Holiday Parks and Campsites in Queenstown
There are three different types of campsites in Queenstown: holiday parks, Department of Conservation (DoC) campsites, and free campsites/freedom camping. Here are the main differences:
Holiday parks in Queenstown have a range of facilities of a high standard. Unsurprisingly, this comes at a higher price. They also offer a number of accommodation types, but campers can always rely on holiday parks to have powered sites to plug up your campervan and tent sites (providing there is availability). For more on what to expect from a holiday park, check outAccommodation Guide to Holiday Parks in New Zealand
DEPARTMENT OF CONSERVATION CAMPSITES
Maintained by the Department of Conservation (DoC), DoC campsites are low-cost campsites withlimited facilities. Twelve Mile Delta only has tap water, while Moke Lake as flush toilets, a cooking shelter and tap water. These campsites are first come first served and you pay your fee to the camp warden.
Freedom Camping in Queenstown
Freedom camping is extremely limited in Queenstown. You cannot camp for free anywhere without a non-self-contained vehicle. Certified self-contained vehicles can park for a maximum of two nights outside on public land outside of the restricted zones outlined on Queenstown Lakes District Council website. For DoC land (Lake Wakatipu bays outside of the town) allow self-contained vehicles for 4 nights maximum in a single calendar month, between 5pm and 9am the following day.
Holiday Parks in Queenstown
- Queenstown Lakeview Holiday Park – NZ$50-$55 for two people in a tent/powered site
- Creeksyde Queenstown Holiday Park – NZ$50-$60 for two people in a tent/powered site
- Q Box Motorhome Park – NZ$45-$50 for two people in a tent/powered site
- Hippo Lodge, Queenstown Hill – NZ$21 per person for a tent site
- Frankton Motor Camp, Frankton – NZ$21-$23 per person for a tent/powered site
- Queenstown Top 10 Holiday Park, Arthur’s Point – NZ$50-$52 for two people in a tent/powered site
- Arrowtown Holiday Park – NZ$40 for two people in a tent/powered site
Department of Conservation Campsites in Queenstown
- Twelve Mile Delta – NZ$13 per person (suitable for all vehicles and tents)
- Moke Lake Campsite – NZ$13 per person (4WD access in winter, otherwise suitable for all vehicles and tents)
Freedom camping in Queenstown
- Kawarau Bridge car park, Gibbston Valley
- East of the Gibbston Back Road and State Highway 6 intersection in the Queenstown Lakes District Council boundary.
- Meiklejohns Bay
- Twenty Five Mile Stream
For more information, check out5 Free Camping Spots in Queenstown.