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Freedom campers are advised to familiarise themselves with new freedom camping laws which came into effect on Wednesday, 7 June.

Image of a campervan parked beside a lake with a beautiful view of a mountain range.

Toitū Te Whenua manages five camping areas in the South Island. These are:

  • Bendigo, Lowburn, Jacksons Inlet and Champagne Gully on the shores of Lake Dunstan in Central Otago. 
  • Pines Camp on the southern end of Lake Pukaki in the Mackenzie District. 

The new rules established through the Freedom Camping Act apply to all our sites.  At a high level, this includes certification of self-contained vehicles and infringement fees. 
Campers need to be aware that fines may apply for:  

  • inappropriately disposing of waste 
  • interfering with, or damaging, the environment 
  • not leaving Toitū Te Whenua-administered land when required to do so by an enforcement officer. 

More information about the Freedom camping changes (  

More information about our camping areas, including conditions that apply.   

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