Being New Zealand’s adventure capital, it’s no secret that Queenstown is host to some incredible views.
If you’re planning to visit this amazing location– choosing accommodation that offers the best value-for-money in an optimal spot can often seem difficult. No worries though, that’s why we’re here!
Let’s unearth Queenstown’s top 7 camping grounds for 2020, and explore the best facilities and activities along the way:
This first location is perfect if you don’t want to feel too remote — it’s close to shops, attractions and activities — and it’s only 400 metres from the centre of town.
The site offers a combination of powered and unpowered sites, and is designed to fit campervans and tents right beside the panoramic view of Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables’ Mountain range.
If that hasn’t convinced you, Queenstown Lakeview Holiday Park also provides an extensive range of facilities, so let’s run through a few options included in your stay:
Planning to visit Queenstown soon? Check out the campground’s accommodation for more information on availability and local attractions.
A bit eccentric, but a top site nonetheless!
Mrs Woolly’s Campground is the perfect pitstop if you’re heading towards the ‘great divide’ of the Southern Alps — Mount Aspiring National Park.
Like you’ll find with most of the campsites on this list, this spot is host to some incredible backdrops, with a walk to the lakefront only minutes away.
With 33 unpowered sites, 5 powered and 7 tent-only spots available, the campground also provides access to clean modern facilities. What’s more? Each kitchen has access to extra pottery, utensils and fridges, so don’t worry if you can’t find that missing fork.
Given the range of activities available — both for kids and adults, don’t miss out on Mrs Woolly’s Campground on your way in or out of Queenstown.
Looking for something with a boutique feel?
Like most other campsites, you’ll find a communal kitchen, laundry, BBQ and free wifi available — but what sets the Queenstown Holiday Park apart is a range of luxury experiences (without being overpriced).
Start with a cosy wood burner for that cold night, or indulge in the site’s hot tub and movie room. Located a little further away than Lakeview Holiday Park, this particular campground also offers a free shuttle bus into town — which is about a 10 minute drive.
With a range of self-contained cabins, motel rooms and campervan sites available, check out the Queenstown Holiday Park if you’re heading towards the bottom of New Zealand’s South Island.
About 15 minutes north of the Makarora township, Cameron Flat is an ideal stop for your road trip adventure. Accommodating campervans, cars and caravans on site, it’s located right beside a river — offering a direct view of the Southern Alps.
Whilst facilities are quite basic, we’d recommend staying the night if you’re passing through the Western side of the South Island. You’ll have access to toilets, an undercover area and water — and for as little as $8 (NZD), you can pocket your savings for what matters most — the adventure!
Since this particular campground is part of the Department of Conservation, just bear in mind you’ll have to make a booking ahead of time.
Head about 16 minutes upstream and you’ll find Pleasant Flat Campsite!
Offering an incredible view of Mount Hooker, this campsite also offers facilities very similar to Cameron Flat, with 30 non-powered sites available for $8 (NZD) per night.
You’ll have access to toilets, shelter and water — and if you download the AllTrails app ahead of time — you’ll also be able to find some great tracks to take you along the Haast River down to Thunder Creek Falls.
Just like our fourth campground, you’ll have to make a booking ahead of time through the Department of Conservation.
On the outskirts of town – about 20 minutes away – prepare for the breathtaking views of Moke Lake. Here you’ll not only have the freedom to park your campervan or pitch a tent just about anywhere along the shoreline, but you’ll also be able to take advantage of some nearby activities.
If you enjoy a brisk walk, you have the option of taking two tracks: the first one — a 2.5 hour loop around Moke Lake, and the other — also a 2.5 hour walk towards Lake Dispute.
But if that’s not your thing, don’t worry! Moke Lake also provides access to horse riding, kayaking, swimming, fishing and mountain biking — so be sure to enquire in advance if you’re up for it.
With a private campsite, water access, sinks, toilets and an undercover cooking area, it’s perfect for feeling remote, even though you’re only a short drive to the centre of Queenstown. Our only piece of advice? Some of these campsites — especially this one — are available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis, so in peak season — plan ahead!
Alright sorry, we know — this last campground isn’t technically in Queenstown, but it’s only about 20 minutes away from the centre of town — perfectly situated for wine tasting, lookouts, or skiing at Coronet Peak.
With 140 powered sites available, in addition to self-contained cabins and lodges — it’s a great location to rest just outside of Queenstown, hosting shower and toilet facilities for those arriving by campervan, and a guest laundry and communal kitchen for all.
As we mentioned, skiing is one of the highlights! Arrowtown Holiday Park provides a direct shuttle bus to the ski club, but even if you’re not up for it, the view from the top is still spectacular. Closer to the park, the township also boasts some wineries, cafés and walking tracks to take up your day, plus some amazing eateries.
Looking for something a little more settled, but don’t want to miss out on the views? We recommend checking out the Arrowtown Holiday Park ahead of your next camping trip.
Now that we’ve looked at the best camping grounds in Queenstown, which site are you planning to visit in 2020?
If you’re going beyond Queenstown, be sure to check out the top campgrounds across the South Island.
Otherwise, if you’ve visited some of these campgrounds in the past or are unsure about anything, feel free to let us know – we’d love to hear from you.
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