Lumsden Information Centre

Lumsden Information Centre

Overnight Campervan Parking



70 Rankers Reviews

3 Face-to-Face

39 Freedom Camping

1 Lumsden

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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.


Feature Value Info


South IslandSouthlandLumsden


  • Freedom Camping
  • Free


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Ricardo's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Great place to stay for free!
Toilets - 10/10 supper clean
No shower
Have a Place to wash dishes and to refill your water bottles
Some tables and a playground for kids
Supermarket on the other side of the road

Reviewed 15 days ago

Linda's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Price: free
Location: it’s okay, it’s a parkingpark and there is not much to do
Insects: nothing we found
Wc’s: very well and clean
Douche: no douche

It was nice to stand here. It is good for one night to stand here.

Reviewed about 1 month ago

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Jane Lawrence

Ranking: 9/10

Brilliant overnighter. Thank you Lumsden. It has a wash up area, benches undercover, good clean toilets. It just lacks a shower.
PLEASE PUT A DONATION in the box near the sinks.

Reviewed about 1 month ago

Marianna's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

The best place, there is no view or anything, but clean bathrooms with 4 cubicles, plenty of room, rubbish bins, historical trains and wifi. Even laundry maschine on the street. Thank you for great free spot!

Reviewed about 1 month ago

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Dan's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Lovely community, amazing facilities & free!! Our first time freedom camping and I can honestly say that it rivalled some of the $15 campsites we’ve stayed in. Toilets spotless, designated area & sink for washing up, lots of bins for rubbish, supermarket opposite and lovely cafe / bakery (Bafe - deffo try the doughnuts!!)

Reviewed 2 months ago

Lee's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Amazing place for freedom campers!

Reviewed 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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 4 months ago

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 6 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 6 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 7 months ago

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 8 months ago