday, Wednesday, Friday
- Jones Landing - Monday, Friday
- Little Waipa - Monday, Friday
This is from mid December to mid February. Public toilets located at each reserve are available for the use of visitors and campers.
Additional official rubbish bags are available from the Council offices and various retail outlets.
Casual camping is also available at Jim Barnett Reserve; more on this reserve is here. This reserve is not serviced, please remove any rubbish you generate. There is a toilet at this reserve.
Permits can be obtained from the Council offices in Putaruru and Tokoroa*. Or the i-SITEs in Tokoroa and Tirau or Pride in Putaruru office in Putaruru.
* Please note that the Council offices are closed from 3pm on Friday 22 December, reopening 8am, Wednesday 3 January.
If you would like to know more about Casual Camping access our Camping brochure here or call (07) 885 0340 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Information Centres Tirau (07) 883 1202 Putaruru (07) 883 7284 Tokoroa (07) 886 8872