Christchurch to Queenstown
Road Trip Itinerary

Ten Day Campervan Lake Experience

An adventure of mystery, nostalgia and serenity

There’s something special about being in the company of a grand piece of water. The environmental balance of a lake can help provide a calmness of mind — ideal if you’re travelling to reconnect with nature.

Plan your ten day Christchurch motorhome rental with a drive to Queenstown and fully relax by parking up at some of the best lakes the South Island has to offer.

From glacial-fed lakes to human-made reservoirs, from turquoise hues to dark blue tones, from oligotrophic lakes to mesotrophic ones — we feature an array of impressive bodies of water.

And if sitting back and just taking in the scenery isn’t your thing, try fishing, soaking, kayaking, boating or even parasailing at one of these lakes.

This adventure will see you head straight for the Canterbury foothills then deep into the Southern Alps before crossing into Central Otago — returning via the underrated West Coast lakes.


Itinerary highlights:


  • Lake Heron
  • Mount Sunday
  • Dark Sky Reserve
  • Mount John
  • Lake Pukaki
  • Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Museum
  • Hooker Valley Track
  • Alps to Ocean Cycle Trail
  • Ohau Snow Fields
  • Omarama Clay Cliffs
  • Matukituki Valley
  • Crown Range Road
  • Queenstown’s cycle trails
  • Lake Wakatipu
  • Skyline Gondola and Luge
  • Lake Dunstan Trail
  • Blue Pools Track
  • Haast Pass Lookout Track
  • Lake Matheson Walk
  • Hokitika Gorge
  • Kura Tawhiti Conservation Area
Christchurch to Queenstown road trip itinerary

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