Lumsden Information Centre

Lumsden Information Centre

Overnight Campervan Parking



57 Rankers Reviews

2 Face-to-Face

37 Freedom Camping

1 Lumsden




There are spaces for non-self-contained camping on either side of the train platform, between the signposted arrows on site. Up to 7 nights in any 30 day period. There are no other spaces for non-self-contained campers in the town and there is an enforcement service in place if camping occurs outside of the identified non-self-contained area.
There is also a commercial camping facility available at the northern end of the Lumsden township if the non-self-contained area is full. Another option up the road at the Lodge and Holiday Park in Athol.
Self-contained camping is permitted in the town in any public carpark, and the toilet car park is recommended. Up to 3 nights in any 30 day period for self-contained.
Any person found to be camping in a tent, car or non-self-contained vehicle outside the designated parking area is liable to receive a $200 infringement fee, so all visitors are encouraged to ensure that they camp in the designated parks
The Northern Southland Community Pool is now open for the season (11/11/17 until March 2018). Key is $5 per person plus a $20 bond which you can get from the Four Square. Not available to the public during school hours and some evenings but all those details at the Four Square. Holidays start 15th Dec. Clean showers plus a place to charge your mobile phone will be installed very soon. Lovely community pool :)
This is a great place for a swim and shower in Lumsden.


Feature Value Info


South IslandSouthlandLumsden


  • Freedom Camping
  • Free


Showing 13 reviews of 57.

Keith & Kay Finlayson's avatar

Keith & Kay Finlayson

Ranking: 10/10

This is an excellent free camp. There is a dump point and a toilet block. There’s plenty of parking especially at this time of year. We really appreciated the effort the town off Lumsden had gone to to provide a nice camp.

Reviewed 3 days ago

Jhade's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Thank you Lumsden community for providing this excellent space in the middle of your town! It was a very welcomed change to have excellent bathrooms, free wifi and a dump station with portable water available. The spot is a large car park, on both sides of the bathroom block. It has designated spaces for SC and NSC. Wifi is available through the library (free, unlimited and the fastest wifi we found in NZ). We stopped here on the way to Milford and again on the way back. The bakery next door also bought us out all their left over sandwiches and pies at the end of the day, which we shared around with the other campers! Definitely worth the stop and I suggest heading into a local cafe or the pub to support this beautiful little community.

Reviewed about 1 month ago

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Meri's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

If you go on the same side as the library, you can use their wifi. Free water, toilets and cooking area with lights. The grocery store is on the other side of the road.

Reviewed about 1 month ago

Felix's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

By far the best free place we've stayed so far. You can stay in this lovely town for up to 7 days for free if you're self contained. There are nice flush toilets, a sink for washing dishes, clean water, dump site and wifi all for free. This place was actually better than places we've paid for. If you want to use the wifi the name is apnk or something like that and the password is just 88888888. For a small price you can also have a shower. Wonderful place

Reviewed 4 months ago

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Brice's avatar


Ranking: 7/10

Big carpark, loads of spots for everyone else. I would say we were more than 30 vehicles to stay the two night we stayed (on our way to Milford and back).
We are SC and in a campervan so no need for everything but as a NSC or in a small van you’ll be pleased to find drinking water, super clean facilities, a sink to do your dishes and tables to eat.
A great move from Lumsden !

Reviewed 5 months ago

Kathryn Torkington's avatar

Kathryn Torkington

Ranking: 1/10

Awful. We thought we would try it out but regretted it. Noisy people camping here, next to a busy road, it's just a carpark and other campers there didn't care about their noise levels late at night. As the saying goes, you get what you pay for.

Reviewed 5 months ago

JT's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

many thanks to the town for this free place. the best we every had. (greets to doc and his scenic sites for 13$ pp). in lumsden you have clean and big toilets, sink for dishes, free wifi and a supermarket across the street. absolutely perfect

Reviewed 5 months ago and experienced in January 2019

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OA's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Really good spot, has better facility than most paid DOC sites! Had a great burger at Route 6 cafe. Couldn't seem to get the WiFi from the library that people had mentioned on previous reviews. All good though, thank you Lumsden!

Reviewed 6 months ago

Megan Belanger 's avatar

Megan Belanger

Ranking: 10/10

Great free place for self contained OR non-self contained. Toilets were the cleanest we’ve experienced. Great cafes on the same block. Picnic tables and sunny/ shady area were a bonus. and there is a tap for drinking water and cleaning dishes.There’s a playground next to the lot that’s great for kids. Really awesome spot as a midway stop. Grab a coffee at a cafe to support this great little town.

Reviewed 6 months ago

QueeenBeee's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Lumsden information center was truly a memorable experience and maybe the best campsite we have stayed at. You find everything you need here- toilets, store, gas station and even hot showers. In order to shower just go to Foursquare, buy a key for $5 pp ($20 is a deposit) and then go to a community pool, where you can swim and shower. Lumsden is worth a visit for sure! :)

Reviewed 6 months ago

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Boris Clémençon's avatar

Boris Clémençon


Ranking: 10/10

Perfect free place. Thanks Lumsden city and comunity for this site !
Better if you are coming before 7pm for Non Self Contained because there is a limit space for you (just on the both sides of train station) and this places are also used by Self-Contained travellers.
Drinkable water supply and clean toilets.
Perfect site.
Thanks new Zealand for this place. We love you !

Reviewed 7 months ago

Ashton's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

I was happy we went out of the way to stay here! It was a neat and clean place to park our Campervan. There is clean restrooms with soap, a playground, and a covered patio to play games/hang out/cook. Only downside is that it is in town and that includes road noise, and it seems to be a parking lot with only a set number of places to park so you are very close to other campers.

Reviewed 7 months ago

Inna's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Amazing!! The bathrooms were clean, and the area was really quaint. The library is just across the street so free WiFi. We stayed here our last night, so the next day we were busy cleaning our campervan. This was a good place to do it. They had big rubbish bins, and a dump station. And it’s free!

Reviewed 7 months ago