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Dunedin City Council – Kaunihera-a-rohe o Otepoti

Dunedin is a great place to explore, with rare wildlife, awesome landscapes and fantastic walks. The city welcomes all visitors to the city, including those who wish to freedom camp. We also want to keep our beautiful city and surrounding environment clean and green so we encourage all visitors to respect the unique environment by adhering to the Dunedin Care Code.

Please help us treasure and protect Dunedin's beautiful public spaces.

  • Keep vehicles to formed public tracks and gravel and sealed parking areas.
  • Keep clear of road ends with private gateways/thoroughfares as private landowners need access to their properties at all times.
  • Use designated areas for rest stops or camping.
  • Use public toilets or on-board facilities, and dumpstations to empty campervan toilets and wastewater.
  • Take all rubbish with you when you leave.
  • Fires are prohibited unless in supplied BBQ areas and fireplaces.

Respect our cultural heritage. Dunedin and the Otago Peninsula have a spiritual and historical significance for many, including Mana Whenua, local Maori.

DCC land is for the benefit of all residents and reserves are treasured by the community. Be considerate to other users.

Please act responsibly on walking tracks that cross private property by goodwill, as not all access tracks are on public land.

Treat all New Zealand's wildlife and plants with care. Many are unique and often rare.

Seals and Sea Lions

Keep at least 10 metres away. Don't come between them and the water. They aren't afraid of you and can move quickly over short distances.


  • Hide so penguins can't see you.
  • Whisper.
  • Keep to tracks and out of their path.
  • Move slowly and never approach a nest.
  • Keep dogs well away from any penguin areas.
  • Turn off the flash on your camera.

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