If you’re looking for a cheap place to stay near Queenstown and don’t mind camping, well, there is probably no cheaper place to stay in such close proximity to the adventure capital of New Zealand than Twelve Mile Delta DOC campsite.
As much fun as Queenstown is, it can be pricey, especially for the budget traveller. Luckily there are a few Department of Conservation campgrounds in its vicinity that cost next to nothing, so you have more money to spend on those bungy jumps, Lord of the Rings and winery tours!
Twelve Mile Delta DOC campsite location
The Twelve Mile Delta campground is only 11km outside of Queenstown and sits right on the shore of the beautiful Lake Wakatipu. At Twelve Mile Delta DOC campsite, you get to camp on quite a large campground that is essentially a gravel river delta.
Set-up of the campsite
When I visited the campsite, I didn’t see many campers or tents at all. It seemed more of a picnic or overnight stop rather than a campsite for multi-night stays. This isn’t really surprising, given the fact that the grounds are mostly gravel, with bits of forest, and thus not really suited for tents. Campervans are fine, but still, you’d probably want a bit of a larger patch of grass to lie down and read a book or play some ball.
Activities around Twelve Mile Delta
You can swim in Lake Wakatipu if you’re not afraid of the cold water, or go kayaking. Fishing is also a popular option. You’ll also see a lot of people just stop by to have a picnic and take some pictures. This spot was the set for Ithilien camp in Lord of the Rings after all!
- Type: Standard
- Fee: $6 per person per night (kids pay $3)
- Location: 11 km outside Queenstown, off Glenorchy Rd.
- Facilities: 100 tent sites; long-drop toilets; no picnic tables or shelters; water from the tap.
- Notes: dogs on leads allowed; large size campground; no ranger on site; the self-registration box at the entrance.
For more information on Department of Conservation campsites in New Zealand, read my introduction to DOC campsites.
Check out these other DOC campsites in New Zealand:
- Lake Hawea Kidds Bush
- Mavora Lakes
- Mangahuia, Tongariro National Park
- Kinloch, Otago
- Moke Lake
- Cascade Creek DOC campsite