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Lumsden Information Centre

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65 Rankers Reviews

3 Face-to-Face

49 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


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Lee's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Amazing place for freedom campers!

Reviewed 7 days ago

GM's avatar


Ranking: 7/10

It's great for what it is (a free car park with toilets) but at the end of the day it is just a car park!
There's a playground nearby.
Recommend going to the Bafé down the road for coffee, breakfast, lunch or any other pastry needs you have!

Cost (2p, non-powered): $0
Location: Small town, not unpleasant
Facilities: Toilets
Value: 10/10
Sandflies: None
X-Factor: Nahh

Reviewed 18 days ago

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Katie's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Really great little site; stopped here twice this month. First night was chill; second night happened to be completely full, with some noisy campers talking loudly past midnight...really a shame, and disrespectful! But the facilities here are great and I was happy to leave a donation.

Reviewed 24 days ago

Devin's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Lots of parking available on flat, paved surface in town. Highway not too nosiy. Toilets were very clean. There's a playground and also picnic tables and a place to wash dishes.

Reviewed 2 months ago

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Javier.G's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Muy buen sitio para estacionar! Los lavabos muy limpios y con muy buena olor. Un supermercado justo delante con gente realmente amable. Puedes recargar agua sin problemas.

Reviewed 3 months ago

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Anni Heltti

Ranking: 10/10

Super nice free camping facilities in the center of Lumsden. Lot of space, large toilet facilities and washing area. Smart move for the city to welcome campers here. We stayed here after a day in Milford Sound, before heading to Queenstown. Only showers are missing, so we headed to Lumsden Camping Ground for the showers and had a really bad experience there (read the review in their page), so we would stay away from there.

Reviewed 3 months ago

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Tania Baird

Ranking: 9/10

Awesome little town, great playground, super clean public toilet and 4Square and pub across the road ..... what more could you want!!

Reviewed 5 months ago

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braddo's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Lumsden has to be the most welcoming town in the whole of New Zealand for freedom campers. 45 camping spots for _any_ overnight vehicle (yes, you’re welcome to sleep in a non SCC vehicle), plus dozens more specifically for self contained campers. They have grassy areas if you want to tent, picnic tables, covered sections, wash stations, 24 hour toilet blocks, and even playgrounds for the kids. If you’re travelling between Milford Sound and Queenstown and you don’t stop here, you’re missing out. Please, please, please treat the space kindly so the kind people of Lumsden don’t regret their kindness.

Reviewed 5 months ago

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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 5 months 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 6 months 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 7 months 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 9 months ago

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 10 months ago