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Queenstown, New Zealand

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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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  • 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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