Crown Range Summit

Crown Range Summit

Overnight Campervan Parking

Reviews

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The Gillies

Ranking: 10/10

Great spot with amazing views. V windy and stormy but spectacular. It is just a car park, but a great spot to stop over close to Queenstown.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Thangs

Ranking: 10/10

Go early as spots are limited if you wish to face the mountains. No facilities. Only for self contained vehicles (or risk a fine!). Priceless view of the mountains. Drive up to the space is about 20 minutes from the main road.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Peter

Ranking: 10/10

Stunning view of the valley into Queenstown, one of the best sunsets we saw. Plenty of space with a view when we arrived at 5 and were one of the first there. Lots of space even if you don’t get there until late though. No facilities so self contained only.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Fran

Ranking: 7/10

Cold and windy, but ok for one Night. No toilets. Quite a lot of space.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Solveig

Ranking: 10/10

Amazing views! A must-stay place if you’re self contained and heading towards queenstown.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Forrest Poirier

Canada

Ranking: 8/10

Amazing view looking down the valley towards Queenstown. Plenty of space for 20+ campers but arriving early will guarantee you a spot right on the edge of the cliff overlooking the valley.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Emily Schacher

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

Was super cold.. A minus 6 degree night in October. But a beautiful view.. And a good spot for astro photography.

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

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Tiago

Ranking: 10/10

Nice freedom camping.
The view is phenomenal. The place is not busy at all. Definitely would go again.

Reviewed about 3 years ago

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Rebecca

Ranking: 9/10

This was a great spot with views over queenstown and a good stop before heading to Wanaka. We stayed here two nights in a row, unfortunately only for self contained so you would be out of luck otherwise as theres no toilets. Pretty open area so it can get quite windy. Also lots of people come to watch the sunset here so it will be busy around that time but then most people head out.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Breeze

Ranking: 8/10

Beautiful sunset but got quite windy up there. No toilets or anything so it is really more a pit stop kind of spot if your not self contained. Amazing sunset and sunrise! Busy as with cars stopping to take photos of the view.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Marilli

Ranking: 6/10

Yes the view is nice and there is a lot of space.
But you have to go up the crown range road which is heavy with a campervan when you just want to visit Queenstown... and anyways forbidden for britz campervans...
And in the morning cars on the road were honking and woke us up... must have been on porpoise because t i can’t see what’s there to hunk for :D

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Scooper

Ranking: 10/10

Wow! This spot was terrific. No facilities, but felt reasonably safe as there is a traffic camera watching the location and you can check your van out while there - the location has great phone service - you can look it up on the metservice web page, search for traffic camera crown range. The sites aren’t completely flat but almost, and the view is spectacular. We stayed overnight during a snowstorn and were snowed in until the grader came to clear the carpark in the middle of the day. We were prepared for this (batteries charged, plenty of gas, chains, snow gear, etc) but most of the other vans weren’t. Don’t stay there in the cold months if you aren’t prepared for it because you could be there for a while. Our neighbours were freezing and one group got so desperate they tried to dig themselves out with chopping boards (FAILED, BTW...). In the cold months you must have chains for your van. We had an awesome time there and will stay again.

Reviewed almost 4 years ago and experienced in September 2018

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Sophie Skinner

United Kingdom

Ranking: 6/10

Very exposed site and a little tricky to find a flat area and no shelter whatsoever. Only us and one other camper which felt a little isolated. No facilities. Local teenagers being silly with cars up and down the mountain made us a little uneasy. Otherwise quietened down at night and good view across to Queenstown.

Reviewed almost 4 years ago

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Mischa

Ranking: 10/10

Ridiculous views and super quiet!! At sunset lots of people pull over to take pictures but we were practically the only car there. Serenity at its finest!

Reviewed almost 4 years ago

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Rachel

Ranking: 10/10

What a stunning place to park up for the night! We felt on top of the world!
It is a long slow drive but well worth the view.
We were the only van there, joined later by the gritter, as it started to snow.
The road was fine to drive down in the morning, despite the snowfall.
Some cars stopped off for photos both in the evening & the morning.
This could be irritating in season.

Reviewed about 4 years ago

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Christina

New Zealand

Ranking: 9/10

Amazing spot for self contained vehicles overlooking Queenstown. Lots of people coming and going during the day but night time very quiet.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Klex Becker

Ranking: 9/10

Amazing view above Queenstown. There are many cars just stopping for taking pictures, but after the sunset it's getting quiet. There are 10 spots on the edge with the amazing view directly from the camper. Other 15 campers can park in the second row.
There is no toilet.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Alice Addy

Ranking: 8/10

Breathtaking views, no facilities but if you're self contained that doesn't matter. Would visit again.

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Tash van Leeuwen

Ranking: 9/10

Incredible views, but you're best to drive up in the evening as there seems to be a lot less traffic/people around at that time. We woke up to an overwhelming amount of tourists in the morning. Otherwise I can't really complain about this place, free camping and literally nothing around you apart from the exceptional views. Would rather stay here instead of getting overpriced/overhyped Queenstown accommodation.

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Niels Petit

Ranking: 10/10

1 word = amazing.

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Craig Eagleton

Ranking: 9/10

We arrived after five hours traveling from Milford Sound getting there at around 6pm. The view is amazing. Commercial aircraft (no noise) flying below you in the Gibbston Valley heading for the airport. Not much level ground to park, but we managed. The wind was immense, but such is 2017 summer.

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Jos Tolboom

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

Great view, site is ok. No facilities.

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Puneet Mishra

India

Ranking: 9/10

We came here quite late in the night, it was the only place we could find after traveling, we didn't want to drive to late in the night. We woke up in the morning greeted by a fantastic view. Although it was near the highway it wasn't very noisy in the night. Me and my wife decided to take a walk while the kids stayed in the camper watching a movie. The view was fantastic after the 1 hour walk, I would highly recommend going on the hike. Overall a decent place to stay at if near the Wanaka area.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago

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Avery Wong

Ranking: 9/10

Free camping at the top of the mountain pass on our way down from the glacier region to Queenstown. It was cold and the wind was howling at night. But bring a good blanket and you'll be fine. Great views!

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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Gerard Schlooz

Ranking: 8/10

Nice sunset and nice sunrise location. Basic but good and free! All by ourselves in November!

Reviewed almost 7 years ago

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Anita and Wilbur

Ranking: 8/10

Arrived in the dark and woke up to amaaaazing views! Crown Ranges are beautiful covered in snow. It snowed overnight and flakes drifted from above into our van from the opened roof-window, was so cool.
No amenities; essentially a look out car park. We also slept in and woke up to heaps of cars and people stopping in.

Reviewed almost 7 years ago

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Steffen Paul

Ranking: 6/10

Was good for a stopover on the way to Wanaka. Got pretty cold at night and crowded, but a nice view of the town and sky at night. Very basic and no toilets.

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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Matt Weston

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Beautiful setting on top of the mountain pass. Gets cold though.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Niamh Duane

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Lovely quiet spot at the Summit, just past the monument. Beautiful views of mountains and Queenstown - cold!

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Pioter Jurkowski

Poland

Ranking: 7/10

Great views, no facilities. Very early got super busy with people driving Wanaka-Queenstown.

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in January 2014

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patrick+ katerina

Switzerland

Ranking: 9/10

Amazing spot with great view. There are no facilities at all. Real freedom camping.
Please only self contained motorhomes and please leave your place clean.

Reviewed almost 9 years ago and experienced in April 2013

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S M

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Amazing view down valley. Basically a gravel car park at the summit. No facilities but this is what freedom camping is all about! Had the place to ourselves. Not signed, but just turn in next to the monument at the summit and choose your spot! Not bothered by road noise at all.

Reviewed over 9 years ago