Campers embrace inner-city facilities

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Happy campers . . . Freedom campers (from left) Janice Lohs, Anne Schmautz and Christin Firchow eat their breakfast in the Thomas Burns St car park on Tuesday morning. PHOTO: JESSICA WILSON

A group of freedom campers enjoys the central location of the Thomas Burns St car park.

Christin Firchow, Janice Lohs and Anne Schmautz, all of Germany, arrived in Dunedin on Monday night and left yesterday.

Talking to The Star on Tuesday, they said they planned to be in the city for two days, and would stay in the car park for both nights.

The friends said they liked that the car park was centrally located, free and had toilet facilities and drinking water.

Ms Schmautz said the site was different from others they had stayed in “because it’s in the city”.

Other freedom campsites they had stayed at were usually “in nature”, so it was nice to have a mixture, she said.

The toilet facilities were “OK for a free campsite”.

They planned to spend their time in Dunedin exploring the city, in particular the railway station and street art, Ms Firchow said.

Dunedin is just one stop on their three-week trip of New Zealand.

The trio have been working and travelling in Australia and holidaying in New Zealand.