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Dunsdale Recreation Reserve

Dunsdale Recreation Reserve

Serious planting going on!

Serious planting going on!

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......


4 reviews with the most recent first

Anna Stoehr's avatar

Anna Stoehr


Ranking: 10/10

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

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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.

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Miguel's avatar



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 :)

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Simon L


Ranking: 8/10

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