Driving around New Zealand in a camper van is such an optimal way to see it! NZ's Department of Conservation really does a nice job making camper van parks affordable, accessible, clean, and with amazing views (especially on the South Island). And on top of that... some of our favorite spots so far have been freedom camping spots where we park our van for free! Lake Pukaki was one of those freedom camping spots where we had this view right out the back window of our van! The clouds are concealing the beauty of this place a bit here, but in good weather, Mount Cook can be seen in the center of this landscape behind the first row of mountains.