Camping areas

We own and look after five camping areas on Crown land in the South Island.

These include:

  • 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.

These camping areas are free for everyone to enjoy, if they follow some simple guidelines. These include not lighting fires, using the rubbish bins provided and not exceeding the maximum night stay.

Camping area information

Camping area Max night stay (per calendar month) Toilet facilities Tents allowed? Self-contained vehicles only
Bendigo 3 nights Yes Yes No
Lowburn 3 nights Yes No Yes
Jacksons Inlet 1 night No No Yes
Champagne Gully 1 night Yes Yes No
Pines Camp N/A Yes No No

These areas are monitored and we work closely with the Central Otago District Council and Mackenzie District Council to ensure these sites are kept safe, clean and tidy.

Follow these guidelines to make sure you have an enjoyable stay at our camping areas and in New Zealand:

how to care for NZ - be prepared, drive carefully, keep NZ clean, protect nature, show respect
how to care for NZ - be prepared, drive carefully, keep NZ clean, protect nature, show respect

The freedom camping website has more information about camping responsibly.
Freedom camping

If you have any questions about our camping areas, email crownproperty@linz.govt.nz