Over-crowded, over-priced – that’s New Year at Queenstown’s Lake View Holiday Park, according to Wellington campervanning couple Jim and Lin Tucker.
They rate the Queenstown Lakes District Council-owned camp the worst of 20 campervan parks they’ve stayed at these summer holidays – and the dearest.
Begrudgingly pre-paying $44 a night for the minimum four nights required at New Year, Jim Tucker says they expected “palatial” surroundings.
“Instead, we were literally cheek by jowl.
“[Staff] complained to us about having our awning out even though I could only put it halfway out.”
It’s also the only camp they’ve had to pay a dollar for a shower – “In the end I didn’t get a shower there because there were queues day and night.”
And their site wasn’t level, Tucker adds.
“Everyone was feeling pretty much the same – that it was a rip-off.”
Their campervan neighbours, Dutch couple Marloes Schmidt and Gijs Graafmans, are equally scathing.
“We pay more than elsewhere and the facilities are no better, maybe even worse, than elsewhere,” Schmidt told Mountain Scene last week.
“It’s a shame to New Zealand tourism.”
Jim Tucker: “I just felt a bit sorry for all the overseas people who had obviously booked in there thinking it was going to be wonderful, because when you read the [website] description it sounds marvellous.”
Contrary to the park’s name, the only lake view is from the ablutions block, Lin Tucker adds.
The Tuckers checked out early but got a refund after putting their complaints in writing.
Park boss Greg Hartshorne yesterday declined to comment.