Freedom Camping

Southland District Council looks after a number of freedom camping sites. Where you can freedom camp in Southland varies based on location. 


Where can I freedom camp?

Browns Nightcaps
Colac Bay/Oraka township  Orepuki (Monkey Island)
Dipton Otautau
Dunsdale Riversdale
Edendale Thornbury
Fortrose Waikaia
Haldane Waikawa
Limehills/Centre Bush Winton
Lumsden Wyndham
Mandeville - Taylor Park  

More about freedom camping

  • Southland District Council's Freedom Camping Bylaw applies to public places, not conservation land or private property
  • Camping on Council reserves is generally prohibited but Council has chosen to allow camping on some reserves including the Dunsdale Reserve
  • Most towns have designated sites for self-contained camping. Some towns have sites that permit all types of camping
  • Camping is generally permitted on Council controlled land in areas such as beaches and riversides
  • Camping is generally not allowed in: urban areas, car parks, boating areas (including wharves, jetties & boat ramps), playgrounds, sports grounds, cemeteries, walking tracks, signposted lookouts

 

Waste Disposal

Campervan dump station locations can be found here (external link)

Rubbish and recycling station locations can be found here (external link)

For more information on freedom camping & free overnight campervan parking sites in the Southland District, including Department of Conservation camping grounds, visit Camping Our Way* (external link)

 

Be a responsible camper

Southland District Council encourages campers to be careful and considerate. It is important you:

  • Be tidy and always leave the area clean
  • Dispose of all waste water at a dump station
  • Limit generator use to between 8am-9pm to prevent noise nuisance
  • Always drive along formed tracks
  • Always use public toilets, if they are provided
  • Use biodegradable cleaning products and wash in a container away from the water
  • Protect native plants and animals
  • Consider the rights of others

Download information about keeping healthy outdoors  [PDF, 2 MB]

 


* Please note this site is run by the Tourism Industry Association and Council has provided the link to this information to be intended as advisory only. It is the individual's responsibility to ensure they abide by the law and Council takes no responsibility for the accuracy or interpretation of this information.

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