Leg Nine Te Anau to Queenstown
180 km Driving time:
Photograph by Britz.
We got up early and started the drive to Queenstown, leaving Deer Flat campsite in the rear vision mirror of our Action Pod. We decided to camp halfway between Queenstown and Glenorchy at another DOC campsite: Twenty-Five Mile Stream.
We left Twenty-Five Mile Stream campsite early in the morning and drove back to Queenstown for our final full day in New Zealand.
We went to Fergburger at 11am to get in line early. The 25 minute wait was totally worth it for a deliciously unreal Tropical Swine burger. (Do not attempt to eat on anything but an empty stomach.) We worked off out big lunch with a walk up Queenstown Hill for the view over the town and lake.
That night we parked the van at
Queenstown Holiday Park & Motels Creeksyde. It was an expensive night but, after 10 days paying very little for each spot, we couldn’t complain.
Where was the best view?
The view from the top of Avalanche Peak looking over Arthur's Pass.
Where did you stop for a picnic?
Lake Tekapo. We sat beside the lake with bread rolls.
Where was your favourite place/town visited and why?
Arthur’s Pass. I hadn’t heard much about it, and it was a wildcard choice to go, but we were absoloutely blown away with how beautiful it was.
What was your favourite activity/experience and why?
Hiking to the top of Avalanche Peak – honestly, it has to be experienced.
Best café for coffee?
Action Pod. Haha! We made our coffees out the back of the campervan!
We made our food on the road. But we did enjoy a great meal at a pub in Arthur's Pass village. Delicious pizza.
Did you have a favourite Holiday Park you stayed in and why?
Not so much holiday park, but Deer Flat campground – just off the road toward Milford Sound – this spot was spectacular.
What would be your top tip for other campervan travellers?
I’d say do your research on the campsites around. I spent so much time doing this before we left and the ones I thought would be the best ended up being the worst. The free campgrounds are just unreal. If your vehicle is certified self-contained, who cares if there are no toilets? The views are to-die-for.
Can you share a recipe from something you cooked in the campervan?
Nope. Top secret. Haha, I’m kidding. The best meal we had was beef tacos. We made these at Henry Creek campsite in Te Anau.
What is your greatest memory of the whole campervan holiday?
The moment we reached the end of Hooker Valley Track. The view of Mount Cook and the glacier below were just breathtaking. (Clichéd, I know!)
Amelia and Mark travelled in the Action Pod, which is one of our brand-new summer vehicles.
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