For those who love the pace of exploring on foot, Queenstown offers a wide range of walking tracks for all levels of fitness. Emma Jackson, Marketing & Quality Assistant, shares some of her favourites:
Queenstown Gardens (0.5hr)
Stroll along the lake and through the botanical gardens, a tranquil setting a short distance away from the hustle and bustle of town.
Queenstown Hill (1-3hr)
Take a hike up Queenstown Hill (also known as the mountain of intense sacredness) and sit in the ‘basket of dreams’. See our beloved town from up high, and the magnificent surrounds of Lake Wakatipu.
Kelvin Heights Peninsula (1 hr)
Accessible by a scenic drive or water taxi, head to the end of the peninsula. Follow the trails around the pristine golf course, admire the art sculptures and explore the little bays around the track.
Bobs Cove (0.5-2hr)
A delightful walk just a short drive from Queenstown en route to Glenorchy. Explore the native forest and the calm waters of the cove. Head a little bit further on the loop track up to the lookout and be rewarded with panoramic views of Bobs Cove and the surrounding wilderness.
Mt Crichton Loop (3hr)
Follow the footsteps of prospectors during the Otago Gold Rush. Sam Summers’ hut can still be explored half way along the loop track and discover native plants, waterfalls and impressive views of Mt Crichton and Lake Dispute along the way.
“I absolutely love all of these walks but if I had to pick a favourite, it would have to be Queenstown Hill. It’s easily accessible and although a popular track for locals and tourists alike, you may not see a fellow walker for a while and so it’s very peaceful from the hustle and bustle of town. It is an uphill workout, but that’s what I like about it. You can take you time or push yourself to the top. You feel much more rewarded with those views as you’ve really earned it. I recommend going right up to the summit for 360 views, but the lookout at the basket of dreams is just as beautiful. Take a picnic – you’ll want to soak in the views at the top!”
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