Van destroyed after fire on Wanaka lakefront
A Hiace van and all its contents were destroyed by fire on Wanaka's lakefront just before 9.30 on Friday morning.
Queenstown police Senior Constable Darren Cranfield said it appeared holiday makers had been cooking with gas on the Roys Bay lakefront reserve when the fire took hold.
Further details were not available. The campers left the reserve before Stuff could talk to them.
Cranfield confirmed no one was injured.
"It is well and truly toast. They've got some gear out but obviously they have lost a lot of stuff," he said.
Wanaka Fire Brigade station officer Tony Wellman agreed the occupants would have lost most of their belongings.
He confirmed the fire source was gas. The blaze was put out promptly.
The fire comes a day after the Coastguard, police and fire services were all called to a drunken party involving about 500 people on an island in Lake Wanaka.
Party organisers had encouraged people to paddle across to Ruby Island, generally in flimsy inflatable boats and with large amounts of alcohol, to drink on the beach. Many were too drunk to make it back to shore.
The Rhythm and Alps festival kicked off on Friday, with more than 7000 people descending on the small Central Otago town for a weekend of festivities.