A new rule allowing freedom camping for non self-contained
vehicles at three sites around Dunedin is proving so popular
the Dunedin City Council might alter its servicing
arrangements for toilets and rubbish bins to cope with
The council has been alerted several times this summer to
overflowing rubbish bins and increased use of toilet
facilities at the three sites next to public toilets at
Macandrew Bay, Ocean View and Warrington.
''It's nothing unexpected, or particularly terrible, just an
increase in use, and we are just working out when that use is
spiking to work out what we need to put in place to deal with
that,'' council reserves policy and planning officer Paula
The council eased freedom camping rules in the city late last
year, to allow up to three self-contained campervans - those
with toilets on board - within a 50m radius to stay on sealed
areas of reserves and other public land for up to two nights.
Vehicles without toilets previously could not stay anywhere
overnight, but now up to five vehicles were allowed to stay
for one night in the three designated areas.
Ms Dickel said staff had been getting feedback from council
contractors, the public and from the hall committee near
where the toilets were at Macandrew Bay, and hoped to enlist
more people to give them more feedback on demand peaks and
troughs, so the council could work out what cleaning needed
to be included in future contracts.
The bins and toilets were cleared regularly, but there would
be a small lapse as the council worked out how much more
cleaning was required.
In the meantime, anyone who saw bins overflowing or toilets
needing cleaning was encouraged to report them immediately to
the council, and contractor would be sent out to deal with
For people staying in the wrong places, the council was
reliant on people reporting campers.
Any information people needed on camping around the city was
available on the council's website, Ms Dickel said.