The Dunedin City Council is taking a ''positive'' approach to
freedom camping in the area.
Self-contained campervans are welcome in the city - they can
stay over in public car parks for up to two nights and even
illegal campers will not feel the sharp end of the law.
Council reserves and recreation planning team leader Paulien
Leijnse said freedom campers come to enjoy the scenery, the
wildlife and the heritage attractions.
''It is important that we convey to them our policy for
freedom camping in our city so they know where they can camp
and we are working hard to ensure they can access this
''We don't go out and fine people because it is not a very
positive attitude. We talk and try to convince people to move
on and give them information.''
The council's attitude in Dunedin is different from that of
the Queenstown Lakes District Council, which has issued
thousands of instant fines for illegal camping.
Ms Leijnse said Dunedin's tourist were more likely to be
nature lovers than young thrill seekers. Otago Peninsula
Community Board deputy chairwoman Christine Garey said
freedom campers contributed significantly to the local
''We need to welcome freedom campers but manage where they
Those camping in tents or vehicles without toilet facilities
are only allowed to stay in private campgrounds in the
Dunedin city area.
Self contained motor-homes can park for the night in council
car parks for up to two nights but there must not be more
than two within a 50-metre radius.
No camping is allowed at Taiaroa Head/Pukekura (including
Pilots Beach) or on the city's cemeteries.
Freedom campers and visitors in campervans make up 6% of
visitors to Dunedin. Campervan visitors spend on average $195
Rural Women NZ national president Liz Evans said there had
been problems in the past with effluent and grey water being
dumped out of campervans into country drains.
That had improved since the Freedom Camping Act came into
force last summer.