Queenstown is the centre of the Lake District, a very popular place to visit on the South Island. Not only is it the ‘Adventure Capital’ of New Zealand where you can do the original Bungy-jump, Skydive, Wild Water Rafting and Jet Boating to name some it is one of the few places with a sort of ‘night-life’ with clubs and bars.
Not a party goer or thrill seeker? Parts of the ‘Lord of the Rings’ are filmed amid the mountains, lakes, rivers and forests and Queenstown is the gateway to the Milford Sound, Fiordland.
You can imagine that in summer there is an invasion of campervans all looking for the perfect spot to stay the night. Under Queenstown Lakes District Council By-law, you are not allowed to just ‘park-up’ in an occupied vehicle overnight at any public place in any town. This may sound gruff, but having seen situations ourselves we can understand the feelings of the locals.
Being ‘laid-back New Zealand’ you will be asked to relocate to a designated camping area (and yes, they do charge to stay) before you get fined, $200 on the spot, how long can stay on a camping ground for that!
For your information: All our motorhomes are fully self-contained (A must for freedom camping)
Freedom camping in New Zealand, please ask the locals!