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Responsible Camping in the Queenstown Lakes District


Responsible camping is all about caring for our spectacular environment as much as we do.

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Responsible campers leave no trace and help keep our communities and natural environment free from pollution and waste!

The Queenstown Lakes District allows responsible camping in certified self-contained vehicles only.

Camp responsibly in the Queenstown Lakes

    • Ensure your vehicle is certified self-contained

    • Always use the provided toilets (or your own)

    • Use a designated wastewater dump station for your sewage sink water

    • Use your own facilities for bathing, washing, and toileting to keep our environment clean and pollution free

    • Dispose of your rubbish and recycling in the bins provided or at the transfer stations

    • Always park in the areas specifically designated for your type of vehicles

  • A self-contained vehicle must meet the Caravan Self Containment standard. You’ll need to be able to live in the vehicle for three days without getting more water or dumping waste. It must have:

    • A toilet
    • Fresh water storage
    • Waste water storage
    • A rubbish bin with a lid

    A self-containment certificate warrant card MUST be displayed at all times.

    For more information on how to be self-contained, head to:

    Freedom Camping - New Zealand Government

  • For your convenience, there are 33 dedicated car parks for large campervans in the Boundary Street Carpark, Queenstown. These are for large campervans, generally described as motorhomes, which often struggle to fit into a normal car park.

    Large campervans are prohibited from parking in Queenstown CBD and could face an infringement of $40-$60 if parked incorrectly.

    Smaller campervans such as Jucy or Wicked Campervans are permitted to park in the CBD as they are of similar size to an ordinary car.

    Arrowtown has 9 dedicated parks for large campervans in the lower Ramshaw Lane carpark.

    Wānaka has 6 dedicated parks for campervans located just up from the Wānaka Rotary Playground on Wānaka-Mount Aspiring Road.

    • BP Service Station, Frankton Road, State Highway 6, Frankton
    • NPD Service Station, corner of State Highway 6 and Hawthorne Drive, Frankton
    • Lakeview Holiday Park, 6 Cemetery Road, Central Queenstown
    • Wānaka Showgrounds, corner of Brownston and McDougall Street, Wānaka


There are many places you can camp, ranging from fully serviced holiday parks to DOC (Department of Conservation) campsites.

Visit or download the free app for full details.









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