Queenstown campervan hire - camping tips
Camping is a way of life in New Zealand and most Kiwis have been brought up going away for summer holidays to camp sites throughout the country. As a result, you will find that we are very well equipped to accomodate campervans throughout New Zealand.
There are a huge number of camp sites scattered throughout New Zealand and all towns will have more than one option for you to choose from. Top 10 Holiday Parks are very well regarded nationally, but you can also find much cheaper privately run sites which are still of a very high quality. Prices vary depending on how close you are to popular tourist destinations, so a bit of research will help you save money. The Rankers map shown below gives you all of the campsites throughout New Zealand and includes areas where you can freedom camp too.
Recently however there has been a bit of a backlash against freedom camping as a result of people not using public toilets and making a mess of the natural environment. We are very conscious of this as a campervan rental business and want to make sure that we do everything we can to make sure that people who rent from us look after the natural environment for everyone to enjoy. All of our camper vans come with chemical toilets and we obviously encourage our clients to use them rather than heading into the bushes. A recent rule change has meant that removal toilets in campers means they no longer can comply with being 'self contained.' This simply means there are some areas that you can't camp. Keep an eye our for signs that forbid freedom camping or places that only allow for self contained vehicles - getting a fine for camping in the wrong area isn't a great souvenir from your New Zealand holiday!
There are a large number of public toilets throughout New Zealand, including in some of the designated freedom camping areas. For public toilets in the Queenstown Lakes area, check out this link - Queenstown Public Toilets
When emptying the chemical toilets look for this sign. Whenever you see it, it means you can empty the toilet free of charge. Most campsites have it as do a number of service stations and public toilets.