Freedom camper sampling the South

Aussie adventurer . . . Australian freedom camper Joe Flinter (23), of Newcastle, stops for a break at Ocean View Recreation Reserve freedom camping site in Dunedin yesterday. PHOTO: SHAWN MCAVINUE

Joe Flinter (23), of Newcastle, began a freedom camping trip in Queenstown on Tuesday with the aim of “seeing as much of the South Island as possible”.

He was on a two-week holiday and spent the first week skiing in Queenstown with friends.

He and his Scooby Doo-themed campervan were in Dunedin yesterday, and he was planning to head to the West Coast when The Star talked to him at Ocean View.

He stayed in a backpackers on Tuesday, so last night would be his first night sleeping in the camper van.

So far, his freedom camping experience in New Zealand had been positive.

“I’m having a great time.”

Freedom camping in the South Island was on the bucket list of many Australians.

“It’s so beautiful here – you’d be mad not to.”