Dunsdale Recreation Reserve and camping area

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Freedom campers are permitted to stay for up to three days at Dunsdale Recreation Reserve, inland from Invercargill.

This is a huge area, another wicked find! This reserve is well set up with loads of space to camp in, multiple toilet sites and water avaliable. It is very tidy and there is lots of natives being planted. There are walks through the Hokonui Forest.

The Southland District Council and Dunsdale locals offer this up. In return they ask that you obey general free-camping etiquette: respect people, plants and animals around you, restrict noise after 8pm, deposit waterwater etc in an appropriate place and leave your campsite tidy.

The reserve is about 7km down Dunsdale Valley Road, when you get to an obvious intersection, veer right to get to the campsite otherwise you could be driving through the forest forever......

http://www.southlanddc.govt.nz/my-southland/freedom-camping/

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7 reviews with the most recent first

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Mike

Ranking: 8/10

Looks like a really nice camp site, unfortunately the gate was locked when we got there as to stop people ripping up the grass over winter, we just stayed on the turn around outside as self contained but something to know, also a few people parking to go hunting in the bush it backs onto

Reviewed 7 months ago

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Thomas Gramond

Ranking: 6/10

No signage from the dirt road showing you which right turn is to the campsite. Look for a sign that says domain and turn there. I unfortunately did not see this sign and kept going, getting stuck in the mud and having to walk all the way back to a local farmer to pull be out at 1030pm. Bathrooms are what you'd expect for being in the middle of the woods.

Reviewed about 1 year ago

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David Brici

Ranking: 10/10

This is the perfect camping getaway with a large, well-maintained campground with flushing toilets, pretty walk and a beautiful stream. Getting there was confusing but you pretty much follow Dunsdale Valley road until you get into the forest and follow the road for a few minutes until you see a handmade sign with an arrow pointing right. I highly recommend this camp ground it is overlooked! It was our favourite place to rest :)

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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Anna Stoehr

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

There is a picnic area, from there some short, nice walks through the forest.

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Alexandra Shane

Ranking: 1/10

This place is in the middle of nowhere, do not get there after dark. We traveled there and got stuck on the road, had to push our campervan out. It was an eerie drive in at 830pm.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Miguel

Spain

Ranking: 7/10

Very basic campsite, some camping tables and two toilets. Plenty of space in this big meadow, the only shelter is close to the trees that surround it. It's completely FREE :)

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Simon L

Australia

Ranking: 8/10

Great spot to base yourself for a look around the Hokonuis.

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in January 2014

7 reviews with the most recent first

Mike's avatar

Mike

Ranking: 8/10

Looks like a really nice camp site, unfortunately the gate was locked when we got there as to stop people ripping up the grass over winter, we just stayed on the turn around outside as self contained but something to know, also a few people parking to go hunting in the bush it backs onto

Reviewed 7 months ago

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Thomas Gramond

Ranking: 6/10

No signage from the dirt road showing you which right turn is to the campsite. Look for a sign that says domain and turn there. I unfortunately did not see this sign and kept going, getting stuck in the mud and having to walk all the way back to a local farmer to pull be out at 1030pm. Bathrooms are what you'd expect for being in the middle of the woods.

Reviewed about 1 year ago

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David Brici

Ranking: 10/10

This is the perfect camping getaway with a large, well-maintained campground with flushing toilets, pretty walk and a beautiful stream. Getting there was confusing but you pretty much follow Dunsdale Valley road until you get into the forest and follow the road for a few minutes until you see a handmade sign with an arrow pointing right. I highly recommend this camp ground it is overlooked! It was our favourite place to rest :)

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

Avoid Camping Fines!

The only camping map where each location is approved by every regional council in NZ. So if it shows on the map, you’re allowed to stay.

The Rankers Camping NZ app, is also in association with…

Anna Stoehr's avatar

Anna Stoehr

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

There is a picnic area, from there some short, nice walks through the forest.

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Alexandra Shane

Ranking: 1/10

This place is in the middle of nowhere, do not get there after dark. We traveled there and got stuck on the road, had to push our campervan out. It was an eerie drive in at 830pm.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Miguel

Spain

Ranking: 7/10

Very basic campsite, some camping tables and two toilets. Plenty of space in this big meadow, the only shelter is close to the trees that surround it. It's completely FREE :)

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Simon L

Australia

Ranking: 8/10

Great spot to base yourself for a look around the Hokonuis.

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in January 2014