When camping in Queenstown please help us to keep our parks, native bush, lakes and beaches free from pollution and waste.

Below you'll find some useful information on freedom camping in Queenstown as well as links to sites that have more information.

Camping Our Way

Learn more about the guardianship and sustainable management of natural, built and cultural resources in NZ for the collective benefit of current and future generations. The Camping Our Way site is also full of useful information about responsible camping.

Freedom Camping in Queenstown

When travelling and camping in Queenstown please be environmentally conscious - take only photographs and leave only footprints.

Who can freedom camp in Queenstown?

If your campervan or motorhome is fully self-contained (with a toilet, wastewater tank and rubbish facilities on board) then you may camp overnight for free on most land administered by the Council, away from the town centres and residential areas. There is some public land including DoC reserves which are excluded. Please observe all no camping signs.

Please remember:

  • Camp away from the region’s town centres and residential areas
  • Dispose of your wastewater at one of  the regional motorhome dump stations
  • Only dispose of your rubbish in bins provided within the town centres or at the Council transfer stations
  • Do not light any fires
  • Leave the area as you found it, free of litter and damage
  • Stay a maximum of two nights

Who cannot freedom camp in Queenstown?

Freedom camping in our town centres or residential areas (including parks and gardens) is not permitted and is likely to result in a parking infringement notice and monetary fine.

If you don't have a fully self-contained campervan or motorhome (one with a toilet, fresh water storage, wastewater tank and rubbish facilities on board) then you cannot freedom camp anywhere in the Queenstown and Southern Lakes District. Instead, you should stay in a holiday park or camping ground.

More information about camping in Queenstown