Hive of activity: Driftaway Queenstown managing director Rochelle Peychers in front of the main services building


The former Frankton Motor Camp’s opening’s been pushed back to the beginning of February.

Driftaway Queenstown managing director Rochelle Peychers says plans to open the state-of-the-art campground before Christmas have been hampered by consenting hold-ups due to Covid, and delays getting building materials due to the last lockdown.

‘‘We’re definitely disappointed to miss the holidays,’’ Peychers says.

‘‘We’ve tried our absolute best to make them, but sometimes you can’t control the uncontrollable.’’

Bookings are being accepted for February 1 onwards, and will be brought forward if possible.

The main services building’s expected to be finished by Christmas, and the first of 11  cabins or self-contained villas, built in a Christchurch factory, are arriving this week.


There’ll also be 130 tent, caravan and motor home sites, three spa pools and a playground.

When the 100-odd builders leave, 8000 natives will go in the ground.

Sustainability’s been central to the facility’s design, and will be embedded in how it’s run, Peychers says.

There are 58 solar panels on the main building’s roof, a heat recovery system’s being installed in its bathrooms and laundry, and the whole site’s future-proofed for the expected
uptake of electric vehicles over the next couple of decades.

Peychers, along with Te Anau couple Georgia and Bryan McChlery, have signed a 22-year management lease for Driftaway with Queenstown’s council.

It comes after Frankton Motor Camp was closed nearly two years ago as part of the council’s new camping strategy.