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How to spend one week in Queenstown with a camper


As most travelers who have been to these fine shores will tell you, the best way to travel New Zealand is by campervan. If you have found yourself hiring a campervan in Queenstown with a week of free time and fuel for fun then this guide’s got you covered.


A one-week Queenstown itinerary gives you enough freedom to divide up your time between the town and nearby areas. If you only have seven days in Queenstown though, you don't want to spend too much time driving. Aim for the highlights in the Queenstown/Wanaka area. Your itinerary will look something like this: 

Queenstown/Glenorchy – Day 1-3

Te Anau – Day 3-4

Milford Sound – Day 4-5

Arrowtown – Day 5-6

Wanaka – Day 6-7

Pro tips


Day 1-3 – Queenstown/Glenorchy

Use our top tips for things to do, places to eat, and where to stay to fill three days in Queenstown. View of Queenstown from mountain


Things to do


Fergburger – If you are a burger fan then you have to try out the NZ famous burger. There is always a line but it moves pretty quickly and totally worth it!

Vudu Café – Award wining café serving fresh, local, and organic food. 

Atlas Café  Into craft beer? You can’t go past this cafe. They have delicious brews on draft for any pallet.

Miss Lucy's  Fancy a drool-worthy woodfired pizza or refreshing cocktail or two? Head on up to our very own rooftop bar and pizzeria (conveniently located at our JUCY Snooze)


Lake View Holiday Park has good facilities and is only a short walk to the main street in Queenstown. When traveling in the middle of winter, it is great to stay at powered sites so you can heat up your van before going to sleep. 

Snooze Queenstown has budget-friendly pod accommodation for before or after your Queenstown campervan trip. 

Go freedom camping just outside of Glenorchy – you'll wake up next to the lake with a mountain backdrop. 


Day 3-5 - Milford Sound / Te Anau

Any good Queenstown itinerary should include a trip to Milford Sound. Before you go, know that there are no supermarkets, petrol stations, ATMs or service on the road from Te Anua to Milford Sound. Make sure you top up you vehicle with enough petrol and get any cash out. Fill up at NPD Fuel in Mossburn for the cheapest gas in the area. You can pay for accommodation and boat trips with card.JUCY Camper on the road


Things to do


Take supplies into the sound with you. You can cook your own meals in Milford Sound as there aren't many places to eat out, plus you'll save money. JUCY campervans have fridges and mini kitchens to make this easier. 


Stay at least one night in Milford Sound to properly experience its beauty before. 

Milford Sound Lodge is a holiday park with excellent facilities and situated very close to the fiord.

You can also go freedom camping just outside of Te Anau. 


Day 5-7 - Arrowtown/Wanaka – Day 5-6

Wanaka is within easy driving distance of Queenstown, so in seven days you can easily squeeze in a little road trip over the Crown Range. Two friends standing on top of a snowy mountain


Things to do


Akarua Wines and Kitchen by Artisan is a top brunch spot, situated outside of Arrowtown.

Red Star Burger rivals Fergberger for delicious burgers. 

Federal Diner is the place to be to grab a good coffee in Wanaka, confirmed by the locals!


Albert town campsite is a great spot to park up your campervan for a small fee. It's located next to a river and a short drive away from Wanaka, perfect if you are on a budget but want to stay in close proximity to the town.

Go freedom camping just outside of Arrowtown on the summit of the Crown ranges. It's definitely an adventure spending the night atop a mountain in the middle of winter! Make sure you get here at sunset to watch the sun going down.Couple relaxing in an outside spa bath


You've done it!

Seven days, countless kilometres and heaps of beeps from other JUCY campervans cruising the other way. If you managed to fit everything in then you'll have a great sleep on the plane home, knowing that you did all you could experience Queenstown in seven days! 


Spend one week in Queenstown with a JUCY campervan - You'll love it! 


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