Queenstown is situated on the shores of the South Island’s Lake Wakatipu. Famed for its array of adrenaline-inducing activities, Queenstown is a must-do for any thrill-seeking traveller. Of course, there is lots more to keep you entertained if you like to don’t like to seek those thrills, like stunning scenic lakes, beautiful waterfalls and hot pools. So before you hire a campervan in Queenstown from us, check out these cool things to do!
High on most travellers priority list when visiting Queenstown are the Nevis bungy jump and swing. The bungy jump will see you freefall 134m for 8.5 seconds after jumping from a suspended cable car. The swing will see you scream as you complete a 300m arc either alone or with a friend. This is the stuff that both dreams and nightmares are made of. You’ll be wanting round 2 as soon as your feet are back on solid ground.
If you’re looking to explore Queenstown in your campervan, then head to the historic and picturesque town of Arrowtown, situated on the banks of the Arrow River. Here you will find the Lakes District Museum, the best small museum in New Zealand alongside an international golf course and 4WD scenic tours. It’s also the centre for most walking and cycling tracks in the Wakatipu. It’s only a short 20-minute drive from Queenstown via Malaghans Road or State Highway 6.
If you’ve heard of Queenstown before, it’s likely you’ve heard of Fergburger too. Probably the most well-known burger joint in New Zealand, Fergburger offers a fuss free, flavoursome menu with awesome fries to match. You might have to queue for a little while, but trust us, it’s worth the wait.
There are many stunning places to visit in on the outskirts of Queenstown that are all within a 30-minute drive in your campervan. If you take the scenic route to Glenorchy then you find yourself at Lake Wakatipu, an idyllic spot for some breathtaking photographs.
If you’re heading to Wanaka, then take the Crown Range Road. The road takes you high up into the Crown Range where you will be able to see some incredible views, if you can find the ridge at the top and wander all the way across, you should be able to see Frankton and Queenstown in the distance.
The Coronet Peak is an incredible location, with rolling hilltops, tranquil waters and breathtaking scenery. If you’re lucky enough to take a trip during winter, the snow-covered hills are quite an impressive sight.
Just 40 minutes from Queenstown along State Highway 6 will bring you to Kingston. Kingston is known for its relaxed vibe, lakeside setting and outdoor lifestyle making it an ideal place for a stopover on your campervan road trip. There are many picnic spots dotted around and you can even give fishing a go at Lake Wakatipu or the nearby Mataura River, perhaps in the hope, you’ll catch some dinner. Kingston is also the starting point for Eyre Mountains Conservation Park hike and the new Around the Mountain Cycle Way.
Skippers Canyon is another fantastic location to visit in Queenstown whilst road tripping in your campervan, located only 30 minutes to the north of Queenstown. Here you can find the historic, 22m long canyon and the scenic gorge that was carved out by one of New Zealand’s richest gold-bearing rivers, Shotover River. If you fancy some thrills on the water whilst you are visiting, check out the Skippers Canyon Thrilling Jet Boat Ride and Scenic Transfers tour.
January is the hottest month in Queenstown with an average temperature of 16°C with the coldest month being June with temperatures averaging 4°C. The wettest month is October with an average of 90mm of rain.
If you’re planning a road trip around the south island of New Zealand, get in touch with one of our friendly team members for a campervan quote today.
- Fergburger – amazing burgers, some say the best in NZ
- Balls and Bangles – delicious treats at great prices
- Taco Medic – super tasty tacos and excellent service
SOME FINE DINING OPTIONS
- The Bunker Restaurant & Bar – fine dining without the pretentiousness
- Rata – impeccable menu consists of locally-sourced seafood and various meat and cheese-based delicacies
- Arrowtown Holiday Park – Only 8 minute walk away from town
- Queenstown Holiday Park Creeksyde – located just meters from town and supermarket
- Queenstown Lakeview Holiday Park – Most central holiday park in Queenstown