Queenstown and Southern Lakes Campervan Holiday
Queenstown, otherwise known as the Adventure Capital of the World, a mighty title for this small town hugging the north-eastern shore of Lake Wakatipu, but one that has been well earned!
Adventure seekers soon discover that whether you’re into high adrenaline-pumping activities like bungy jumping, skydiving, jet boating, and whitewater rafting, or prefer milder activities in the great outdoors like mountain biking, hiking, gondola rides, panoramic photography, landscape painting or even just soaking up the scenery. It's the perfect backdrop for a memorable Queenstown Motorhome Rental Holiday.
There is an abundance of outstanding food and wine to discover as you tour through the Queenstown region in your rental motorhome. Maori myth abounds in Queenstown, as do many rivers, which fed into Lake Wakatipu, including the Kawerau River, which passes through the Kawerau Gorge and Gibbston Valley en route. Here some 300 metres above sea level is the southernmost commercial wine region in the world, where the vineyards of the Gibbston Valley cling to sides of the steep river gorge.
Grapevines, deer, and rabbit aside, native flora and fauna in Queenstown is never hard to find. Hiking tracks provide a variety of flora from the alpine tussock lands of the Ben Lomond Track, to the beech forests of the Lake Sylvan Track and Glacier Burn.
And so it seems that Queenstown has always lured man, be it for moa, pounamu, grazing, or gold; these days it’s for its dramatic scenery and in the last 30 years Queenstown has grown from a sleepy lakeside town into a sophisticated year-round tourist Mecca, where the mechanical wizardry of Kiwis, combined with the landscape provide an unrivalled range of ways to enjoy the great outdoors.
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The first humans in this once inhospitable part of the world were moa-hunters who pushed inland chasing their prey in the 12th century. Then came the Ngati Mamoe, followed by the Ngai Tahu who through intermarriage and warfare, united three tribes into one, and from that point forward controlled the supply of sacred pounamu, or New Zealand jade, also known as nephrite and greenstone, which was plentiful in the Routeburn and Dart Valleys.
However according to local Maori legend, this phenomena is due to the “Hollow of the Giant” or Whakatipua, and came about when an evil giant named Matau, kidnapped Manata, the beautiful daughter of a powerful Maori chief...
Queenstown is a popular pick up point for motorhome rental, with several large suppliers offering rentals. It is particularly popular with local New Zealanders and Australians who have direct flights who pick up their Queenstown Rental Campevan after a direct flight. Otherwise many motorhome tourers pick up their rental motorhome in Christchurch - about a 6-7 hour drive from Queenstown.
Here, at the western flank of Central Otago, where the Southern Alps tower above deep glacier-gouged lakes, the pure atmosphere aids the play of light, evoking nuances few other landscapes permit, providing a spectacular backdrop for a range of pursuits. And one of the best introductions to the town is a ride to Bob’s Peak aboard the Skyline Gondola for outstanding lake and mountain views.
Queenstown’s gentler side can also be experienced by following almost any road heading out of the township in your rental motorhome. The road to Glenorchy, at the head of the fated giant, is a classic scenic drive, hugging the waterline all the way to the Dart River.
Queenstown is one of those places which you will inevitably visit on a motorhome rental or campervan hire adventure on New Zealand’s South Island. There endless opportunities for both relaxation and invigoration, so take your pick, but whatever you decided to here you’ll bound to have a great time. When you’re ready, fill up with food and fuel, and head for Haast, only 219Km north but as with the rest of the country, lots of opportunities to stop and explore.