Lumsden Information Centre

Lumsden Information Centre

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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.


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  • Freedom Camping
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EvaBelle's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

The best freedom camping spot I've visited! Tidy toilets, rubbish bins, picnic tables, drinking water, sink for washing up, plenty of parks, quirky old train, friendly locals. Awesome to have a small town make freedom campers feel so welcome. I'd definitely recommend having a wander around the village and supporting local businesses. Roar Coffee are amazing.

Reviewed about 1 month ago

chels's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

This site was amazing to stay at, we stayed a night here then went to Milford Sounds the next day and loved it so much we stay another night after our outing before heading to Queenstown.
Clean toilets, kitchen area, a playground for kids. Across the road is 4 square and a beautiful cafe (Bafē cafe) with the best pies. Would definitely stay here again when in this area.
A very well looked after site.

Reviewed 5 months ago

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Jeannine Davis

Ranking: 10/10

Fantastic spot for the night. Has everything you could need, toilets washing up area, washing machines/dryer just along the road.
Supermarket, pub, takeaway all within walking distance. Great wee secondhand shop to browse around. So many free parking spots. People are all really friendly. Definitely worth the stop. Best car park camping we have encountered on our travels

Reviewed 7 months ago

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Ranking: 10/10

Awesome little spot. Heaps of room for plenty of vehicles. Clean bathrooms and a spot to clean dishes and get fresh drinking water. 10/10 would recommend.
Route 6 cafe across the road is bloody good. Get in there for a warm cuppa

Reviewed 8 months ago

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The Gillies

Ranking: 8/10

Great stop over. Not the post picturesque. Clean toilets. Park and trains for kids. Washing machine in Main Street. Water and dump station. Local teens gathered in the park at night, but no trouble.

Reviewed 11 months ago

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Maureen Tate

Ranking: 9/10

A nice spot in small town to stay. Clean toilets, nice playground, across the street from or close to several cafes and a friendly and well stocked 4 Square market. Historic railway, quiet streets, well maintained parking. Dump station by exit of parking. Left a donation, enjoyed our overnight stay. thank you Lumsden!

Reviewed 11 months ago

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Fiona Taylor

Ranking: 7/10

So thankful to the people of Lumsden for being so welcoming to travelers. This is honestly such an amazing spot. We spend 2 nights here. The pup and route 6 cafe are amazing. The only downside was on our second night at 2.30am we had a rock thrown at out van and some other people had the same problem. But I will not let the behaviour of the few put me off staying again!

Reviewed 11 months ago

Valg's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

We were very pleased to spend the night here after feeling quite unwanted at unfriendly Te Anau. Lumsdon is a small town that does not have a lot to offer but has done a lot to make travellers welcome. The large carpark for freedom campers is organised clean and offers clean public toilets ,water, a place to wash dishes,children’s playground and dump station. A notice board with information on local facilities ie a little laundry down the road, the local swimming pool to swim and shower etc .Four Square shop across the road and great takeaways just past the laundry. This area was the train station and the theme is preserved.
Well done Lumsdon and thank you for a great stay .

Reviewed 11 months ago

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Jenny's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Was absolutely lovely. Locals were so friendly. Seeing as the site was free we decided to pay patronage to the local cafes for breakfast. Nice quiet and clean. Thank you Lumsden, we will be telling our friends and definitely will be back

Reviewed 11 months ago

Rey's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Simply the best campsite
Toilets, potable water, bench and tables, wash sinks, great vintage trains, 4Square grocery. And FREE WiFi
Pls leave a small donation
Thank you Lumsden community!

Reviewed about 1 year ago

Rebecca's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

One of the best places we've stayed! You can park anywhere in the carpark so we parked by the park for something a bit prettier. Theres a sink to wash your dishes, heaps of toilets, free wifi from the library across the road which reached our car! Highly recommend the cafe Route 6 across the road, and also going to the 4sq and asking about the swimming pool! For $5 each we had the town pool all to ourselves for a couple hours including free hot showers! Best freedom camping town ever!!

Reviewed about 1 year ago

Niven's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Literally just a car park but toilets are nice. Dish washing facility is also good.
Really quiet so it’s not bad.

Reviewed about 1 year ago and experienced in February 2020

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Teesh K

Ranking: 10/10

The reviews say it all. Awesome free spot to stay for a night, facilities are great. Can get up and leave whenever you are ready in the morning. Two cafes for coffee across the road. Recommend

Reviewed about 1 year ago