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  • The Best Camping in Queenstown

    Looking for the best camping in Queenstown? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Queenstown. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

    Top camping spots in and near Queenstown

    • Ben Lomond, New Zealand

      Camp at Moke Lake

      4.3 mi
      The drive to Moke Lake from Queenstown is only 14km but it takes about 30 minutes since you're on a dirt road for a good portion of it. You'll pass Lake Kirkpatrick and lots of sheep on your way to Moke Lake, but keep driving until you get to the campground that's on the southeast end of the lake...
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    • Glenorchy, New Zealand

      Backpack the Magical Earnslaw Burn

      8.7 mi / 1968.5 ft gain
      Once you identify the parking area (Right turn off Glenorchy Paradise Road just before crossing the Earnslaw Burn, park a the bend in the road.) Cross the boggy meadow in a NW direction until you see the orange trail markers on trees.The trail below bush line is long, very rugged and covered with...
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    • Mount Earnslaw, New Zealand

      Climb Mount Earnslaw, Mount Aspiring National Park

      16.8 mi / 8000 ft gain
      Start at the Rees Valley Trailhead, approximately 30 minutes from Glenorchy. The trail begins as a dirt road that passes through grazing land and small tributary creeks that flow into the Rees. The first 4.4 miles (7 km) of the trail hugs the Rees River and stays in the grassy and often boggy riv...
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    • Kinloch, New Zealand

      Backpack the Routeburn Track

      12.5 mi
      If you're looking for the best the Routeburn Track has to offer but only have one night to spend - hike from the Glenorchy side Routeburn Shelter to Lake Mackenzie in 12.5 miles (approx. 3,500 feet of elevation gain) and stay at this stunning hut location before backtracking over Harris Saddle th...
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    • Fiordland National Park, New Zealand

      Camp at Cascade Creek

      This campsite is just off the Milford Highway. There will be a sign for the Cascade Creek Campground exit. Follow the dirt road for several minutes before reaching the campground. You may find a spot immediately, but the campground is fairly large and can get busy, so drive until you find a spot ...
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    • Glendhu Bay, New Zealand

      Roys Peak Track

      6.8 mi / 4127.3 ft gain
      This is a very strenuous uphill hike, with very few level stretches along the way, so make sure you have a good level of fitness, and wear sturdy shoes to avoid blisters, as the way back down will be hard on your knees and feet. The track begins on private land, which is grassy with lots of shee...
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    • Mount Aspiring National Park, New Zealand

      Valley of the Trolls

      1.9 mi / 1312.3 ft gain
      The Valley of The Trolls can be accessed from the head of Lake Harris, off the Routeburn track. The trail in the valley is a lot tougher going than the well maintained Routeburn track. The valley floor will quickly become a swampy bog after a rain.  Getting to the trail is easily done about 300 ...
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    • Cattle Flat, New Zealand

      Climb the Buchanan Peaks above Lake Wanaka

      18.6 mi / 8202.1 ft gain
      From Wanaka-Mt. Aspiring Road, head west out of town and past Glendhu Bay (and Roy's Peak). Go right on West Wanaka Station Road and follow it until the obvious split towards the Homestead Bay / Minaret Burn Track parking area to the right.Take the Minaret Burn / Homestead Bay track approximately...
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    • Wanaka-Mount Aspiring Road, New Zealand

      Backpack to Aspiring Hut

      11.2 mi / 531.5 ft gain
      If it is your first time backpacking - this is exactly what you're looking for. I'm not joking! Not only was this my first time camping (the night before), but this was also my first backpacking trip. And the tramp is also a great choice for families! Aspiring Hut is in the West Matukituki valley...
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    • Mount Aspiring, New Zealand

      Hike to the Rob Roy Glacier

      6.2 mi / 1625 ft gain
      Follow the Wanaka-Mount Aspiring Rd. west of Lake Wanaka. The pavement turns into a dirt road shortly after you drive around the lake. You will drive for about an hour, then park at Raspberry Flats in the Matukituki Valley. From the Raspberry Flats lot, the trailhead begins at the swing bridge ab...
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