Famous for: Adventure, Outdoor Activities, Lakes, Mountains, Hiking
Short stroll to challenging uphill hikes to narrow trails, you can find all levels of hiking trails in Queenstown. From a thrill seeker to beginners, everybody should keep a day to experience the hiking while enjoying the stunning landscape of Queenstown.
When to visit:
january - may . september - december
00:00 - 23:59 Everyday
The Department of Conservation (DOC) website is a great source of track information and the latest trail conditions.
Flora and Fauna in Queenstown are diverse which can be explored through various hiking trails. Few of the regions which can be explored trough hiking are Ben Lomond, Queenstown Hill, Glenorchy, Arrowtown and Lake Hayes. Trails are of all levels from a short stroll to challenging uphill hikes to narrow trails that cut into gullies.
Few Popular Tracks are:
Queenstown Hill Time Walk (3 hrs/4.2 KM): Intermediate level of difficulty. Popular for 'Basket of Dreams' sculpture and spectacular scenery.
Mt Crichton Loop Track(2-4 hrs): Easy level. Popular for Historic gold prospector's hut, Rivers and waterfall and Gully views
Moonlight Track(one way 4 hrs/14 km): Advanced level of difficulty. Popular for Gold-mining history, Views of Southern Alps, and Shotover River views
Jack's Point(4 hrs/5.6 km): Easy level of difficulty. Popular for Mountain views and Lake Wakatipu
Ben Lomond saddle hike(4+ hrs) : Advanced level of difficulty. Popular for stunning views of mountains & lakes, Mount Aspiring and Ben Lomond summit.
Few difficult hiking tracks are:
Routeburn Track 32km, 2 – 4 days The Routeburn is most commonly started at the eastern trailhead, beyond Glenorchy, two hours drive from Queenstown; the finish is at the Divide on the Te Anau–Milford Highway, around four hours to Queenstown. This can also be joined with either the Greenstone or Caples Tracks to make a near-loop back to Lake Wakatipu.
Milford Track 54km, 4 days The Milford Track (53.5 km) starts at Glade Wharf (at the head of Lake Te Anau, access from Te Anau Downs, 27 km from Te Anau). It finishes at Sandfly Point in Milford Sound. The track may only be walked in one direction This track follows the emerald Clinton River before ascending Mackinnon Pass into an awesome scene of towering peaks, deep glaciated valleys and lofty waterfalls.
Kepler Track 60km, 3 – 4 days The Kepler Track (60 km) starts and finishes at the Kepler Track carpark. Starts on the lake side path outside the Fiordland National Park Visitor Centre. Passing the Te Anau Wildlife Park, continue around the shores of Lake Te Anau to the Kepler Track carpark near the Lake Te Anau control gates
Greenstone Caples Track 61km, 4 days The tracks start near the shore of Lake Wakatipu, beyond Glenorchy, around two hours’ drive from Queenstown by shuttle. This track can be walked all year, while the Caples may be off limits in winter.
Hollyford Track 56km, 4 – 5 days This is the only low-altitude, multi-day hike in Fiordland that can usually be walked year round. This track begins at the Fiordland terrain in the Darran Mountains area, and goes down the Hollyford River/Whakatipu Kā Tuka to the sea at Martins Bay.
The Department of Conservation (DOC) website is a great source of track information and the latest trail conditions, you can also visit them at the DOC information centre in downtown Queenstown.