Lumsden Freedom Camping


4.8 from 112 users.


Diana Street, Lumsden 9730, South Island.


Freedom camping permitted in both self-contained and non-self-contained vehicles only. Camping in tents is not permitted. Obey all signage on site and ensure you are parked in the designated area for your vehicle type. You may stay up to seven days in any 30-day period. Facilities include toilets, drinking water, picnic tables, rubbish bins, playground, sink for washing dishes and a dump point. Place all rubbish in the bins provided and leave no trace. Keep New Zealand clean. Always use the toilet in your vehicle or a public toilet. Dogs must be on a leash in the freedom camping area.

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Lat: -45.738969 Lng: 168.442085

User Reviews



I've traveled all 3 islands and I haven't found better equipped location than here in Lumsden. Nicely restored train, plenty of space to park, perfect coffee spot for a cup and toasted brekkie and dinner spot with fish&chips. I will gladly support local businesses because this is how you're supposed to do it. I hope that other towns get an inspiration from Lumsden. Thank you!



Lumsden is a town of generous people offering these facilities. Unfortunately campers don't stick to the designated areas, but I didn't see any consequences. Also not sure, if you are allowed to stay 3 or 7 nights. I think they differentiated between SC and NSC regarding the allowed nights. Felt very safe. Full reception. Water refill. Flush toilets. Extra sink for dishes. Bins. Picnic tables (sheltered and unsheltered). Paved ground. Wifi from the library (reception sometimes limited depending on position and time). Grocery store. Laundry (didn't use it). Community pool for showers (10nzd for 2people, didn't use it). Be nice. Be clean. Be good guests to Lumsden.



Wow. Just stellar. Clean toilets, fresh water, level spots, and FREE! Pretty full — upwards of 40 vans. But everyone was quiet and there was no trash. Make sure to follow the signs for sc/non sc spaces.


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