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From Te Anau take Route 94 to Lumsden (77kms) and turn north on Route 6 toward Queenstown. Stop at Fairlight (61kms) and Kingston (18kms more) to have a look or perhaps a ride on the Kingston Flyer train. The town of Kingston is where they keep the train at the end of the road. Recommended holiday park in the area to stay is the Kingston Holiday Park at www.holidayparks.co.nz/kingston. A good place to stop before tackling the road around the lake and the activity of Queenstown.
From Kingston to Queenstown it is a beautiful ride along the lake. Lots of pull off areas along the way. Be ready for a twisting and turning road in the mountains. Fabulous scenic drive!
Going toward town on Route 6 from the south you cross the Kawarau River on a one-way bridge. On the right at the top of the hill there is a turn-off toward the airport and the large shopping centre. This is the easiest place to go for what you may need when driving a camper or bus. Queenstown is not camper van/bus friendly in street sizes and/or parking. When getting in to downtown Queenstown you will be on Frankton Road (6A) from the circle on Route Six at Frankton. Close into town turn right on Stanley Street and on the right you will see a parking lot. Go past to the circle and turn right on Ballarat Street for access on the right. Very seldom cannot find space there except in the heart of the season. Three hours for two dollars and easy walking all over the Queenstown downtown area. Other than that go on through town on the road to Glenorchy and try to find a park.
Don't miss the drive along Lake Wakatipu to Glenorchy (45kms). It is a must! A visit to Moke Lake on the right along the way if you got the time. It is one of the most beautiful DoC camps in the country.
Queenstown is considered by many the ultimate in destinations. If adventure is your desire there is no question. Jetboating, paragliding, and the home of bungy jumping is just the beginning plus what a place to fulfill your retail needs and no question about the fabulous restaurants and cafes. A bustling and busy place by New Zealand small town standards with the bars and nightclubs going full tilt in the evening hours after the adrenaline junkies finish assault on their adventure pleasures. Lots of great walks and the lake is ideal for boating and water sports.
Be sure to go out to Glenorchy. What a spectacular drive! One of the most enjoyable drives touring the country plus several places to stay for campers. Try to go out to the DOC camp at Moko Lake. The turnoff is on the right a short time after leaving Queenstown on the Glenorchy road. Several kilometres from the main road on a picturesque isolated lake perfect for swimming, fishing and kayaking. Usually plenty of room to park overnight.
There are also plenty of activities for families also. A ride up the gondola and perhaps a luge ride , take a farm visit across the lake on the Earnslaw, ride in a monster truck, go-karts, 10pin bowling and more. A great holiday spot for anyone.