My Dunedin Itinerary

Camping

If you are a freedom camper coming to Dunedin, this page will tell you all you need to know before you get here.

Warrington Domain

Warrington map.

The Warrington Domain has separate areas designated for tents, non-self-contained vehicles and self-contained vehicles.

The maximum stay for all campers at Warrington Domain is two consecutive nights, with departure by 12 noon.

Vehicle noise and lights can disrupt sleep, so please show consideration to residents and other campers by arriving at the site before 10pm. Please also respect our environment by using the rubbish and toilet facilities provided.

It is the camper’s responsibility to arrive at the site early enough to familiarise themselves with the sign-posted designated camping areas, and, if necessary find another site if the current one is full.

Port-a-loos are on site from November to April.

The domain has water on site which is safe to drink. Please do not waste water as it is a restricted supply.

Be careful around our wildlife – sea lions, birds, penguins etc.

Do not light fires.

Dogs must be under owner’s control.

Campers not complying with the rules will be issued with a $200 fine.

Thomas Burns Street trial site

Thomas burns.

The carpark at 30-32 Thomas Burns Street is being trialled as a freedom camping site from 1 November 2018 to 30 April 2019.

The carpark is a shared freedom camping/casual parking site. Parking charges apply to all vehicles parked between 8am and 6pm, Monday to Saturday.

There is no grassed area at this site. Tents are not permitted; however non-self-contained vehicles (and self-contained vehicles) may park here for a maximum of two consecutive nights. Vehicles must be parked in a marked parking space.

Vehicles parked in leased car parks may be towed at the owner’s expense.

Vehicle noise and lights can disrupt sleep, so please show consideration to residents and other campers by arriving at the site before 10pm. Please also respect our environment by using the rubbish and toilet facilities provided.

It is the camper’s responsibility to arrive at the site early enough to familiarise themselves with the sign-posted designated camping areas, and, if necessary find another site if the current one is full.

Do not light fires.

Please respect our environment by using the rubbish and toilet facilities provided.

This site has water which is safe to drink.

A sink is available for washing dishes etc.

Campers not complying with the rules will be issued with a $200 fine.

Ocean View Recreation Reserve

Ocean view map.

The Ocean View Recreation Reserve has a designated area for freedom campers (no tents permitted).

The maximum stay for all campers at Ocean View Recreation Reserve is two consecutive nights, with departure by 8.30am.

Vehicle noise and lights can disrupt sleep, so please show consideration to residents and other campers by arriving at the site before 10pm. Please also respect our environment by using the rubbish and toilet facilities provided.

It is the camper’s responsibility to arrive at the site early enough to familiarise themselves with the sign-posted designated camping areas, and, if necessary find another site if the current one is full.

Ocean View Recreation Reserve is a small site and is frequently at full capacity by mid-afternoon.

If the designated area at Ocean View is full, both Brighton Caravan Park (03 481 1404) and Taieri Mouth Holiday Camp (03 481 7874) nearby have camping options including for late arrivals.

Do not light fires.

Campers not complying with the rules will be issued with a $200 fine.

Where else can I stay in a self-contained vehicle?

Self-contained vehicles must clearly display NZS5465:2001 certification. With certification displayed, you may park on any gravelled or sealed Dunedin City Council land set aside for parking except in: cemeteries, scenic reserves, prohibited zones on the Otago Peninsula and outside the designated areas at Warrington Domain, the Thomas Burns Street trial site and Ocean View Recreation Reserve.

Please do not drive into Baldwin Street (the world’s steepest street), as there is no turning and no exit.

Prohibited areas

  • Taiaroa Head
  • Portobello
  • Macandrew Bay/Broad Bay
  • Ocean Grove zone
  • Cemeteries
  • Scenic reserves
  • Warrington Domain (outside designated area)
  • Thomas Burns Street trial site (outside designated area)
  • Ocean View Recreation Reserve (outside designated area)

We regularly patrol these areas at night and anyone found camping in a prohibited area will receive a $200 fine.

Please respect our environment

Please:

  • refrain from toileting on the ground, or in the bush or forest
  • discharge black water (sewage) and grey water (sink and hand basin water) at designated wastewater dump stations only
  • place litter in rubbish bins or take it with you if the bins are full. Do not leave it on the ground beside the bin if it is full.
  • refrain from using waterways and toilets for bathing, washing clothes or dishes
  • use the amenities provided wherever you camp where available.

Sewage tanks and sink-water tanks

Most local holiday parks and some petrol stations have dump stations for customer use. These are marked on the map

How do I report an issue?

If people are freedom camping in non-designated areas or causing problems, please call Dunedin City Council on 03 477 4000.

For wildlife or conservation concerns, please call the Department of Conservation on 03 477 0677.

Dunedin i-Site Visitor Centre

Call in and ask the friendly staff at the Dunedin i-SITE for a freedom camping map and other information which will help you get maximum enjoyment from your visit to Dunedin. They offer free advice, information and bookings for all Dunedin visitor attractions, activities and accommodation.

Staff can also help with information and bookings for transport, accommodation and activities for the rest of New Zealand. The centre is also home to a souvenir store and close to all central city amenities.

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