20/04/2016 - After the Gillespie Pass ordeal we headed to the Department of Conservation Moke Lake campsite about 20 minutes outside of Queenstown for a bit of peace and tranquility. Again we arrived in darkness via a winding gravel path so were only able to appreciate our camping spot at dawn. Moke lake, glowing pink and cloaked in mist was the scene that morning of a mind numbingly cold bottle shower and bore witness to mounting pre-bungee jitters.
Our vans parked in convoy, some more comfortable than others, we roused for a hot brew and some brekkie. A flurry of activity surrounded the Jucy van which contained our living/party room and looked after the waifs and strays from the other vans. DOC campsites charge roughly between $6 and $12 and facilities are pretty basic with running water and simple but clean toilets. The free Campermate App provides a comprehensive guide to the whereabouts of all campsites, some of which don't cost a penny. After some scrambled eggs and a visit from some curious neighbours, we were back on the road headed for Queenstown.