The 6 Best Queenstown Campgrounds


Queenstown is the home of breathtaking scenery, incredible experiences and world-class restaurants. This is the perfect place for a campervan adventure in the mountains. Discover the top-notch Queenstown campgrounds that can compliment your travels, from peaceful and remote locations to eco-friendly campgrounds with a view. Just browse Camplify for the ideal van to hire, book your campsite and embark on an alpine escape! Here are some of the most picturesque Queenstown campgrounds to enjoy.

1. Driftaway Queenstown

Driftaway is the epitome of Queenstown campervanning, with mountain and lake views that rival those of the views from the top Queenstown hotels. The facility hub is modern, with a drying room (perfect for ski holidays!), an indoor kid’s play area and an outdoor barbeque area with a view. Bathroom, kitchen and laundry facilities on hand give you options – hire a simple van from Camplify and make the most of the amenities at Driftaway. To level up your stay even more, this Queenstown campground has private hot tubs that overlook Lake Whakatipu. Indulge a little and book a soak before retiring to your camper for the night. Driftaway is also a short 5-minute drive from the Queenstown airport. Fly in, pick up your Queenstown campervan and check into Driftaway. 

2. Hampshire Holiday Parks

Formally known as Queenstown Lakeview Holiday Park, Hampshire Holiday Parks Queenstown is one of the most well-known Queenstown campgrounds. It’s perched on the hill and overlooks the town centre, the Remarkables mountain range and Lake Whakatipu. Book a powered site at Hampshire Holiday Park and find yourself within walking distance of many Queenstown must-visit spots including the Skyline Gondola, Fergburger and Queenstown Bay. Motorhomes like Milford the luxury Mercedes are perfect for your stay at this campground, with plenty of space to lounge around and soak in the views.

3. Moke Lake Campsite

If you’re looking for seclusion and utter peace without driving too far out of town, Moke Lake Campsite is the ultimate place to stay. Only a 20-minute drive out of town, this Department of Conservation (DOC) campsite is great for a getaway in the mountains. Look for self-contained campers on Camplify, as it’s all non-powered sites out there. Barry the Defender could be the perfect fit to get you there along the gravel roads but always check with van owners if you’re able to travel off the beaten track. Moke Lake Campsite works on a first-come, first served basis, so be sure to rock up early and enjoy the lake and loop track during the afternoon before settling in for the evening.

4. Queenstown Top 10 Holiday Park

In Arthurs Point, the Queenstown Top 10 Holiday Park is in a setting fit for an alpine holiday. Surrounded by mountains and river valleys, you’ll be close to nature and adventure. Shotover Jet is nearby for thrill-seekers, and Onsen Hot Pools for leisurely days. In Top 10 Holiday Park fashion, this campground is equipped with powered and non-powered sites, a great playground and hot pools of their own! If you’re on a South Island round trip, pick up a caravan for hire from Camplify like ‘Family Adventure’ in Christchurch. Once you reach Queenstown, park up and unhook at this top Queenstown campground and settle in, and make the most of the holiday parks free shuttles into town.

5. Queenstown Holiday Park Creeksyde

If you’re looking to tuck yourselves away in a classic Kiwi campground setting, but still be within walking distance to the heart of Queenstown, Queenstown Holiday Park Creeksyde is a great choice. With lush gardens and immense greenery, this is one of those Queenstown campgrounds that provides a tranquil, welcoming environment. Sleep among the native kōwhai, cabbage tree and rātā plants, and wander to Horne Creek to see the ducks, salmon and trout. Find the perfect camper for you on Camplify, and you’re in for a memorable Queenstown holiday!

6. Twelve Mile Delta Campsite

Enjoy the simple camping pleasures at Twelve Mile Delta Campsite, a DOC site near the edge of Lake Whakatipu. With no fuss and no frills, these non-powered campsites are perfect for those seeking outdoor fun like swimming in the lake and walking the scenic tracks. Drive roughly 15 minutes out of Queenstown, towards Glenorchy to get to this picturesque place to stay. Hire a camper like Otto on Camplify and cosy up under fairy lights as you watch the sunset in Queenstown.

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Cover Image: Driftaway Queenstown

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Sarah Campbell
Sarah Campbell
Founder of one of New Zealand’s largest independent travel media brands New Zealand Guide. Sarah is based in the tourism capital of New Zealand, Queenstown. She is well travelled across all of New Zealand and loves to help people get the most out of their travel across the country.

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