27 Rankers Reviews
145 Freedom Camping
57 Queenstown Township
NOTE - Please depart by 9am each morning.
This is a fantastic spot to have breakfast after camping the night, but please note that you must depart before 9am in the morning, or you may be subject to a $200 fine.
The local DOC Ranger says thanks those who do depart by 9am as it really reduces his work load:)
South Island ▷ Queenstown Region ▷ Queenstown Township
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Amazing views of Lake Wakatipu with the surrounding snow peaked mountains out every window. Arrive right at 5 if you want a spot on the water. We got here at 5:15 and 5/6 waterfront spots were taken. Room for another ~8 campers with views of the mountains and bush. Please re-open the rest of the lot!
Larger section was closed but there were still about 8 campervans of various sizes parked with us in the smaller section when we woke up. Make sure you have plenty of bug spray as there can be a lot of sand flies.
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Large section of the place is currently closed off so not a lot of space, it was quite overcrowded when we stayed.
Nice view over the lake for the first ~2 arrivals and those braving the sandflies on the shore. 5pm-9am only.
Short drives to glenorchy or queenstown.
Free spot on route to Glenorchy. You will see a sign which indicates you need to turn in, just before a small bridge when the road drops to a single lane. There was enough space for a dozen campervans but it did feel like a carpark. You had to park close together and there was a combination of enclosed vehicles and those sleeping in cars/vans. We found a lot of beautiful D.O.C sites for only $8 in Glenorchy which we would have preferred such as Lake Sylvan. When you head through Glenorchy there is a sign that says "freedom camping is now permitted from here onwards" so if you are coming to do the routeburn track or a walk in the area and find this area full - keep on driving another 20 minutes or so for further spaces.
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Being the nearest free site near Queenstown was highly beneficial (roughly 30min). Stayed here 2 nights while exploring Queenstown in the day. Located right before the one way bridge on glenorchy-queenstown road. Cold overnight and morning but peaceful with the sounds of the lake.
Great spot, very popular though.
Environ 15 à 20 places mais nous sommes arrivés vers 17h pour avoir un emplacement Top face au lac.
1ier free camping en venant de Queenstown.
Beautiful spot by the lake. You can take your car right up to the waves — amazing to hear the water as you sleep.
There’s ample space for dozens of campervans and there were at least 12 or so when we were there.
No picnic tables, toilet, or drinking water... it is just a safe and legal place to sleep. Self-contained only. And you can camp between 5pm to 9am. So plan on leaving before 9am.
Very beautiful views of the lake. I knocked it down a star due to the sandflies in the morning. They weren’t so bad in the evening or daytime. No toilet, but plenty of room for campers!
Ideal free spot on way to Glenorchy. No facilities. Shame some people are spoiling it - seems to have developed a toilet bush around one side. No problem for self contained though. Nice little beach onto the lake.
Great spot next to the lake. Plenty of space, approx. 30 mins from the centre of Queenstown.
Beautiful location for a stop of if wanting a free place near Queenstown, it’s just before the one lane road(a little bit hidden) but blue sign as soon as you drive in
Lots of spaces to park and 39 mins from Queenstown. We reckon this is your best free option for being that close to the town. No facilities but if you get up early and five to town to get a coffee at a cafe you’re sorted, or there are lots of public toilets in Queenstown den by the harbour. Nice views of the lake aswell.
Thanks to all the good people working for the NZ Department of Conservation - for all your hard work - making NZ more beautiful, accessable and healthy! Cheers 😍