Check out Destination Clutha for tourism information about our district - including accommodation.
There are a range of public reserve areas which can be used during daylight hours to access and enjoy Clutha District's district and diverse natural areas, coastlines and wide-open spaces. However, some restrictions on overnight camping have been put in place to protect our natural environment and to ensure the sustainability of this tourism activity for years to come.
If your vehicle is fully self-contained (with a toilet, wastewater and rubbish facilities on-board) then there are some opportunities to camp overnight for free on land administered by the Clutha District Council. However, restrictions have been put in place to control the numbers of certified self-contained vehicles and the areas where they can park. This includes the following prohibited areas:
- Town centres or residential areas
- The foreshore area between Kaka Point and The Nuggets
- Any other public areas where 'No Camping' signs are displayed.
In addition, and as a trial over the 2019/20 season, freedom camping is restricted across The Catlins area, apart from a designated camping site in Owaka, located on Inn Street.
What is a self-contained vehicle?
Details on the requirements and process for vehicle certification - what it means to be self-contained - can be found on the NZMCA page Certified Self-Containment
Freedom camping on land administered by the Clutha District in vehicles which are not certified self-contained, or tenting or sleeping outdoors, is not permitted.
If you do not have a certified fully self-contained vehicle, then please stay at a one of Clutha District's many camping grounds.
Camping Ground Regulations
The Camping Ground Regulations 1985 prescribe the standards to be provided within grounds used as campsites for vans, tents and re-locatable homes. They include the required fire precautions.