A Million Dollar Campsite For $13 Per Night!
DOC’s 12 Mile Delta Campsite near Queenstown offers an incredible opportunity to relax in some of the best scenery New Zealand has to offer.
The Department of Conservation have long provided campsites for travellers on a budget. While DOC’s camp facilities may be basic, some of the locations are utterly sublime!
Queenstown is New Zealand’s tourism mecca with more than 3 million visitors ticking a visit off their bucket list annually. Accommodation options are varied and often fill up fast, but if you’re travelling on a shoestring and have no aversion to camping out in the open, we highly recommend the 12 Mile Delta campsite. It’s easy to find & well signposted, 12 miles out of Queenstown on the road to Glenorchy.
One of the best attributes of the 12 Mile Delta (other than the spectacular views and camping next to one of the most beautiful alpine lakes in the world) is that the campsites are flat. I can’t count how many miles I have driven while trying to ‘level up’ to keep the gas fridge running and my head higher than my feet while sleeping. I imagine it’s the same when sleeping in a tent.
This campsite is vast, boasting 100 non-powered sites. Toilet facilities are strategically placed so you don’t have to walk far to use one. The ‘vault’ toilets are far superior to your average ‘long drop’. They don’t smell and are much more pleasant to use. During peak season, facilities are well serviced by camp custodians. Running water is also readily available from a series of taps. Water is untreated and it’s recommended that you boil it prior to consumption. A lot of work has been done to improve the campsite, with new bunds planted out to provide shelter & privacy. Large picnic tables are readily available adding handy spots to prepare and enjoy your meals. You’ll need a gas appliance for cooking as fires are not permitted at any time.
It’s a short walk to the edge of Lake Wakatipu, where you can fish, swim, kayak or just relax and take in the spectacular views. If you’re up for a day walk you can check out Mt Crichton Loop Track, Twelve Mile to Bob's Cove Track and Lake Dispute Track.
The 12 Mile Delta has a real community feel. Travellers from all over the world come together here to share experiences and make new friends. The camp is also frequented by many Kiwis who love sharing their local knowledge.
The tariff to stay here is $13 per night/adult, $6.50 per night/child & under 4’s stay for free.
With million-dollar views, clean and tidy facilities and great activities right outside the tent flap or camper door, this spot is a steal!