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Queenstown is the adventure capital of New Zealand and maintains a core population of approximately 30,000 people, whilst hundred of adventure-seeking outsiders head into Queenstown causing that number to increase vastly throughout during the year. If Queenstown is your arrival destination and you need to pick up your rental motorhome from Queenstown then it is worth reviewing all of the options on offer with NZ Motorhome Rentals. Review all of the campervans and motorhomes that are available in the beautiful Queenstown and customise your preferences at the search window, it is super easy to arrange several days of adventure, tours of a week to two weeks in length or even a one month adventure with your Queenstown motorhome rental.
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Queenstown Motorhome Hire Exploration
An adventurer’s dream, the alpine wonderland of Queenstown has over many years become a hub for travellers and adventure tourism in New Zealand's Central Otago region in the South Island. Having worked tirelessly to earn its title as the adventure capital of in New Zealand, and arguably the entire world, Queenstown features everything from skydiving to jet boating and wine tasting to skiing, there is something for everyone in all seasons in this alpine resort and adventure in situated in a Southern paradise.
In the past Queenstown holds a wealth of history, having in 1862 become a town booming during the gold rush in Central Otago. The walking and hiking tracks on ground first broken by the explorers of the late 19th century are now draw cards for thousands of visitors from all over the world. Queenstown is an NZ Motorhome hire stronghold, with many flexible hire options for campervans and thousands of miles of road to explore.
There is a lot of ground to cover so strap in and read on.
Our Top Tips For Your Own Queenstown Campervan Hire Epic
Queenstown offers a near endless list of options for your vacation. We recommend you get your favourite people, rent a motorhome using the NZ Motorhome Rentals signature search engine featuring over 34 campervan providers with flexible pick up and drop off options, and explore the beautiful and raw Southern landscape on your own terms.
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Day one: Head out into the wild on board one of Queenstown's many jet boat providers. Visit a number of surreal sites for gold mining set in between some of the world's most beautiful scenery. See both historic canyons and several locations where the Lord of the Rings was filmed. Many locations are also steeped in tradition, being the setting for many ancient Maori myths and legends. Jet boating is an adrenaline fuelled way to see some of the most beautiful and remote locations in the region! We recommend visiting one of Queenstown's stunning cafes to refuel and make your way forward into the wild. Take your hire campervan to one of many fully equipped camp grounds and bed down for the night.
Day two: Get out into nature and hike some of New Zealand's most incredible nature scapes. Queenstown is central to many of New Zealand's fabled great walks and the perfect location to explore the region in depth. Head from location to location on your own schedule by hiring your very own motorhome. If you're pressed for time, the walk to the Routeburn Falls Hut is a great option. With the track entrance located only 45 minutes from central Queenstown in Glenorchy, the track is only 4 - 5 hours (roughly 9km) return. We recommend seeking additional guidance from iSite and the Department of Conservation for any weather warning and detailed track information and updates. Be sure to pack a lunch, plenty of water and several hours of daylight before heading back to your campervan to hire a spot at a near by camp ground to rest for the night in Queenstown.
Day three: Queenstown is home to some of New Zealand's most stunning wine regions. Take your campervan and pack it up somewhere safe. Rent some bicycles and hit the trails cycling between the wineries. Sticking the theme of your self guided motorhome rental holiday, take your group from beautiful vineyard to vineyard. Full and half day guided winery cycle tours are available to get that extra added insight from a local expert wine guide. The winery cellar doors feature many exceptional restaurants, so take an hour or two and enjoy the highest quality cuisine on offer.
Day four: It's time to take it up another notch and hit the mountain biking trials in the heart of the region, the trails are maintained by the Queenstown Mountain Biking Club and are some of the best in class. Make sure you pack plenty of food and water a huge day out on the trails. After spending a day out on the trails, head out to get some high quality rest and relaxation at the famous Onsen Hot Pools (don't forget to book in, this place is popular). Then cruise into town for a dinner at one of Queenstown's many restaurants along the water front. Take your rental home to a new camp ground with a view and bed down for the evening.
Day five: Jump on the saddle and explore the Queenstown region on horseback with one of the many providers of guided horse riding in the region. Trekking on horse back is an epic and traditional way to see the inner Kaurau River and Glenorchy from the foot of the remarkables. Book in tonight to see the stunning sights over heads and go Stargazing with Skyline Queenstown. Talented guides will highlight for you the epic milky way and many constellations for your viewing pleasure.
Day six: The Queenstown markets are open every weekend from 9am to 4pm and offer a plethora of locally made goods and delicious deli style stalls featuring food and drink from the heart of the region. Why not spend tonight hopping from bar to bar and enjoy the warmth of an open outdoor fire place and mulled wine. Enjoy your night aboard your motorhome and hire a spot in a comfortable campervan park.
Day seven: Finish up your Queenstown adventure with a 4 wheel drive day and hit the trail on self guided 4 wheel drive truck or quad bike adventure. Take your pick of a muddy epic blasting your way through the back country or take in an authentic Queenstown experience tripping it through a high country station on an electric bike.
Arrowtown is one of New Zealand's most picturesque towns and a must see destination only 20 minutes from your flexible campervan rental from Queenstown Airport. With a rich history rooted in gold mining, Arrowtown is close to a number of golf courses, the stunning Lake Hayes, and features many restaurants and cafes. Autumn Festival in Arrowtown is a high point of the year as the leaves of trees that line the streets turn from green to a rich gold heralding the onset of Winterfest in Queenstown. We recommend a New Zealand wide escape in your motorhome with a pick up and drop off the length of the country, from Auckland through to the bottom of the South Island.
Tāhuna, meaning Shallow Bay.
Queenstown - Christchurch: 483 km / 300 mi
Queenstown - Dunedin: 282 km / 175 mi
Queenstown - Lake Tekapo: 256 km / 159 mi
Queenstown - Milford Sound: 286 km / 178 mi
Queenstown - Motueka: 812 km / 505 mi
Events and attractions:
#1 Lake Wakatipu
Lake Wakatipu is an inland lake stretching 80 kilometres (50 miles) in length. The visually spectacular Lake Wakatipu is New Zealand’s longest and third largest lake. Famous for its epic vistas, the Queenstown’s local and tourist population soak up the sights from the multitude of walking and cycling tracks that meander along the lake’s pristine shores.
#2 Bob’s Peak and Skyline Gondola
Bob’s Peak is the place to visit if you want to see the most stunning panoramic views around Queenstown. Making your way to the highest point is as easy as going on a self-guided trek (locally known as the Tiki Trail) or travelling up the Skyline Gondola. Whatever route you opt to take, rest assured that you’ll be in drivers seat for the view of a life time over the breathtaking landscapes that Queenstown is famous for.
#3 The Remarkables
Situated on Lake Wakatipu’s southeastern shores, the Remarkables mountain range abruptly reaches sharply up into the (often) blue skies creating a beautiful backdrop along the waters. The Remarkables are also famous for their skiing and snowboarding quality!
#4 Queenstown Gardens
The tranquil Queenstown Gardens are situated at the heart of town and are well worth a visit on your motorhome adventure. Offering sanctuary from the hustle and bustle of Queenstown’s surroundings, the gardens are a great place to relax and wander from your campervan.
#5 Skippers Canyon
Skippers Canyon is a historic and visually stunning gorge that stretches over 22 kilometres (13.7 miles). The canyon is accessible via Queenstown along the road that leads to Coronet Peak Ski Field. Skippers Canyon is a popular stopover for heritage cruises, jet boating and bungee jumping.
#6 Shotover River
The Shotover River is a favourite among calm and thrill-seekers alike – the rapids and fast current make the river one of the most spectacular places for jet boating and white water rafting. The Shotover River is over 75 kilometres (47 miles) long and flows south of the Southern Alps through to the Kawarau River.
#7 Nevis Valley
Famous for housing the world’s biggest rope swing, the Nevis Valley is one of Queenstown’s most iconic adventure sights. The Nevis Bungy platform is also the third highest in the world, coming in at 134 metres (439.6 feet). The valley is slightly off the beaten track, and can only be accessed via a shuttle service that departs from downtown.
#8 Marine Parade
Marine Parade comprises the idyllic Queenstown Beach, the iconic Bathhouse Café, and the solemn Queenstown Fallen Soldiers Memorial. There is a pathway connecting it to the Queenstown Gardens, and locals love to spend some time exploring it during the summer months. Marine Parade is also the place to catch local events like the annual Winter Festival’s opening night fireworks and New Years’ celebrations.
#9 The Kawarau River
The Kawarau River drains Lake Wakatipu, flowing 60 kilometres (37 miles) eastward to Kawarau Gorge. Rapid currents and narrow stretches turned this river into a prime spot for riverboarding, jet boating, white water rafting and river surfing. The Kawarau Gorge Suspension Bridge is also renowned for being the birthplace of commercial bungee jumping.
#10 Gibbston Valley Winery
Gibbston Valley is one of the closest wineries to Queenstown. Its vineyards are perched up the rugged schist mountains near Kawarau Gorge. High altitudes and diversified climatic conditions allow Gibbston Valley to cultivate the Pinot Noir varietals the Central Otago region is famous for.
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