Camping in South Waikato reserves

​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 Fredom Camping access our Freedom Camping brochure he​re or contact Council on (07) 885 0340. 

Please respect the rules below:
  • Overnight parking does not require a permit and is limited to the areas indicated h​​ere​. Camping in tents and vehicles require a camping permit. Camping permits can be obtained from the South Waikato District Council offices or the district’s Information Centres.

  • The permit is valid for a maximum stay of four weeks in one location in any three month period during the year July to June.
  • 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). Campers are encourage to bring sufficient rubbish bags to suit their length of stay. From mid-December to mid-February rubbish bags will be collcted 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

Public toilets located at each reserve are available for the use of visitors and campers.

Freedom camping is also available at Jim Barnett Reserve; more on this reserve is he​​re. 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 close over the Christmas period, usually just prior to Christmas through to the next working day after 2 January the following year.

More information:

If you would like to know more about Freedom Camping access our Camping brochure here or call  (07) 885 0340 or at

Information Centres Tirau (07) 883 1202 Putaruru (07) 883 7284 Tokoroa (07) 886 8872

Page reviewed: 23 Mar 2018 3:25pm